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September 21, 2009

Media Contact: Hannah Buchanan
Public Affairs Specialist
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The University of Texas at Tyler

UT Tyler Announces Center for Research and Economic Development

The University of Texas at Tyler has established the Center for Research and Economic Development, Dr. Peter J. Fos, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, announced.

This center is a university-level center that will have its headquarters located in the current building of the UT Tyler Palestine Campus when the new building on that campus is completed next semester.  

The primary focus of this new center will be product development research and commercialization. The building will be designed to accommodate the entire life of a product, from concept through to commercialization. Dr. Arlene Horne, vice president for research and federal relations, will serve as the Center for Research and Economic Development interim director until a permanent director is named.

“We are excited to unveil this unique and forward-thinking model to the university community within our sponsored research area,” Fos said. “The creation of this center will allow enhanced visibility and management of our research grants and contracts that involve product development by elevating them from the college level to the university level. This elevation will help to insure their success by providing quality management, oversight, promotion, and funding.”

This new model of research management will incorporate any grant or contract at UT Tyler that has product development as part of its goals, aims or scope.                  

In order to execute the model, the management of selected sponsored research grants and contracts will be moved to the university’s Palestine campus, Fos added.

“While the individual colleges will continue to count the funding of their respective awards, expenditures, indirect costs, etc., toward their individual productivity, the actual management of the research program, as well as commercialization activities, may be housed on the Palestine campus. By centralizing the day-to-day management of these larger, product-driven research grants, the burden and actual costs of individually supporting these programs will be significantly reduced, while concomitantly increasing their productivity,” Fos said.

For more information, contact Fos, 903.566.7103 or provost@uttyler.edu.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 90 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.             


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