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Big Ideas Call For Proposals

Message from the Provost & VP for Academic Affairs

Big Ideas Round Two - call for proposals

We are pleased to announce the inclusion of a new sixth Big Idea in the humanities and creative arts under the theme of Human Expression.
Dr. Gene Bourgeois

To Faculty and Staff

Dear Colleagues,

In December 2018, Texas State issued the first call for Big Idea proposals to identify compelling inter-disciplinary initiatives where philanthropic investment can significantly advance Texas State’s reputation as a national research university.  The five Big Ideas selected through the first round included: 1) Training with AR/VR; 2) Translational Health; 3) Materials with Intelligence; 4) Harnessing Big Data; and 5) Innovation & Entrepreneurship.  Over the past year, these Big Ideas have helped spotlight the university’s capabilities in research and discovery and resulted in over $500 thousand in new philanthropic investment, coverage in national media, and two new university level centers.   

Today, I am pleased to announce that we are reopening the process for submitting proposals for projects that align with the five approved Big Ideas areas, and a new sixth Big Idea in the humanities and creative arts under the theme of Human Expression.  In this round, we are we are looking for specific projects which, if given the necessary resources, can advance research and student engagement within one of the Big Idea areas, including:

  • Seed projects for new lines of research or creative endeavor
  • Funding required to advance an existing line of research or creative endeavor
  • Resources to support student engagement in a Big Idea area

Additional information and instructions for proposal submission can be found on the Big Ideas website and the Proposal Submission Instructions pageThe submission period is now open and will close October 30, 2020.

After proposals are received, they will be reviewed by a committee with representation from across campus. Selected projects, to be announced in December, will be included as featured fundraising opportunities under the Big Ideas initiative.

I encourage you to partner with colleagues, department chairs and deans on submissions. We look forward to learning about your innovative ideas.


Gene Bourgeois

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

More Information

Town Hall Meeting in September

A town hall meeting will be scheduled to be held in September 2020 to provide additional information and respond to questions.  Location and dates will be shared by email with all faculty and staff at the beginning of the fall semester.

You can find more information on the Big Ideas at the Big Idea FAQs webpage or by contacting Nicole Anable, Assistant Director for Campaign management, by email at or by phone at 512.245.4055.

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Submission Process

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How to Submit a Big Idea

The submission period opens on July 30, 2020 and closes on October 30, 2020. An online application form will be available during that time.

Proposal instructions are provided to assist in developing a Big Ideas proposal. Please use the online form to submit your proposal.

Submission Deadline - October 30,2020

Learn more about the timeline for project submission and selection.