The vision of the Texas Research Alliance (TRA) is to increase research in the Dallas-Fort Worth region through industry-university collaboration.


To actively grow the base of research capacity and technology commercialization in North Texas by engaging industry, philanthropic, university, and state support to implement programs that increase research at our local institutions of higher education and create economic benefit for the region.


On May 1st 2014, the Arlington, Dallas, Ft. Worth, and Richardson Chambers of Commerce launched a new agency called the Texas Research Alliance (TRA). TRA was created to help business and government understand and utilize the research expertise found in our local North Texas Universities. A comprehensive study conducted by the Dallas Chamber has shown that while companies in the North Texas area spend $4B on research annually, only a small percent of that spend goes to North Texas Universities. This same study shows that while North Texas companies would prefer to work with local experts, they are not aware of our Universities’ capabilities or how to engage. TRA’s goal is to bridge this gap by connecting businesses and government with North Texas Universities.


TRA has set forth four goals to aid in achieving our mission:

  1. Facilitate collaboration among universities and with industry
  2. Recruit and retain top tier research and graduate talent
  3. Assist in the commercialization of university technology through partnerships and funding
  4. Create world class research facilities and labs.


University Partners





Chamber Partners