Texas A&M University-Kingsville

External Awards Hit New High of Nearly $28.5 Million at Texas A&M University-Kingsville

KINGSVILLE - October 11, 2011

Contact: Jason Marton
jason.marton@tamuk.edu or 361-593-4143

External awards mean a lot to a university.

What are externals awards? They include grants and contracts to fund research, and educational and career-focused student programs.

For Fiscal Year 2010, Texas A&M University-Kingsville received $23 million in external awards. In the year that followed, external awards rose more than five million dollars, to nearly $28.5 million. That’s the highest amount of external funding ever received by the university.

In fact, Fiscal Year 2011 marks the third year in a row that A&M-Kingsville has topped itself in total external award dollars.

“The amount of external awards a university earns is a reflection, in part, of the initiative and the dedication of its faculty, its staff and its administrators,” said Dr. Steven Tallant, president of Texas A&M-Kingsville. “The fact that our external awards total has been bigger every year shows that our campus is committed to making Texas A&M University-Kingsville a leading center for higher education in the state of Texas.

“Reaching $28 million in grants, research contracts and student programs is a monumental achievement. We’ve more than doubled where we were three years ago, and stand as the second-highest university in the A&M System for external awards. These are awards that equal more for our students, and demonstrate that Texas A&M-Kingsville is a vibrant, successful campus.”

Fiscal Year 2011 saw external award submissions reach an all-time high, at 235. These submissions yielded an all-time high number of awards, at 196.

These efforts yielded significant increases in external awards for the academic colleges at A&M-Kingsville measured in Fiscal Year 2011, with some reaching all-time highs  – the Dick and Mary Lewis Kleberg College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences, the Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering, the College of Education and Human Performance and the College of Business Administration.

In Fiscal Year 2010, Texas A&M-Kingsville ranked 11th in research expenditures among public universities, with $16.29 million. Fiscal Year 2011 saw nearly the same total, at $16.09 million.

Dr. Rex Gandy, provost and vice president for academic affairs, said of the totals, “This increase in external awards will help us to achieve our mission of producing new knowledge and creative activity.

“In these times of tight budgets, these funds will help us to keep our forward momentum. The faculty, staff, and students involved in these projects deserve credit for this significant accomplishment."


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