Law:Title 3. Higher Education. Subtitle H. Research In Higher Education from Chapter 142. Advanced Research Program (Texas)

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Subtitle H. Research In Higher Education

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Chapter 142. Advanced Research Program

Section  142.001.  Definitions.

In this chapter:

(1)  "Basic research" means research the primary object of which is to gain a fuller fundamental knowledge of the subject under study.

(2)  "Coordinating board" has the meaning assigned by Section 141.001 of this code.

 

Text of subdivision as amended by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1250, Sec. 1

 

(3)  "Eligible institution" means:

(A)  an institution of higher education, as defined by Section 61.003; or

(B)  a private or independent institution of higher education, as defined by Section 61.003.

 

Text of subdivision as amended by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1335, Sec. 1

 

(3)  "Eligible institution" means an institution of higher education.

(3-a)  "Institution of higher education" and "medical and dental unit" have the meanings assigned by Section 61.003.

(4)  "Program" means the advanced research program established under this chapter.

(5)  "Faculty member" means a person who is tenured or is in a tenure track position or a research professional employed by an eligible institution.

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 823, Sec. 3.08, eff. June 20, 1987.

Amended by:

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1250, Sec. 1, eff. June 19, 2009.

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1335, Sec. 1, eff. June 19, 2009.



Section 142.002.  Purpose.

The advanced research program is established to encourage and provide support for basic research conducted by faculty members and students in astronomy, atmospheric science, biological and behavioral sciences, chemistry, computer sciences, earth sciences, engineering, information science, mathematics, material sciences, oceanography, physics, environmental issues affecting the Texas-Mexico border region, the reduction of industrial, agricultural, and domestic water use, social sciences, and related disciplines in eligible institutions.

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 823, Sec. 3.08, eff. June 20, 1987. Amended by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 876, Sec. 1, eff. Aug. 30, 1993; Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1500, Sec. 1, eff. June 19, 1999.

Amended by:

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1335, Sec. 2, eff. June 19, 2009.



Section  142.003.  Administration; Guidelines And Procedures.

(a) The coordinating board shall administer the program.

(b)  The coordinating board shall appoint an advisory committee that consists of experts in the specified research areas to advise the coordinating board regarding the board's development of research priorities, guidelines, and procedures for the selection of specific projects at eligible institutions.

(c)  The guidelines and procedures developed by the coordinating board must:

(1)  provide for awards on a competitive, peer review basis for specific projects at eligible institutions; and

(2)  require that, as a condition of receiving an award, an eligible institution must use a portion of the award to support, in connection with the project for which the award is made, basic research conducted by:

(A)  graduate or undergraduate students, if the eligible institution is a medical and dental unit; or

(B)  undergraduate students, if the eligible institution is any other institution of higher education.

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 823, Sec. 3.08, eff. June 20, 1987.

Amended by:

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1335, Sec. 3, eff. June 19, 2009.



Section  142.004.  Funding.

(a) The program is funded by appropriations and by gifts, grants, and donations made for that purpose. The total funds appropriated to the program may be at least equal to 10 percent of the average amount of the federally sponsored research funds allocated to all institutions of higher education annually during the preceding three years.

(b)  From funds appropriated for the program, the comptroller of public accounts shall issue warrants to each eligible institution in the amount certified by the coordinating board to the comptroller.

(c)  The funds appropriated for the program may be expended to support the particular projects for which an award is made and may not be expended for the general support of ongoing research at an eligible institution or for the construction or remodeling of a facility.

(d)  Research projects shall be reviewed and funded each biennium.

(e)  Supplies, materials, services, and equipment purchased with these funds shall not be subject to the purchasing authority of the comptroller.

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 823, Sec. 3.08, eff. June 20, 1987.

Amended by:

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 937, Sec. 1.88, eff. September 1, 2007.



Section  142.005.  Progress Reports.

An institution receiving funds under this chapter shall report on the progress of the funded research to the coordinating board not later than the date specified by the coordinating board each year.

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 823, Sec. 3.08, eff. June 20, 1987. Amended by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 820, Sec. 32, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.



Section  142.006.  Merit Review.

The coordinating board shall appoint a committee that consists of experts in the specified research areas to evaluate the program's effectiveness and report its findings to the coordinating board not later than January 31 of each odd-numbered year.

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 823, Sec. 3.08, eff. June 20, 1987. Amended by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 820, Sec. 32, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.



Section  142.007.  Confidentiality.

Information submitted as part of a pre-proposal or proposal or related to the evaluation and selection of research projects to be funded by the program is confidential unless made public by coordinating board rule.

Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 820, Sec. 33, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.


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