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The Texas AQRP is administered by the University of Texas at Austin, and is funded by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), through the Texas Emission Reduction Program (TERP). TERP funds emission reduction projects in communities throughout Texas. To help insure that these emission reductions are as effective as possible in improving air quality, a fraction of the TERP funding is used to improve our scientific understanding of how emissions impact air quality in Texas.

The specific goal of the State of Texas Air Quality Research Program (AQRP) is to support scientific research related to Texas air quality, in the areas of emissions inventory development, atmospheric chemistry, meteorology and air quality modeling. Research topics are identified and prioritized by an Independent Technical Advisory Committee (ITAC). Projects to be funded by the AQRP are selected from the list of ITAC recommended projects by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and an Advisory Council.

This web site provides links to the strategic research plan of the AQRP, lists of the current members of the ITAC and Council, and instructions for potential applicants for research project funding. Additional information regarding the program can be requested through the Program’s email address: aqrp@ceer.utexas.edu.


Request for Proposals: CLOSED

Proposal Deadline Extension Announcement for those affected by recent severe weather


The Texas Air Quality Research Program (AQRP) seeks proposals in its priority research areas outlined in the Strategic Research Plan. Proposals must be submitted electronically to the project email address (aqrp@ceer.utexas.edu) by 5:00 pm Central Time on April 20, 2016. Proposal formats and instructions are provided at the submission guidelines section of this page. Proposals will be rated by the Independent Technical Advisory Committee (ITAC) using the criteria outlined on the proposal rating form.

Up to approximately $1.65 million in research project funding is available. It is anticipated that most awards will be funded in amounts ranging from $150,000 to $300,000. Proposers may be requested to respond to reviewer questions during May 2016. It is also anticipated that work will begin as early as July 2016. All work should be completed by August 31, 2017.