HARC’s Business Affairs team supports HARC research initiatives by administering the finances, sponsored programs, and intellectual property of the organization. The Business Affairs team has over 50 years of combined experience with extensive knowledge of OMB circulars, FAR clauses, GAAP cost accounting standards and both Federal and State of Texas funding parameters. The Accounting area oversees all financial functions, including accounting, budget, payroll, insurance and taxes, while the Grants and Contracts Office oversees all pre-award and post-award aspects of research administration.
Grants and Contracts Office
Phone: 281-364-6020 or 281-364-6019
GeoTechnology Research Institute (GTRI)
The GeoTechnology Research Institute (GTRI) is a Texas state entity, located at and operated under the auspices of the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC). The place of business is 8801 Gosling Road, The Woodlands, TX, 77381.
GTRI was originally created in 1985 by an act of the Texas Legislature to improve oil and gas exploration technology. In 1999, the 76th Texas Legislature expanded the scope of GTRI to conduct basic and applied research and analysis in geoscience, geo-technology, and related fields, including the implementation of technological advances and development of integrated databases. Results of GTRI research must be made available to state agencies, other public bodies and officials, industry and private citizens.
GTRI may receive funds from the federal government or the state government, including direct appropriations to the institute; an agreement under Chapter 771 or 791, Government Code; or a contract under Subtitle D, Title 10, Government Code, including funds received as a vendor in a proprietary purchase made under Section 2155.067, Government Code; and pledges or gifts from private sources. The use of state funds is limited to expenditures for basic and applied research and analysis, and to develop and apply technological advances and databases, in the field of geosciences.
GTRI has held inter-state and inter-local agreements and contracts with entities such as the City of Houston, Harris County, and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. GTRI, through HARC, managed a major research initiative in Texas on ground-level ozone. The purpose of this initiative was to improve science and atmospheric modeling essential to support air quality decisions in Texas. Funding for this research was provided from the U.S. Department of Interior through the Coastal Impact Assistance Program (CIAP) received by the State of Texas and Harris County.