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The State of Research

UTA reached a series of milestones in 2018 and 2019

Last year proved to be a landmark one for The University of Texas at Arlington, as it achieved all criteria required to receive Texas Tier One designation and funding from the state’s National Research University Fund (NRUF). As part of this effort, UTA had to reach a series of milestones, including surpassing $45 million in restricted research expenditures, which it did in 2018 and 2019.

Other requirements include awarding more than 200 Ph.D.s each year, which UTA has done for five years in a row; being designated as a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society; and demonstrating the ability to recruit a freshman class of high academic achievement, a criterion for which UTA consistently ranks the highest among universities in the running for NRUF designation.

With the addition of several new National Academy members to the faculty in 2019, UTA achieved the final NRUF requirement, as it secured the metrics set for high-quality faculty. The University must now maintain these for another year.

“Receiving allocations from NRUF as a Texas Tier One university will not only empower continued expansion of the first-class research enterprise at UTA, but will also allow us to provide meaningful solutions to the industries, government, and partners that choose to invest in UTA,” Interim Vice President for Research James Grover says.

UTA Total Research Expenditures by fiscal year, as reported in the THECB RD Expenditure Survey

2015: $77 M

2016: $84.6 M

2017: $94 M

2018: $99.5 M

2019: $116.9 M

Restricted and Federal Research Expenditures for fiscal years 2017, 2018, and 2019

Restricted Research Expenditures (36% increase)

2016: $36.9 M

2017: $45.4 M

2018: $46 M

Federal Research Expenditures (21% increase)

2016: $31.4 M

2017: $34.4 M

2018: $40.5 M

Amount of Awards (11% increase)

2016: $74.6 M

2017: $76.5 M

2018: $93.8 M

External Research Expenditures by Source fiscal year 2019

State: 5.5%

Federal: 70.3%

Gift: 11.2%

Corporate & Local: 13%

Federal Research Expenditures by Source fiscal year 2019

National Science Foundation: 21.4%

Dept. of Defense: 23.4%

Dept. of Commerce: 20%

Dept. of Health and Human Services: 17.2%

Dept. of Energy: 7.3%

Other Federal: 10.7%

Innovation & Commercialization

122 EpICMavs entrepreneurial seminar attendees in 2019

22+ Startup companies launched in 2019

105 Patents issued in FY 2015-19

The Future of Research

UTA is dedicated to bolstering the work of students and young faculty pursuing their greatest questions with research through collaborative opportunities and unparalleled mentorship and partnership.

In the last five years, UTA has been awarded

13 NSF CAREER awards

8 major equipment awards (DURIP and MRI)

3 NIH early-stage investigator awards

3 Dept. of Transportation University Transportation Centers

2 CPRIT faculty recruiting awards

2 AHA Development awards

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