The Norman Hackerman Advanced Research Program is a competitive peer-reviewed grant program created in 1987 by the 70th Texas Legislature. The purpose of the program is to encourage and provide support to faculty members and students in Texas institutions of higher education, both public and independent, to conduct basic research.
The Norman Hackerman Advanced Research Program (NHARP) funding was significantly reduced from $16 million to $1 million for the 2012-2013 biennium. The following changes were approved by the Board at their July 28, 2011 meeting:
For the 2011 NHARP competition, an "Early Career Investigator" is a non-tenured, tenure track faculty member or a research professional (not including post-doctoral students, research assistants/associates, or instructors) from an eligible institution who has been employed at the institution in that capacity for not less than two years and not more than five years, as of the pre-proposal submission date.