Department of Research, Innovation and Technology Commercialization

News & Announcements:

June 22, 2020: Return to Campus Task Force Executive Summary/ Guidelines

In May 2020 the President appointed a Return to Campus Task Force to provide recommendations and procedures for bringing university operations back to campus in a safe and practical manner. The Task Force consisted of 26 individuals representing all stakeholder groups and divisions across UTRGV, and included faculty, staff, a student, and administration. In addition, the Task Force appointed and engaged seven workgroups, to examine Athletics, Campus Auxiliary Services and Student Life, Campus Events, Lecture and Classroom Activities, Instructional Laboratories, Research Laboratories, and Off Campus and Clinical Activities. These groups involved an additional 80 individuals in the development of specific, actionable recommendations across the spectrum of campus operations.

This Executive Summary will detail at a high level the major recommendations of the Task Force and its workgroups. Additional actionable detail and specific information is outlined in the full report document, entitled Return to Campus – Consolidated Report of the Task Force. Further program- specific detail and guidance is offered in each of the individual workgroup reports, which are also available for review and utilization.

The Task Force and all workgroups recognize that the situation with COVID-19 is highly fluid, and it is possible that modifications may need to be made during the academic year in order to continue functioning in alternate formats. All groups therefore support the development of contingency plans in the case of all instructional activities and operations needing to return to fully online.

June 1, 2020: IRB UPDATE: Interim Policy for the Continuation of Human Subjects Research with In-Person Component through the COVID-19 Outbreak

April 30, 2020: NSF-approved formats for the biographical sketch and current & pending support documents. Read more on the Research Administration page.

March 31, 2020: Additional Guidelines have been posted to the Research Administration page:
    National Endowment for the Arts FAQs 
    National Science Foundation Resources

Aug. 22, 2019: HOP (Handbook of Operating Procedures) Updates. These are rules and regulations governing UTRGV. All other policies can be found at

Sept. 3, 2019: Please note three new research-related HOP Updates.  

FY 2020 Fast facts $10,998,187 external grant funding 65 grants funded 

Read more on the "Reports" page.