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UT System Office of Federal Relations

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Federal funds constitute nearly 50 percent of the UT System's research expenditures ($1.1 billion in FY2015).

UT System’s students (over 200,000 strong) benefit from and rely upon more than $300 million in federal financial grant aid and program support annually.

UT System institutions are impacted by myriad federal legislation and regulations that affect our university community.

These factors underscore the critical need for frequent communication with government officials and coordination with the larger higher education community to effectively impact federal public policy. The Office of Federal Relations accomplishes this by continuously informing decision-makers of our components' resources, policy positions, and the achievements of UT System students and faculty.

The Office of Federal Relations (OFR), located one block from the White House in Washington, D.C., serves as the primary liaison between the UT System and Members of Congress, congressional staff, the White House, and federal agencies on federal issues important to the System and its 14 institutions. OFR provides support and service to our institutions by: strategic planning and issues management; responding to legislative inquiries; monitoring and analysis of federal legislation; identifying opportunities for our faculty to participate in congressional hearings, executive branch advisory groups and task forces, and national education forums; and promoting UT System campuses' research and policy agenda with agencies and Congressional members. Read more...

About the UT System

The UT System confers more than one-third of the state’s undergraduate degrees, educates two-thirds of the state’s health care professionals annually and accounts for almost 70 percent of all research funds awarded to public universities in Texas. 

A wealth of data on the UT System and its component institutions is available in the Productivity Dashboard, which was created to increase transparency; measure more effectively our productivity, efficiency, and impact; and demonstrate more clearly our accountability. The annual Fast Facts report also includes data on enrollment, faculty, patient care, research funding and expenditures, and tuition, fees and financial aid for each of the fifteen campuses within the UT System. Additional data and reports from the OFR and the UT System are available here.

Federal policymakers and external stakeholders can find out more about the UT System here.


Additional Helpful Information

Here, campus PIs can find OFR produced-materials, pertinent presentations and links to external resources to help them on their quest to find federal funding opportunities. Agency-specific resources are also available for the National Institutes of Health and Department of Defense.

Faculty and administrators who want to connect with Capitol Hill and the executive branch must track and disclose to OFR contacts with federal officials. Learn how to comply with civil and criminal laws regarding contacts with Congress, the White House and federal agencies. Still need help? Contact us!

The Archer Center gives students throughout the UT System an opportunity to intern and study in D.C. Since its inception in 2001, the Program has welcomed more than 600 undergraduate and graduate students.