AUSTIN – After receiving 250 submissions and applications in the first ever call for proposals, ConTex is pleased to announce the first recipients of funding through its research and education programs. ConTex, which is housed at the University of Texas at San Antonio, was created to foster collaboration between the U.S. and Mexico through training, research and scientific discovery. As a joint initiative between UT System institutions and Mexico’s National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT), ConTex supports bilateral efforts to enhance academic and research cooperation between Texas and Mexico.
The awards include funding for 9 collaborative research grants, 11 postdoctoral fellowships and more than 20 doctoral fellowships for Mexican Ph.D. students in the UT System and total more than $2 million. Researchers and students from across multiple disciplines and institutions were chosen to be part of ConTex’s first cohort of award recipients. ConTex exists as a long-term commitment to expand cross-border partnerships and to create opportunities to share knowledge relevant to issues of common interest to the United States and Mexico.
“Since its creation last fall, the staff at ConTex has worked hard to attract some of the best researchers in Texas and Mexico to participate in our programs,” said Dr. René M. Zenteno, Executive Director of ConTex. “We are thrilled about the exciting research that will be completed through this funding. Through these projects, the relationship between UT System and CONACYT will continue to grow and both of our countries will benefit. We only wish we had more resources to support all of the worthwhile proposals that were submitted.”
Researchers and Ph.D. students from the following institutions were selected:
UT Arlington CINVESTAV
UT Austin UNAM
UT Dallas INSP
UT El Paso Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla
UT Medical Branch Universidad Veracruzana
UT Rio Grande Valley UANL
UT San Antonio Universidad de Guanajuato
UT MD Anderson ITESO
COLMEX Universidad La Salle
Universidad de Sonora ITESM
UACdJ El Colegio de Michoacán
Instituto Tecnológico de Sonora Universidad de Monterrey
Instituto Tecnológico de Saltillo CIESAS
For more information on individual research projects, contact the ConTex office at 210-458-7240 or via email at email@example.com.