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HSC Research Development and Enhancement Program

The Office of the Vice President for Research Research Development and Enhancement Awards in order to stimulate and support five primary categories of research initiatives:

Research Development Grants

  • Applicants of the Research Development Grants are eligible for awards up to $15,000 which are to be primarily used to generate pilot data for extramural grant applications. 
  • Allowable costs include supplies, specialized equipment, and salaries for research technicians. 
  • Faculty salaries, general use equipment (e.g., computers), and travel to scientific meetings will not be supported through this mechanism.

Enhancement Grants

  • Enhancement grants are awarded to provide support for investigators who have submitted one or more proposals for peer reviewed (i.e., NIH, AHA) extramural funding that were not awarded, but are likely to be competitive for funding with additional pilot research data.

Bridge Funding Grants

  • These grants provide support for existing funded research projects that have demonstrated likelihood of continued funding after resubmission.
  • This program provides a mechanism for maintaining viability of existing research programs.

Research Infrastructure Grants

  • Infrastructure grants provide support for acquisition of large research equipment and development of core research facilities.
  • Cost-sharing and availability of matching funds from the HSC departments, centers, and components, as well as external institutions and agencies, are principal considerations in this award.

Scientific Program Grants

  • These grants support meetings, symposia, and workshops designed to explore and stimulate development of new research within the HSC.


Review Considerations

Research Development and Enhancement Awards are competitive; all proposals undergo peer review. Recommendations concerning scientific merit, significance of the project for career development and research infrastructure, and appropriateness of the budget are made by the Research Advisory Council to the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies. Priority for funding will be given to proposals that seek to establish meaningful research collaborations between components of the Texas A&M Health Science Center.


The Research Development and Enhancement Awards Program is primarily for tenured and tenure-track faculty to enhance their academic careers through research program development. Non-tenure track research and clinical faculty are eligible to be Principal Investigators on Research Development Grants provided the proposed research will have a highly significant potential impact on advancing the overall research programs and opportunities available to HSC faculty and students.

Submission Dates

Applications for Research Development Grants and Scientific Program Grants are typically solicited in the fall and in the spring, subject to availability of funds, at least six weeks in advance of the submission deadline. Applications for Research Infrastructure Grants, and Enhancement Grants will be accepted at any time.

RDEAP Information and Forms

For additional information, please contact Amanda Allen (979-436-0588; aallen@tamhsc.edu) or Julie Bishop (979-436-0585; bishop@tamhsc.edu) in the Office of the Vice President for Research.