Aspects of managing the research endeavor at Sam Houston State University are constantly changing, yet the main function of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs remains essentially the same. Our office strives to help in every aspect of the research endeavor. We offer services from formulating an idea, to finding a funding opportunity, to assembling a budget and support documents, to submitting the proposal. Within this process, I think we have assembled a competent and friendly staff and I hope this makes the process easier. I wish we had influence over the dwindling funding rates of Federal and State grant programs, but since we don’t, we will do everything we can to give you an advantage.

One thing that is changing in research at SHSU is the management profile of some of our collaborative research centers. We are currently organizing several of these campus-wide centers under a research umbrella that will provide more support and a clearer management of resources for these units.

Reserach Umbrella

The model for this structuring is the Texas Research Institute for Environmental Studies (TRIES). TRIES provides resources and research opportunities for faculty and students from several departments at SHSU. TRIES also has its own projects and sources of external funding. TRIES has a director, an advisory board of faculty from several departments, and its own staff. The finances of TRIES are separate from academic colleges and departments and are therefore not a drain on the limited budgets of those entities. TRIES does receive limited funds from the University budget but brings in much of its financial resources from external sources. While many centers would not fit into this type of management, several can. Centers that might fit this model will soon be incorporated under a collaborative research centers umbrella. This idea is not a new concept and is being used by nearly all successful research universities. I am excited about the growth opportunities it provides to Sam Houston State University.