The vision of the Texas Research Alliance (TRA) is to ensure that DFW industries can access and leverage North Texas regional research and innovation resources to support growth and maintain leadership in their markets.


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 Alliance for Higher Education, whose board of directors are the presidents of the Arlington, Dallas, Ft. Worth, and Richardson Chambers of Commerce, began doing business as the Texas Research Alliance (TRA). TRA was created to help business and government find and engage the research and innovation resources and expertise in North Texas. A comprehensive study conducted by the Dallas Chamber has shown that while companies in the region spend $4B on research annually, only a small percent of that spend goes to resources in North Texas. This same study shows that while North Texas companies would prefer to work with local experts, they are not aware of our region’s capabilities or how to engage. TRA’s goal is to bridge this gap by connecting businesses and government with North Texas universities and innovative growth/start-up companies.


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.


Chamber Partners






University Partners