Texas Tech is in a period of rapid growth in its research enterprise. The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) has been charged with leading the university's efforts to increase and improve upon the already excellent research, scholarship and creative activity at the university.
While attending New Faculty Orientation is an important first step in your career at Texas Tech, new faculty at Texas Tech should spend some time talking with colleagues and your department chair to better understand research expectations in your department. It also is helpful to take advantage of the OVPR resources and activities that support faculty development. All faculty are urged to attend the monthly Faculty Research Club which provides a social setting to stimulate interdisciplinary research collaborations, networking and promote informal discussions about research.
There are several areas in the OVPR that directly help researchers in obtaining and managing external funding and technology transfer.
- The Office of Research Services (ORS) is responsible for: proposal submission; proposal budgeting; sub-contracting; contract negotiation; extensions; reporting; faculty training; and some post award processes.
- The Research Development Team (RDT) offers early-stage proposal development assistance for large-scale, center-like proposals, and provides a high-level review of proposals prior to submission. RDT also manages limited submissions for the university. RDT works with new faculty to identify tailored grant competitions, submit first-time grant proposals, and connect with tools and resources in the OVPR. RDT also guides TTU researchers in connecting with their program officers and provides assistance in strategizing for successful resubmissions.
- The Department of Environmental Health and Safety provides assistance and consultation about minimizing hazards and risks in labs, studios and field sites as well as offering a variety of safety training.
- The Office of Research Commercialization works with researchers to assist them in the technology transfer process.
- The Innovation Hub at Research Park (IHRP) is a major center for entrepreneurialism and innovation serving the Texas Tech University System and the West Texas region. Each year the IHRP hosts more than 17 Texas Tech affiliated programs focused on commercializing technology, building business plans, accelerating startup companies, and providing space for translative research. The IHRP is focused on developing the West Texas entrepreneurial ecosystem by joining efforts with Texas Tech System partners and industry.
- The OVPR offers Programs to Support Faculty Success which include a number of faculty development and recognition opportunities including: New Faculty Research Orientation, President's Collaborative Research Initiative, Seed Grant Solicitation for Interdisciplinary Research, Proposal Development Workshop Series, Proposal Support Program, Proposal Review Program, the Transdisciplinary Research Academy, Scholarship Catalyst Program, Targeted External Faculty Awards Program, and internal and awards for faculty excellence. The monthly Faculty Research Club provides a social setting to stimulate interdisciplinary research collaborations, networking and promote informal discussions about research.
- The Office of Responsible Research supports Texas Tech's research compliance program in all research and teaching laboratories and studios as well as responsible conduct of research and research ethics. There are six faculty-led responsible research committees and other areas: Animal Care Services and the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC); the Human Research Protection Program and the Institutional Review Board (IRB); the Institutional Laboratory Safety Committee (ILSC); Radiation/Laser Safety Committee (RLSC), the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC); and the Investigator Financial Disclosure Committee (IFDC).
- Finance and Administration is responsible for: institutional start-up processes; facility and administrative cost return disbursement; line items; and other institutionally funded research initiatives.