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UTSA Research Awards Seed Funding to Faculty Members

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The Office of the Vice President for Research’s internal seed grant programs support our research enterprise by awarding faculty members seed funding to obtain preliminary data that can be cited in applications for extramural funding and enhance the breadth of scholarly and creative activity taking place on campus. These grants also support new areas of research for UTSA faculty and advances our goal of reaching Tier I status.


In the latest round of funding, the Office of the Vice President for Research awarded a total of $340,000 for 29 research projects at UTSA and with collaborators at the Southwest Research Institute (SwRi).

“It is always a challenge to select the recipients based on the quality of the proposals we receive from UTSA faculty. There are a number of considerations which are evaluated and weighted, in order to maximize our research investment,” explained said Jaclyn Shaw,Director for Research Support (ORS), who administers the VPR internal research grants.

Faculty is encouraged to submit their research proposals. It is a great opportunity for UTSA faculty to take advantage of internal funds to work out new ideas, unique collaborations or explore further avenues in their research. These funds also help faculty finesse their research proposals to apply for additional federal funding.

The trend in federal grants awards are larger, multi-disciplinary approaches with a number of faculty collaborating across departments and colleges. These teams and applications can take months to assemble, and the Office of Research Support team can help faculty members identify researchers outside their departments and colleges for collaboration. 

Below are the INTRA Grants (FY18) awarded to the College of Education and Human Development: 


Bicultural Bilingual Studies

Martha Sidury Christiansen

Bilingualism in Young Mexican Folkoristas: Language Ideologies and Identity in a Local Cultural Arts Center 

Educational Psychology

Guan Saw

Cognitive and Motivational Factors contributing to STEM Career Aspirations among High School Students with and without Disabilities

Educational Psychology

Kara Styck

Cross-Validation of the Academic Behavior Change Scale with a Non-Clinical Sample

Health & Kinesiology

Eunhee Chung

The Role of a Western Obesogenic Diet on Pregnancy Outcomes and Fetal

Health & Kinesiology

Sara Oswalt

Where Two Roads Meet: Lived Experiences of Mother-Students Balancing Home and School

Learn more about the grant programs.

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