Research Activities and Opportunities
Texas Woman’s University encourages faculty and staff to seek financial support for research and other sponsored projects from sources outside the University, particularly for those projects which support the University’s mission statement. Such sponsors include the federal government, state agencies, corporations, and private foundations.
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs assists with identification and dissemination of information on funding sources, and works with faculty members on an individual basis as well as conducting funding workshops. Staff members assist with all phases of proposal development including budget preparation; filling out certification and assurance forms; formatting, proofing, and editing proposals; checking to see that the proposals conform to sponsor guidelines and regulations; routing the proposals for institutional signature and submitting the proposals to the sponsors. The office offers workshops on various aspects of proposal writing and budget development.
The senior grants analyst and the research compliance coordinator work together to assist faculty with the management of their grants and to assure compliance with agency regulations. The office facilitates the work of the Institutional Review Board, the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, and the Institutional Biosafety Committee. Other services include a biostatistician who is available to provide statistical assistance and consultation to faculty and a Scientific Equipment Repair Service.
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs also manages internal funding programs. Each year, there are two cycles of competition for the Research Enhancement Program: new faculty submit proposals to the fall competition; continuing faculty compete in the spring. The Chancellor’s Research Fellows Program pairs faculty with strong potential for obtaining external research funding with experienced mentors; competition for this program is held in the spring. Through its Travel Assistance fund, the office allocates money for fall, spring, and summer assistance to faculty who are traveling to make major presentations. Other programs such as the Summer Stipend Program, Small Grants Program, and Multidisciplinary Research Program are also offered as funds are available.
Additional information may be found on the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs website and in the faculty handbook under the “Assistance for Faculty Preparing Grant Proposals” and “Research Involving Human Subjects, Animals, Recombinant DNA, or Biohazardous Agents” sections or by calling the Denton office at (940) 898-3375 or the Houston office at (713) 794-2480.