UTRGV third in UT System, top 20 in minority-serving institutions nationally, in federal funding for science and engineering

Reymundo Ortiz, a UTRGV psychology student and U.S. Army veteran

Reymundo Ortiz, a UTRGV psychology student and U.S. Army veteran, this summer is at Syracuse University in New York, to study the effects of PTSD on veterans. His research is part of a National Science Foundation-funded project, and looks at how PTSD affects veterans, their families and the communities they live in. His research is one of UTRGV’s numerous research initiatives funded by the NSF, which ranks third in the UT System, and in the top 20 minority-serving academic institutions in the nation, for receiving the most federal research funding for science and engineering. (UTRGV Archive Photo by Paul Chouy)

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – AUG. 21, 2017 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley ranks third in the UT System, and in the top 20 minority-serving academic institutions in the nation, for receiving the most federal research funding for science and engineering.

The National Science Foundation recently released updated data on federal science and engineering funding to universities and colleges for fiscal year 2015. UT El Paso ranked No, 4, UT San Antonio ranked No, 7, and UTRGV ranked No. 17, for minority-serving institutions.

UTRGV President Guy Bailey said federal funding for research is crucial for becoming an emerging research university.

“We have said from the beginning that one of our key priorities is for UTRGV to be a leading research university that enhances the quality of life in the Rio Grande Valley and beyond,” Bailey said. “NSF and other federal funding provide the kind of support that will help us achieve that goal.”

System funding totals for fiscal year 2015 were:

  • UT El Paso: $29.7 million
  • UT San Antonio: $23.3 million
  • UTRGV: $13.5 million

The National Science Foundation, an independent federal agency, in 2015 awarded $127 million to UT institutions, or about 38 percent of all NSF funds awarded in Texas.

Collectively, UT’s 14 institutions received more than $1.1 billion in federal research funding in 2015 alone.
 
“These UT institutions offer the highest level of expertise in scientific research and development,” UT System Chancellor William H. McRaven said. “They are driving innovation and making a significant impact on our state’s future workforce and economy.”

ABOUT UTRGV
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) was created by the Texas Legislature in 2013 as the first major public university of the 21st century in Texas. This transformative initiative provided the opportunity to expand educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley, including a new School of Medicine, and made it possible for residents of the region to benefit from the Permanent University Fund – a public endowment contributing support to the University of Texas System and other institutions.

UTRGV has campuses and off-campus research and teaching sites throughout the Rio Grande Valley including in Boca Chica Beach, Brownsville (formerly The University of Texas at Brownsville campus), Edinburg (formerly The University of Texas-Pan American campus), Harlingen, McAllen, Port Isabel, Rio Grande City, and South Padre Island. UTRGV, a comprehensive academic institution, enrolled its first class in the fall of 2015, and the School of Medicine welcomed its first class in the summer of 2016.

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