Research, Innovation, and Technology Commercialization

Research, Innovation, and Technology Commercialization promotes, encourages, and provides assistance for research and scholarship and creative activities in all disciplines by the university faculty, staff, and students. The services cover guidance on all research administration including funding opportunities, proposal development, research compliance and post award administration. The department facilitates the transfer of discoveries, creative works, inventions, and processes resulting from research and scholarly activities to the private sector to enhance the quality of life for society. 
Three key units within Research, Innovation and Technology Commercialization include:


Graduate College

The Graduate College oversees enrollment of graduate and doctoral students and maintains permanent student records of graduate degrees. The Graduate College is in a continuous process of developing new graduate programs, with an interest in those that integrate sustainability and allow students to apply the concepts of sustainable development into their field.

Center for Online Learning and Teaching Technology

The Center for Online Learning and Teaching Technology (COLTT) supports the delivery of online courses and programs at UTRGV, including those by delivered online, hybrid or interactive methods. COLTT has implemented a quality improvement program designed to ensure that online courses and programs are designed and developed with high-quality standards and exemplary academic rigor. Courses are delivery by faculty who have extensive experience and qualifications in online learning. The technology and online tools available allow us to develop online learning experiences that are engaging, interactive and personalized.

Professional Education and Workforce Development

The Office of Professional Education and Workforce Development supports the university’s mission by offering professional development and personal enrichment programs that are an extension of UTRGV’s academic resources: high quality, highly-accessible professional certificates, and online courses. 

Office of Global Engagement

The Office of Global Engagement supports the globalization of our faculty and staff, as their experiences with the movement of people and ideas across borders contribute to the academic and cultural environment on our campuses. The Office of Global Engagement oversees international student success, study abroad opportunities, and encourages faculty, staff, and students to contribute to a more just global society.

University Library

The University Library plays a critical role in the commitment of the University to academic excellence in a balanced program of teaching, research, and service. Its main function is to provide educational support for The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. The Library facilitates scholarship by securing and providing access to resources and facilities to students, faculty, and the community. The Library actively assists academic and research programs by providing students with Library use instruction both on an individual and group basis. The University Library serves as the chief information center on campus and plays a strong role as a regional information center.

Office for Sustainability

The Office for Sustainability heads initiatives that support this priority, as outlined in UTRGV’s Strategic Plan, and engages with the campus and community to spread the concept of sustainability. The Office for Sustainability collaborates with faculty who are interested in integrating sustainability into their courses, and with those working on special projects and presentations.

Research Centers & Institutes

UTRGV's various research centers and institutes dedicated for specific research areas including diabetes, vector-borne disease, sustainable agriculture, manufacturing and business incubators, gravitational wave astronomy, and more.