An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported the names of the schools seeking Tier 1 status. The University of Texas at Arlington, the University of North Texas in Denton and the University of Texas at Dallas, not the University of North Texas campus in Dallas, are pushing for the Tier 1 status. NBC DFW regrets the error.
Hundreds of new jobs may soon be coming to North Texas' big three public universities.
The University of Texas at Arlington, University of North Texas in Denton and the University of Texas at Dallas want to attain Tier 1 status and join nationally ranked research schools such as Texas A&M, Rice and the University of Texas.
The schools submitted their plans to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board on Wednesday.
UTA alone hopes to quadruple research spending to $210 million by 2020 and add 25 full-time positions and 60 graduate students each year at a cost of more than $4 million, the Star-Telegram reports.
In 2009, Gov. Rick Rick Perry signed a bill aimed at creating more research universities in Texas after the proposition passed last November 57 percent for to 43 percent against. The proposition helps create a research university fund out of $500 million in existing state money.