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The Move to IRM

In late 2017, UTSA President Taylor Eighmy launched a Presidential Initiative on Finance and Budget Modeling charged with developing strategies to optimize UTSA's resources and identify opportunities to improve financial performance. Through careful examination and adoption of best practices, the task force explored possible new budget models, identifying those that would work best for UTSA. After a year-long process of investigation and stakeholder input, the task force recommended a new model and overall approach to resource allocation at UTSA called Incentivized Research Management (IRM).

IRM better aligns with the evolving mission of the university. This model is more transparent and better connects decision-making responsibility with the investment of financial resources. This change is in line with many public research universities that have undertaken a redesign of historical, incremental budget models in recent years, shifting to more strategic and data-driven means of resource allocation.