Part of the President’s Excellence Fund, X-Grants is an interdisciplinary program designed to bring faculty together across disciplines. The program’s goal is to unlock creative and imaginative ideas that will address important problems in areas that will significantly impact the most important challenges facing global society. Its over-arching themes will reflect Texas A&M’s research strengths and, in many cases, will emphasize sustainable research excellence beyond initial funding. Seven million dollars will be broken out into a mix of planning projects, pilot projects or large multi-year awards.
The X-Grants program will solicit interdisciplinary research problem statements, questions, or topics from Texas A&M faculty, staff, and students. These research ideas will be used to develop overarching research themes that research teams will employ to generate proposals to compete for X-Grants. Team leads or co-leads must be PI eligible (faculty or faculty-equivalent research position) at Texas A&M, Texas A&M University at Galveston, Texas A&M at Qatar, TEES, TEEX, AgriLife Research, AgriLife Extension, or TTI. Additional team members may consist of any faculty or staff with appropriate expertise for the team. The X-Grants program will award $7 million this year in funded projects. Funded teams will participate in the President’s Excellence Fund Symposium.