Enabling the UTRGV Research Community

Our Offices of Research, headed by Interim Vice President for Research, Dr. Juan Sanchez, is proud to provide assistance and administrative support for the many professors, students, partners and community engaged in important research across the University. Our staff acts to promote the work of UTRGV researchers, to support research faculty, to assist in the commercialization of research, and to assure that projects receive oversight for research integrity and funding accountability.

Contact our Offices for assistance with research projects or to inquire about a research partnership with UTRGV.

  • Sponsored Programs

    The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) facilitates efforts in research by faculty and staff to help seek and administer both internal and external funding for research, scholarship, creative activities and public service-related projects. The goal is to enhance the university’s research capacity and to support faculty members in creating opportunities for students to gain valuable hands-on experience and to better prepare students for graduate careers and the knowledge-based global job market. This is achieved through active participation by faculty members, staff and students, and the research centers on campus.

    Funding Opportunities, Resources and Forms

  • Research Compliance

    The Office of Research Compliance (ORC) is responsible for ensuring research integrity and compliance with federal, state, UT System, and UTRGV policies and procedures.  The office also offers educational programs, guides faculty and staff, facilitates and manages the approval process for research related protocols. 

    The ORC oversees the primary compliance areas of:  Protection of Human Subjects, Lab Animal Welfare, Recombinant DNA (rDNA) and Hazardous Biological Agents (HBA’s), Responsible Conduct of Research, Time and Effort Certification, Export Controls, and Financial Conflicts of Interest in Research.  Additionally, the ORC administers the Human Subjects Research protocols through the Institutional Review Board (IRB), the Lab Animal Research protocols through the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), and all research by UTRGV investigators that involves Recombinant DNA and Hazardous Biological Agents , regarding of funding source, must be reviewed and approved by the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) prior to initiation of work.



  • Research Translation

    UTRGV’s Office of Research Translation’s mission is: 

    To capture and translate intellectual property (IP) and creative works created by our faculty, staff, and students from all disciplines to improve lives in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas, the United States, and the world.

    This mission includes, but is not limited to the following.

    • Educate the UTRGV community about the value of intellectual property, creative works and the processes of disclosure, protection and dissemination of IP.
    • Empowering entrepreneurs, researchers, educators and partners through the policies and processes necessary to achieve successful translation of IP and creative works.
    • Enable the success of the UTRGV research community by providing easily accessible tools and resources.
    • Engage external private and public partnerships and connect research knowledge and expertise to solve unmet needs.
  • Economic Development

    The mission of Office of Economic Development (OED) is to foster the vibrancy of the regional economy through strategic partnerships, relevant programs, and resources in an effort to enhance the quality of life for residents. The OED strives to:

    • Support collaborative strategies that stimulate development efforts and regional growth
    • Invest resources in an entrepreneurial ecosystem responsive to research, commercialization, and business and rural development
    • Support shared community through facilitation of access to university services
    • Enhance organizational sustainability through capacity-building and leadership opportunities

    Concentration Areas

  • Strategic Research Development

    The Office of Strategic Research Development (SRD) assists the UTRGV research community through professional development workshops and seminars, research proposal development, and other research development support services. The mission of the SRD is to:

    • Expand the university’s research capacity.
    • Promote and support research focused on innovative, cross-disciplinary, and transformational efforts.
    • Foster creative research leaders, creative teams, and creative and enhanced funding.
    • Facilitate faculty navigation of the required University Limited Submission Grants process.
    • Coordinate campus use and integration of funding information databases.


    • Strategic Research Advancement
    • Develop research interest working groups.
    • Provide proposal development support for large, center-like awards.