ConTex announces UT System and CONACYT recipients of first binational research awards, postdoctoral fellowships, and doctoral fellowships


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

UAM                                                                COLEF

Instituto Tecnológico de Saltillo                     CIESAS

For more information on individual research projects, contact the ConTex office at 210-458-7240 or via email at