Round 2 of the X-Grants Program has opened

November 15, 2018

Round 2 of the interdisciplinary X-Grants program, part of the President’s Excellence Fund—a commitment of $100 million over ten years to faculty research—opens today, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018. The goal of the X-Grants program is to unlock creative and imaginative ideas that will address important problems in areas that will significantly impact the most important challenges facing global society. During Round 2, $7 million will be devoted to a mix of smaller scale awards and larger scale collaborative research awards. Team leads or co-leads must be PI eligible (faculty or faculty-equivalent research position) at Texas A&M University, Texas A&M-Galveston, Texas A&M-Qatar, the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station, the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service, Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, or the Texas A&M Transportation Institute.

During the first part of the X-Grants process (Step 1), we will solicit project titles that define and clarify what your project entails. This step is voluntary and is aimed at facilitating multidisciplinary engagement between team leaders and potential collaborators. Step 2 will require researchers to create a profile, establish a team, and develop and submit a one-pager. After one-pagers have been reviewed, invited teams will add team members and develop and submit their preliminary proposals (Step 3). Once preliminary proposals have been reviewed, invited teams will add team members, develop public presentations, and develop and submit final proposals (Step 4).

Listed below is the timeline for Round 2 of the X-Grants Program. Additional information on each step in the process can be found under “How it Works” at, as well as FAQs and Round 1 project awards. Questions can be sent to  

X-Grants Timeline

Step 1 (Voluntary):


Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018

Submission of titles opens

Monday, Jan. 7, 2019

Submission of titles ends

Step 2:

Monday, Jan. 14, 2019

Submission of one-pagers opens

Monday, Feb. 11, 2019

Submission of one-pagers ends, review of one-pagers begins

Monday, Feb. 25, 2019

Review of one-pagers completed

Step 3:

Monday, Feb. 25, 2019

Submission of preliminary proposals opens

Monday, March 25, 2019

Submission of preliminary proposals ends, review of preliminary proposals starts

Monday, April 8, 2019

Review of preliminary proposals completed

Step 4:

Monday, April 8, 2019

Submission of final proposals starts

Monday, May 6, 2019

Submission of final proposals ends, review of final proposals starts

Monday, May 27, 2019

Review of final proposals (including panel reviews) ends


Week of May 27

Announcement of funded final proposals