College Station, TX – John Sharp, Chancellor of The Texas A&M University System, today announced the expansion of the Chancellor’s Research Initiative across all System schools. Since 2013 the Chancellor’s Research Initiative (CRI), has provided one-time funds to Texas A&M University and Prairie View A&M University for the recruitment and hiring of faculty members who will have a transformational impact upon the academic and research missions of the schools. It is envisioned that such candidates will markedly enhance research funding awarded to the Universities from federal, international, industrial, and/or foundation sources.
“The current CRI has been a great success and is helping Texas A&M and Prairie View A&M recruit top-rate researchers and their teams,” said Chancellor Sharp. “Now we want to replicate that success for our other universities.”
The expansion program will make available $10 million over three years to recruit star researchers or other outstanding faculty to Texas A&M University System campuses, including Tarleton State University, Texas A&M International University, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, West Texas A&M University, Texas A&M University-Commerce, Texas A&M University-Texarkana, Texas A&M University-Central Texas, and Texas A&M University-San Antonio.
“Our priority is candidates who have a proven track record of success in developing and implementing large, multi-investigator, federally funded programs such as National Science Foundation Engineering Research Centers, NSF Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers, foundations that support the liberal arts, and other funding mechanisms of similar scope and scale,” said Dr. Jon Mogford, Vice Chancellor of Research.
Candidates for these positions will also be evaluated on several other factors: their ability to supplement federal funding with additional sources of research support such as commercial partnerships; alignment of their area of study with current and future national research funding priorities and University strategic directions; demonstrated ability to develop successful researchers; and their success as an outstanding educator (for those not recruited for research).
“Texas A&M University, the flagship of our System, is now the largest research university in Texas and the entire Southwest,” Chancellor Sharp said. “Through CRI and the Texas A&M University Institute for Advanced Studies we have recruited Nobel laureates and National Academy members to our classrooms and labs to conduct research into, among other things, regenerative medicine for rebuilding damaged tissue, the use of lasers in agricultural and environmental science, the modeling of new materials for energy storage/production, and the interconnected relationship between agricultural, nutrition, and disease prevention. The expansion of this program to campuses across our System paves the way for even more cutting-edge research and life-changing discoveries.”
About the A&M System
The A&M System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation, with a budget of $3.8 billion. Through a statewide network of 11 universities, seven state agencies, two service units and a comprehensive health science center, the A&M System educates more than 131,000 students and makes more than 22 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. Externally funded research expenditures exceed $820 million and help drive the state’s economy.
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