Texas' four-year-old, multibillion-dollar cancer research center has re-started an RFP process for PR support after cancelling a search last year over budget constraints.

The Austin-based Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas was created in 2007 with a $3B voter referendum to fund research and attract public and private institutions, and jobs, to the Lone Star State.

Its RFP released Dec. 21 calls for pitches from agencies with a Texas presence to guide media relations, digital PR and strategic communications for the endeavor.

Budget is $375K through the base year to August 2013 and $250K per year on three renewal options.

The institute cancelled an RFP process in March 2010 after firms had submitted proposals.

Proposals are due Jan. 19.

Download the RFP at http://esbd.cpa.state.tx.us/bid_show.cfm?bidid=98194.