Texas A&M AgriLife is committed to assisting faculty garner support from all possible funding entities. The AgriLife office of Corporate Engagement and Research Support (CERS) is one group that can help. The CERS office assists faculty in obtaining federal and private funding for research that is multidisciplinary, larger, or more strategic in nature. This unique office was created to help faculty manage the administrative burden of these larger projects so they may focus on what they do best—research. In order to accomplish this mission, the office:
- Provides faculty with support and coordination of large, multidisciplinary and strategic proposals; and
- Engages private industry and seeks out opportunities for innovative research that aligns with the private entity’s goals, the faculty member’s interests, and the mission of Texas A&M AgriLife.
This group works to develop and maintain relationships with AgriLife faculty, partnering institutions, companies, and funding agencies to achieve the best fit between funding opportunities and researcher goals.
The CERS office works closely with AgriLife’s Contract Office, Intellectual Property and Commercialization as well as Texas A&M Sponsored Research Services (SRS) to smoothly facilitate tasks that are required in securing research dollars. Projects that are outside of the typical parameters of what CERS can help with should work directly with the AgriLife Contract Office (corporate funding) or SRS (competitive funding). If you aren’t sure, contact one of us in the CERS office and we can point you in the right direction.