Welcome to Texas Research

Juan M. Sanchez

Scholarship is a vital part of The University of Texas at Austin’s mission to the people of Texas. Moreover, we believe that the undergraduate and graduate students of the university can receive an education of the first class only if the research conducted at this university is also of the first class.

Juan M. Sanchez
Vice President for Research

The Office of the Vice President for Research of The University of Texas at Austin supports research at all levels at the university.

The office represents the university in discussions that help formulate national and state research policy.
It identifies opportunities and fosters ties to research sponsors and collaborators outside the university.
It promotes emerging research opportunities in non-traditional areas.
It assures the availability of any infrastructure necessary to aid research, while adhering to all regulatory requirements.
It fosters peer-reviewed competitions that support research. Examples include Research Grants, Special Research Grants, Book Subventions, Hamilton Book Awards, Research Excellence Awards and Undergraduate Research Fellowship programs.

Research and support units in the Office of the Vice President for Research:

Reports on Research

Texas Research Facts

Depth: The University of Texas at Austin has more than 150 research units. Some of them have been recently created to lead discovery in emerging areas of science. They include the Center for Nano- and Molecular Science and Technology, the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences, the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Wireless Networking and Communications Group.

Funding: Over the past two years the university has received $1.1 billion in sponsored research funding. 

Faculty: Since 1984, more than 40 endowed chairs -- at $1 million each -- have been created at The University of Texas Austin to recruit internationally recognized faculty to accelerate research programs in engineering and science. The university's researchers have been awarded more than 800 patents.

Award Winners: The faculty at The University of Texas at Austin is composed of a Nobel laureate, Pulitzer Prize winners, MacArthur fellows and hundreds of members of prestigious academic and scientific organizations such as the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society and the National Academy of Engineering. Learn more at Research Recognition.

Scholars: The university has one of the largest graduate schools in the nation with more than 10,000 students and more than 170 graduate degree programs. It also is in the top three universities in the number of master’s and doctor’s degrees awarded annually.

Facilities: Several research units, including the Microelectronics Research Center, the Center for Electromechanics and the Texas Advanced Computing Center, are at the 476-acre J.J. Pickle Research Campus in North Austin. Research facilities outside of Austin include the Marine Science Institute at Port Aransas and the McDonald Observatory near Fort Davis. Learn more at Off-campus Research Sites.

Top 10: The university’s group of libraries has consistently ranked among the top 10 research libraries in the nation. The 17 libraries on The University of Texas at Austin campus house more than nine million volumes.

Treasures: Museum collections include Latin American, Renaissance and Baroque art, 40 million documents relating to the career of President Lyndon Baines Johnson, 30 million literary manuscripts, five million photographs and five million natural sciences specimens. The Blanton Museum of Art, which opened in 2006, has more than 17,000 works of art, including European Old Master paintings, modern and contemporary American and Latin American art, and an encyclopedic collection of prints and drawings.

Comprehensive: The university serves Texans by sharing its knowledge and resources through yearly campus-wide events. The university operates the University of Texas Elementary School, a research-based demonstration school enrolling grades K-5.