Denton Can Help Your Company Be a Leader in R&D

For years, the Denton community has devoted remarkably to research and development. Large corporations, governmental institutions and small startups seek regional experts to solve many of the world’s concerns. In Denton, much of that expertise begins with its educational institutions. 

TWU campusThe University of North Texas is one of the nation’s largest public research universities and a Tier One research university by the Carnegie Classification®. Its Discovery Park is the largest research park in North Texas, with nearly 300 acres of space dedicated to the sciences, technology and engineering. It features state-of-the-art research labs like the Materials Research Facility, one of the nation’s most advanced university research facilities for materials analysis. Faculty and industry partners utilize the BioAnalytical Facility to study metabolomics, which are small molecules of biological organisms. Additionally, the Genomics Center is perfect for high-quality RNA and DNA sequencing analysis.

Texas Woman’s University (TWU) is also a Carnegie-classified university with numerous resources dedicated to R&D. Its Center for Research Design and Analysis provides faculty and students research support in multiple areas. ​​The Woodcock Institute for the Advancement of Neurocognitive Research and Applied Practice focuses on the research and advancement of contemporary cognitive assessment and clinical practice. The Jane Nelson Institute for Women’s Leadership helps women advance their leadership skills and experience as a repository of research and information. A team of TWU students won NASA’s Space Grant Consortium Design Challenge in 2023. 


The area’s emphasis on R&D thrives through partnerships. Examples include:

  • A UNT College of Engineering Regents Professor and member of the university’s Advanced Environmental Research Institute received a $2.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to investigate means to improve food production in regions with a high amount of salt in agricultural soil and irrigation water.
  • The UNT Material Sciences and Engineering Department is partnering with Citrine, Inc. and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) to develop safer and more efficient means of containing or recycling molten salt nuclear waste. The department has received over $1 million from the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy for the research. 
  • TWU partners with the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station on research, workforce development/commercialization and entrepreneurship support to promote the health, safety and quality of life for individuals and families throughout Texas.