Vice President for Research and Innovation

The Division of Research and Innovation supports the generation and dissemination of knowledge by assisting faculty and students in their research, scholarly work and creative activities.

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Our Mission

The mission of the Division of Research and Innovation is to support, facilitate, and empower the growth of sustainable research at UNT. This mission is achieved by facilitating an interdisciplinary approach to research — a catalyst for discovery and innovation — that has cemented UNT's status as a Tier One research university. 

Message from VP Pamela Padilla

Dear Members of the UNT Community,

I am excited to report that research at UNT is soaring due to the consistent efforts and accomplishments of the faculty, staff, and students. We truly had a historic year at UNT with securing over $86 million of sponsored project awards from national agencies such as the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Education, National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.

UNT had research growth in various measures of impact, with a broadening and acceleration of research accomplishments and productivity across all sectors of the campus. We continue to solidify our standing as a Carnegie 1 Research University and a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). It is an honor to work with UNT faculty, staff, and students and enthusiastically echo their accomplishments throughout the year. Our accomplishments over the past year could not have been achieved without the dedication and persistence within the UNT community.

UNT is on the path for research growth and reaching our goals of increasing research expenditures from federal and private agencies. Over the next year we will continue to efficiently serve the researchers at UNT in their sponsored project aspirations and goals. We are making strategic plans to better capture and inform about opportunities for student, collaborative, and interdisciplinary research.

Foundational to the success of the researchers at UNT are the supportive and dedicated research staff that facilitate the sponsored project proposal, award, compliance, and intellectual property process. I am honored to lead an amazing team of individuals that serve the UNT researchers. While it is my job to highlight these successes, each of us own them. So, again, thank you for the amazing work that has made all this possible.


Pamela Padilla, Ph.D.

Vice President for Research and Innovation

Strategic Plan & Roadmap 

Dr. Pamela Padilla, Vice President for Research and Innovation, is dedicated to growing UNT's research enterprise to cement its place among the nation’s top Tier One research universities.

With the appointment of Dr. Padilla, new initiatives and the development of an updated and comprehensive research strategic plan has set UNT on the trajectory to advance its goal of becoming a recognized National Research University. Our goal is to provide a supportive, efficient, and more effective research strategy that facilitates and enlarges UNT's research impact. Core to the research strategy is to create an environment that makes it easier for faculty to pursue research and help them achieve higher success in obtaining research funding.

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