Law:Title 3. Higher Education. Subtitle H. Research In Higher Education from Chapter 143. Advanced Technology Program (Texas)

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Subtitle H. Research In Higher Education

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Chapter 143. Advanced Technology Program

Section  143.001.  Definitions.

In this chapter:

(1)  "Applied research" means research directed at gaining the knowledge or understanding necessary to meet a specific and recognized need, including the discovery of new scientific knowledge that has specific objectives relating to products or processes.

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

(3)  "Eligible institution" has the meaning assigned to public institutions of higher education under Section 61.003(8) of this code and private institutions eligible to grant degrees in the state as defined in the same manner.

(4)  "Technology program" means the advanced technology program established under this chapter.

(5)  "Faculty member" means a person who is tenured or 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.



Section  143.002.  Establishment; Purpose.

(a) It is essential to the state's economic growth that it exploit the potential of technology to advance the development and growth of technology and that industry be promoted and expanded. The advanced technology program is established as a means to accomplish this purpose.

(b)  Providing appropriated funds to faculty members of public and private institutions of higher education to conduct applied research is important to the state's welfare and, consequently, is an important public purpose for the expenditure of public funds because the applied research will enhance the state's economic growth by:

(1)  educating the state's scientists and engineers;

(2)  creating new products and production processes; and

(3)  contributing to the application of science and technology to state businesses.

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



Section  143.003.  Priority Research Areas.

The technology program may provide support for faculty members to conduct research in areas determined by an advisory panel appointed by the coordinating board. Initial research areas shall include: agriculture, biotechnology, biomedicine, energy, environment, materials science, microelectronics, aerospace, marine science, aquaculture, telecommunications, manufacturing science, environmental issues affecting the Texas-Mexico border region, the reduction of industrial, agricultural, and domestic water use, recycling, and related disciplines. The advisory panel may add or delete priority research areas as the panel considers warranted.

Added by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 823, Sec. 3.08, eff. June 20, 1987. Amended by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 621, Sec. 1, eff. June 14, 1989; Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 303, Sec. 12, eff. Sept. 1, 1991; Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 876, Sec. 2, eff. Aug. 30, 1993; Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1500, Sec. 2, eff. June 19, 1999.



Section  143.004.  Administration; Guidelines And Procedures.

(a) The coordinating board shall administer the technology program.

(b)  The coordinating board shall determine whether a public or private institution of higher education authorized to grant degrees in this state qualifies as an eligible institution for the purposes of this chapter. To be designated as an eligible institution, an institution of higher education must demonstrate exceptional capability to attract federal, state, and private funding for scientific and technical research and have an exceptionally strong research staff and the necessary equipment and facilities.

(c)  The coordinating board shall appoint an advisory committee that consists of experts in the priority 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.

(d)  The guidelines and procedures developed by the coordinating board under Subsection (c) of this section shall provide for awards on a competitive, peer review basis for specific projects at eligible institutions. The coordinating board shall encourage projects that leverage funds from other sources and projects that propose innovative, collaborative efforts:

(1)  across academic disciplines;

(2)  among two or more eligible institutions; or

(3)  between an eligible institution or institutions and private industry.

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



Section  143.005.  Funds.

(a) The technology program is funded by appropriations and by gifts, grants, and donations made for that purpose.

(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 for the technology program may be expended to support particular research projects for which an award is made, and may not be expended for the general support of ongoing research and instruction at an eligible institution or for the construction or remodeling of a facility.

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

(e)  Funds appropriated for the technology program may be used to match a grant provided by private industry for a particular collaborative research project with an eligible institution.

(f)  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. 1.89, eff. September 1, 2007.



Section 143.0051.  Applied Research For Clean Coal Project And Other Projects For Electricity Generation.

The coordinating board shall use money available for the purpose from legislative appropriations, including gifts, grants, and donations, to support at one or more eligible institutions applied research related to:

(1)  the development, construction, and operation in this state of a clean coal project, as defined by Section 5.001, Water Code; or

(2)  electricity generation using lignite coal deposits in this state or integrated gasification combined cycle technology.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1246, Sec. 1, eff. June 15, 2007.



Section  143.006.  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. 34, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.



Section  143.007.  Merit Review.

The coordinating board shall appoint a committee consisting of representatives of higher education and private enterprise advanced technology research organizations to evaluate the technology 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. 34, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.



Section  143.008.  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 technology program is confidential unless made public by coordinating board rule.

Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 820, Sec. 35, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.


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