Texas Tech University

Finding Funding

There are a variety of federal, state, private and internal sources of financial support for research, scholarship and creative activity. A sponsored project is established when this financial support is awarded to the University by external sources in support of research, instruction, training, services or other scholarly activity under an agreement. Sponsored projects can involve several areas of the Office of Research & Innovation (OR&I). The Office of Research Services (ORS) is involved with every sponsored project on campus, regardless of whether it is deemed research, instruction or public service.

Some sponsored project proposals will require specific forms and/or training through the Office of Responsible Research, the Institutional Review Board, the Animal Care and Use Committee or the Investigator Financial Disclosure Committee. It is important to note that Texas Tech may have different human subjects and animal use policies and procedures than your previous institution. Please contact the appropriate office before submitting a grant proposal.

Gifts and Sponsored Projects

Sponsored research and gifts can both often provide research funding. ORS works closely with Institutional Advancement to determine a project's classification. If you have questions, contact Amy Cook, managing director of ORS.

External Funding

There are a variety of resources to find funding. All sources are available on the OR&I Funding Resources Web page. Community of Science (COS) Pivot provides federal as well as foundation opportunities and is recommended as a primary source of finding funding. Texas Tech has a membership to COS Pivot. For questions regarding this system, contact the Office of Research Development (ORD). Grants.gov is another source of federal funding opportunities. TexasOnline will provide Texas state agency funding opportunities. Information on grant-making foundations in the U.S. can be found at the Foundation Center website.

New Faculty Assistance

The ORD is available to assist new faculty. The team will meet one-on-one with new faculty to provide the following services:

  • Setting up automatic grant opportunity announcements tailored to faculty research expertise and interests
  • Identifying the resources and tools available in the OR&I
  • Assisting with first-time submissions

Limited Submissions

Some sponsors limit the number of proposals that will be accepted from an institution. A Request for Proposal (RFP) will state specifically if it limits the number of submissions. ORD manages all limited submissions. When a limit is imposed, the university will require a notice of intent from those interested in submitting a proposal in response to that particular RFP. If more notices are received than the institutional limit allows, an internal competition will be held. As with all proposals for sponsored projects, proposals for limited submission programs are not authorized to leave the university without review and institutional approval from ORS.

Industry/Corporate Sponsored Research

Industry and commercial organizations are a valuable source of research support. While the university encourages faculty interaction with their counterparts in industry, faculty members must recognize the potential for conflicts of interest. Any faculty member receiving funding from industry or corporations must file investigator financial disclosure documents.

If funding is coming from an industry source, ORS provides important forms for both the researcher and the industry sponsor. Those forms include:

  • TTU policies for industry sponsors
  • Standard agreement for industry sponsors
  • Nondisclosure agreement (2-way)
  • Nondisclosure agreement (1-way)
  • Material Transfer Agreement

Please note that policies and procedures about industry and corporate sponsored research may be different from your previous institution. For questions on these policies and procedures, please contact Amy Cook in the Office of Research Services.

The Office of Research Commercialization (ORC) is available to assist faculty with intellectual property patenting and licensing questions. Please copy Amy Cook in ORS on any communication with ORC.

Internal Funding

There are some internal funding resources available to faculty.  All can be found on the OR&I's Faculty Awards Web page.

The Scholarship Catalyst Program supports faculty research, scholarship, and creative activity in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. The Proposal Support Program assists faculty submit extramural funding proposals by providing funds that match support from the faculty member's department and/or college and are used to collect pilot data, travel to a funding agency, or help with required agency matching funds. The Proposal Review Program provides faculty with feedback on a grant proposal that will improve the quality of the proposal before it is submitted to the funding agency. The Transdisciplinary Research Academy supports faculty with diverse interests to generate new research with potential for external funding. The Seed Grant Solicitation for Interdisciplinary Research supports interdisciplinary research and scholarly activities that have potential to attract federal funding and that include the arts, education, humanities, or social sciences. The International Research/Development Seed Grants are intended to enhance international research and development at TTU and TTUHSC. The Presidents' Collaborative Research Initiative supports interdisciplinary research that has potential to attract federal funding and involve collaboration across TTU, TTUHSC, and TTUHSC-El Paso. The Open Access Publication Initiative defrays the cost of author publication fees.

Three internal faculty awards are designed to financially reward the research, scholarship, creative endeavors and teaching of Texas Tech faculty:

The Targeted External Faculty Awards Program provides incentives and recognition for faculty who receive highly prestigious research awards and honors that garner national prestige for Texas Tech University, and are recognized by the Center for Measuring University Performance, the American Association of Universities and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. The Offices of the Provost and the Vice President for Research offer incentives for receiving some of these awards. The OR&I tracks nominations and awards and asks all faculty who have been nominated for or received research awards and honors to report the award or nomination here.