2019 Grants Awarded

Every month, UTRGV research faculty and staff submit proposals to fund their research, community outreach efforts, and student opportunities. 

In FY 2019, UTRGV has been awarded 107 grants totaling $19,280,795.

Below, see a breakdown of each month's successfully awarded principal investigators, the projects, award amounts, and sponsors.

  • January

    In January 2019, UTRGV received $2,718,344 in research awards. Congratulations to all!

    Jan 1, 2019 - Jan 31, 2019


    Count of Awards

    Sum of Total

    College of Education & P-16 Integration 1 $374,998
    College of Engineering and Computer Science 2 $33,157
    College of Liberal Arts 1 $18,428
    College of Sciences 5 $668,316
    Robert C. Vackar College of Business & Entrepreneurship 1 $2,100
    Division of Government & Community Realtions 1 $35,119
    College of Health Professions 1 $250,000
    School of Medicine 8 $1,336,226
    Grand Total 20 $2,718,344


    College of Business & Entrepreneurship

    • Dr. Akindayomi Akinloye (School of Accountancy) was awarded $2,100 by The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) to identify and track the de-motivational factors hindering a university’s Hispanic students from pursuing a CPA license. This research is titled “An Examination of the De-Motivational Factors Inhibiting Hispanic Students' Participation in the CPA Exam.”


    College of Education & P16 Integration

    • Dr. Alma Rodriguez (Dean’s office) was the PI on a BranchEd grant that has awarded $374,998 over three years to the UTRGV College of Education and P-16 Integration, making it one of four minority-serving institutions selected by the Branch Alliance for Educator Diversity (BranchEd) to join its national Teacher Preparation Transformation Center, supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. 


    College of Engineering & Computer Science

    • Dr. Mahmoud Quweider (computer science) was awarded $23,157 by the UTSA / Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) for the project “FY 2018 Intelligence Community Centers for Academic Excellence (IC CAE) Critical Technology Studies Program.”
    • Dr. Noe Vargas Hernandez (mechanical engineering) was awarded $10,000 by VentureWell for the project “A Curricular Exoskeleton to Develop Innovation Skills.” Funding will provide workshops, mentoring, and access to a makerspace for prototyping where students will develop the necessary skills to participate in the VentureWell E-Team Grant program, a series of innovation competitions for engineering and computer science students to solve real-life challenges relevant to the region, and apply recently acquired knowledge.


    College of Health Professions

    • Dr. Michael Lehker’s “Cultivating Medical Professionals for Underserved Border Communities” proposal was awarded $250,000 by the Moody Foundation.


    College of Liberal Arts

    • Using a $18,428 grant from the Institute for New Economic Thinking, Dr. Paul Jorgensen is improving campaign finance data in order to create new and more accurate measures of campaign fundraising and spending in the United States.


    College of Sciences

    • Dr. Alex Racelis (biology) was PI on two grants:  A $57,633 award from Texas A&M University - Corpus will continue to fund “Experiential Training in Use of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Technology for Agricultural Applications” and $16,500 from University of Georgia/USDA-NIFA will go towards a Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program.
    • Dr. Jude Benavides from the School of Earth, Environmental, and Marine Sciences was awarded $70,000 from Texas A&M Agrilife / U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to study “Reintroduction as a Population Restoration Technique and Micro-habitat Assessment of Translocated Northern Bobwhites.”
    • Dr. David Hicks’s proposal was awarded $ 521,383 by Florida A&M University/NOAA to continue research with the  “NOAA Center for Coastal and Marine Ecosystems.”
    •  Dr. Cristina Villalobos (School of Mathematical & Statistical Sciences) was awarded $2,800 by PSJA for work on a “C-STEM Mobile Lab.”


    Division of Governmental & Community Relations

    • Christina Trejo, Assistant Vice President for Community Engagement and Economic Development , was PI on a grant that was awarded $35,119 by the Annie E. Casey Foundation to “Support the expansion of community engagement infrastructure at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.”


    School of Medicine

    • Linda Nelson, DNP (Clinical Affairs) was awarded two grants by the Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas: $150,000 for a “Interprofessional Community-Based Practice and Education Project” and $250,000 towards an “Integrated Care Collaborative Unit (ICCU).”
    • Dr. Joanne Curran (Human Genetics) continues to receive $107,309 from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston for “Telomere Length Dynamics in Relation to Changes in Adiposity and Metabolic Risk” research.
    • Dr. Gabriel De Erausquin, Chair of Psychiatry and Neurology (Institute of Neuroscience) was awarded $ 467,102 from the Texas Department of Health and Human Services for “Training of Promotoras to Reduce Untreated Psychosis (TOP-UP).”
    • Supplemental funding ($180,600) was awarded to Dr. John Ronnau (Interprofessional Education) by the Health Resources and Services Administration to continue the “Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Program.”
    •  Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso awarded $ 15,000 to Dr. Michelle Zeager for the “Pediatric Environmental Health Speciality Unit (PEHSU) Program.”
    • The South Texas Diabetes and Obesity Institute (STDOI) at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine received a new Subaward of $50,332 from the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio / NIH. Dr. John Blangero was the PI.
    • The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board awarded $115,883 to Dr. Sunand Kallumadanda (Family Medicine) for the Family Medicine Residency Program.
  • February

    In February 2019, UTRGV received $462,011 in research awards. Congratulations to all!

    Feb 1, 2019 - Feb 28, 2019


    Count of Awards

    Sum of Total

    College of Engineering and Computer Science 2 $5,015
    College of Sciences 1 $435,900
    Strategic Enrollment 1 $11,096
    College of Health Professions 1 $10,000
    Grand Total 5 $462,011

    College of Engineering & Computer Science

    •  Dr. Constantine Tarawneh from the University Transportation Center for Railway Safety was awarded two grants to put on Railway Safety Summer Camps this summer; $2,600 to serve La Feria ISD and $2,400 for Sharyland ISD. 

     College of Health Professions
    •  Dr. Jung-Il Oh from the department of Health & Human Performance was awarded $10,000 from the Korea Name Energy Society for his proposal "The Effect of Name Energy on Heart Rate, Heart Rate Variability, and Brainwave."


    College of Sciences

    •  Dr. Megan Keniry, department of biology, was awarded $435,900 from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Her proposal was titled "Investigating the Roles and Regulation of FOXO Transcription Factors in GBM and basal breast cancer."


    Strategic Enrollment

    • Jael Perez, Associate Director of Financial Aid Operations, was awarded $11,096 from the One Star Foundation to go towards a UTRGV AmeriCorps Program.