John Holdren, director, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, is scheduled to give a live webcast from Oak Ridge National Laboratory on Thursday, March 13 at 10 a.m. Holdren is assistant to the president for science and is co-chair of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. He served as a member of PCAST through both terms of the Clinton administration and chaired studies on preventing theft of nuclear materials, disposition of surplus weapon plutonium, and international cooperation on energy-technology innovation.
The Office of Research & Engagement’s Faculty Development Team has announced its schedule of workshops for the spring 2014 semester. Sessions on proposal development and grant-writing are available for National Science Foundation and NSF Career solicitations, as well as solicitations from the National Institutes of Health and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Other workshops will cover fellowship competitions by the NEH, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Guggenheim Foundation, and other science funders. Two Fulbright information sessions are planned, and a workshop on forming successful collaborations will round out the semester’s training activities. Details
Faculty who are considering approaching a private foundation for project funding should contact Susan Ballentine or Sally Morris before making an approach. Ballentine and Morris can offer advice and assistance in working with foundations and can ensure that foundations do not receive multiple, competitive contacts from the university.
Half way through Fiscal Year 2014, UT Knoxville researchers have increased the number of proposals they have submitted to 768, a 3-percent increase over the same period in FY 2013; and the number they have won has risen to 729, a 5-percent increase; but the award totals in dollars are at $84.8 million, down 14 percent from last fiscal year.
“Our faculty continue to increase the number of research opportunities they are pursuing, and they are positioned for success,” said Greg Reed, associate vice chancellor for research. “The value of the awards has decreased, however, possibly because of the federal sequestration last spring and the government shutdown in October. With recent congressional resolution to current federal fiscal issues, the outlook for research funding is expected to improve in the spring.”
Research expenditure totals for the first two quarters stand at $71.3 million — down 4 percent from FY 2013 — indicating that researchers are spending previously awarded funds at a slower rate than last year. See the second-quarter summary here.
The Atlanta Census Research Data Center is offering support to University of Tennessee researchers in the form of an onsite research assistant to do preliminary work on faculty data requests. The ACRDC Newsletter also announces the deadline for the Survey of Income and Program Participation workshops to be held in June 2014 at the University of Michigan. UTK faculty are involved in four active research projects in the Atlanta center.
The February 2014 issue of Research Development & Grant Writing News has been posted to the Office of Research & Engagement website. Viewing it requires a UT NetID and password.