Enabling the UTRGV Research Community

About Us

The Office of Research at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) 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 office also 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.


To foster and support the creative activity; research and professional training; and intellectual property development of the UTRGV faculty, students, and staff as well as to promote national and international partnerships for innovation, commercialization, and workforce development.

The Office of Research supports creative activity, research and professional training, and the intellectual property development of UTRGV faculty, students and staff. In addition, the division promotes national and international partnerships for innovation, commercialization and workforce development.

  • 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

  • Grants and Contracts

    The Office of Grants and Contracts collaborates closely with our stakeholders (Principal Investigator/Project Manager, Faculty, and University community, Sponsoring agencies, and other External entities) to ensure financial compliance with federal, state, and local regulations as well as university policies and procedures. We are responsible for management of expenditures, proper accounting and financial reporting of these externally sponsored program accounts. We are responsible for the cash management of these sponsored program accounts. In addition, we collaborate with the Office of Sponsored Programs and other University departments during audits and desk reviews of these sponsored program accounts. We assign a grant accountant to the award/project to review, monitor, and approve transactions related to the grant as part of the day to day operations.


  • 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.
  • Animal Care and Use Committee

    The UTRGV's Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is specifically charged with the responsibility to assure the humane care and treatment of animals used or intended for use in all research, research training, experimentation, teaching, biological testing, or for related purposes involving live vertebrate animals.

    Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

    Animal Care and Use Committee
  • Export Controls

    The UTRGV's policy is to fully comply with all applicable laws, regulations and contractual requirements related to export controls. This includes, but not limited to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) administered by the Department of Commerce, the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), administered by the Department of State and the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) administered by the Department of Treasury. The successful implementation of the university policy requires compliance by each member of the university community.

    Export laws specifically regulate the distribution of strategically important technology, services and information to foreign nationals and foreign countries to protect national security, foreign policy, and national economic goals. These laws apply to sponsored research projects, international shipping and international collaborations.

    Export Controls