Craig Cassidy joins the Academic Enterprise, jump-starts “Grants Central”


I’m excited to share that Craig Cassidy, MHA, has returned to UTMB to serve as our Associate Director of Research Advancement.

Bringing Cassidy to our institution is the first vital step towards enhancing research support, including grants development services — or “Grants Central” — which was one of our key AE2020 objectives. In this role, Cassidy will help faculty members develop new applications for extramural funding or revise those previously submitted. He will also help develop multi-investigator and multidisciplinary applications.

“I hope to quickly build a research advancement group to complement the first-class faculty and staff at UTMB,” says Cassidy, who joined UTMB in January.

Cassidy, who has worked with Congress to advance legislation protecting federal research funding, says that he is excited by the opportunities at UTMB, where leadership is investing wisely in its faculty and staff members.

“My goal is to help the faculty members produce high-quality research proposals, so they can spend more time helping to improve health for the people of Texas and around the world.”

Cassidy has served in various leadership roles in higher education for more than a decade, including as Assistant Dean for Research, Corporate Relations and Diversity for the College of Science, Engineering and Technology at Jackson State University; Executive Director of Research and Diversity Initiatives for the University of Houston System; and Assistant Director for the Center for Structural Biology at Texas A&M University.

Some of Cassidy’s major accomplishments include coordinating research teams from 12 university campuses, developing partnerships between universities spanning 12 countries and four continents and writing grants to receive more than $80 million in research funding. He has also been recognized by Congress for his leadership on national diversity issues.

Craig Cassidy can be reached at His office is located on the third floor bridge between MRB and BSB.