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First Year Of T3 Program At Texas A&M Closes With 100 Interdisciplinary Projects Selected For Funding

March 21, 2018

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By Texas A&M University Research Communications and Public Relations

The first initiative in the 10-year, $100 million President’s Excellence Fund—T3: Texas A&M Triads for Transformation—recently closed the first round and 100 innovative interdisciplinary projects were randomly selected for funding. The fund will invest approximately $3 million annually in T3 projects.

“Texas A&M researchers working together have the imagination, vision, and creativity to contribute significantly to solving many of the world’s most pressing challenges,” Carol Fierke, provost and executive vice president, said. “We believe that this unique seed-grant program will prove to be a valuable resource by transcending academic boundaries and propelling our research initiatives in powerful new directions,”

The T3 program is open to all of Texas A&M’s tenured or tenure-track faculty members. To apply for T3 funding, faculty members were required to form a “triad” of three faculty members in support of a common project. Approximately one-third of all eligible faculty members took part in this year’s round by forming 251 triads.

Of the 300 faculty members funded by this round, 97 are assistant professors. Funded triads included faculty members from each of Texas A&M’s 16 colleges and schools, University Libraries and the branch campuses in Galveston and Qatar.

Funded triads also received tuition supplements for 81 graduate students and salary supplements for 75 undergraduates.

“This is only the beginning,” said Mark A. Barteau, Texas A&M’s new vice president for research. “We look forward to the exciting discoveries, innovations, and partnerships that these awards will catalyze.”

This fall, T3-funded faculty will present their work to date at the President’s Excellence Fund Symposium. Research conducted by funded T3 projects will range from developing new genome engineering tools to exploring transformational learning to studying the influence of early life stress on the memory. For a complete list of selected projects, visit

About Research at Texas A&M University: As one of the world’s leading research institutions, Texas A&M is at the forefront in making significant contributions to scholarship and discovery, including that of science and technology. Research conducted at Texas A&M represented annual expenditures of more than $905.4 million in fiscal year 2017. Texas A&M ranked in the top 20 of the National Science Foundation’s Higher Education Research and Development survey (2016), based on expenditures of more than $892.7 million in fiscal year 2016. Texas A&M’s research creates new knowledge that provides basic, fundamental and applied contributions resulting, in many cases, in economic benefits to the state, nation and world. To learn more, visit


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