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Health Science Center Research Development and Enhancement Awards Program

The Office of the Vice President for Research gives Research Development and Enhancement Awards in order to stimulate and support five primary categories of research initiatives.


Research Development Grants

  • Applicants of the Research Development Grants are eligible for awards that are to be primarily used to generate pilot data for extramural grant applications.
  • Allowable costs include supplies, specialized equipment and salaries for research technicians. 
  • Faculty salaries, general use equipment (e.g., computers) and travel to scientific meetings will not be supported through this mechanism.

Enhancement Grants

  • Enhancement grants are awarded to provide support for investigators who have submitted one or more proposals for peer reviewed (i.e., NIH, AHA) extramural funding that were not awarded, but are likely to be competitive for funding with additional pilot research data.

Bridge Funding Grants

  • These grants provide support for existing funded research projects that have demonstrated likelihood of continued funding after resubmission.
  • This program provides a mechanism for maintaining viability of existing research programs.

Research Infrastructure Grants

  • Infrastructure grants provide support for acquisition of large research equipment and development of core research facilities.
  • Cost-sharing and availability of matching funds from the Health Science Center departments, centers, and components, as well as external institutions and agencies, are principal considerations in this award.

Scientific Program Grants

  • These grants support meetings, symposia, and workshops designed to explore and stimulate development of new research within our institution.


Review Considerations

Recommendations concerning scientific merit, significance of the project for career development and research infrastructure, and appropriateness of the budget are made by the Strategic Allocation of Resources Committee to the Vice President for Research. Priority for funding will be given to proposals that seek to establish meaningful research collaborations between components of the Texas A&M University Health Science Center and Texas A&M University. Priority will also be given to those applications that:

  1. have contributions from multiple sources,
  2. have multiple investigators from different colleges or units,
  3. will increase our base of federally supported funding,
  4. have a fixed time period.


The Research Development and Enhancement Awards Program is primarily for tenured and tenure-track faculty to enhance their academic careers through research program development. Non-tenure track research and clinical faculty are eligible to be principal investigators on Research Development Grants provided the proposed research will have a highly significant potential impact on advancing the overall research programs and opportunities available to Health Science Center faculty and students.


Applications for all types of grants will be accepted year round and are not subject to deadline.

Requests will be accepted using the memo format and guidelines.

Last edited by: schnettler 09/28/2017