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Funding Opportunities Roundup: July 2

DoD Funding Opportunity for Research Equipment 

DoD has recently published the Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) solicitation.  DURIP provides funds to purchase equipment that will enhance university research and education in areas important to DoD; in particular,  proposals must address “the impact of the equipment on the institution’s ability to educate students through research, in disciplines important to DoD missions.”

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Online Access to The Papers of Andrew Jackson Available

Andrew Jackson PapersSince 1971, The Papers of Andrew Jackson project has been dedicated to transcribing and publishing Old Hickory’s entire written record. A worldwide search has gathered copies of every known surviving Jackson document, including letters he wrote and received, official and military papers, presidential addresses, drafts, memoranda, legal papers and financial records.

Now a fully searchable and annotated database of these documents is available online. The Papers of Andrew Jackson Digital Edition joins a short list of prestigious editorial projects available within The American Founding Era Collection, a digital publication of the University of Virginia Press.

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Phipps Named Director of UT Core Facilities Program

Jon Phipps has been named director of Core Facilities at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Phipps has been part of the university research community for more than a decade: as a student, as a post-doc, and most recently as a Biological Safety Specialist in the Office of Research and Engagement.

Jonathan Phipps“I am excited to have been selected to take part in this endeavor, and look forward to helping build the Core Facilities Program,” said Phipps. “Given the current funding environment, the continued growth and development of this program will be critical to the mission of the university by ensuring that our faculty have access to cutting-edge technologies and remain competitive among their peers.”

Core facilities are shared resources available to faculty, staff and students at UT as well as academic and non-academic clients for non-commercial research purposes.

In many cases, core facilities contain large pieces of equipment that, while vital to the mission of the university, may be cost prohibitive if purchased and operated by individual faculty members or departments.

As director, Phipps will be responsible for formulating and implementing a strategy to create an effective and efficient organizational structure for the UT Core Facilities Program, coordinating and integrating the various resources that are available through core facilities, and working closely with the leadership of individual cores to ensure the quality and affordability of research services and accountability for day-to-day operations.
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Funding Opportunities Roundup: June 26

Google Faculty Research Awards

Google Research Awards are one-year awards structured as unrestricted gifts to universities to support the work of world-class full-time faculty members at top universities around the world. Faculty members can apply for Research Awards by submitting a proposal to one of our two 2015 funding rounds. Our 2015 deadlines are April 15 and October 15. Please note that after the October 2015 funding round, the Google Research Awards will follow an annual proposal cycle, with a single deadline of October 15 of each year.
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UT-Related NOvA Neutrino Experiment Recognized by US Department of Energy

A UT-related project exploring the role that neutrinos and dark matter particles can play in the formation of the universe has received a prestigious award from the US Department of Energy.

The federal government has recognized the leadership of the NovA neutrino experiment—which includes UT physicists—for exceptional results in completing a project within budget and on schedule, and gave it the DOE Secretary’s Award of Excellence.

The NOvA (NuMi Off-Axis electron neutrino Appearance) experiment is based at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, or Fermilab, in Batavia, Illinois. It is the flagship experiment of Fermilab and the largest particle physics experiment in the United States. The project, through the use of particle detectors, examines how the abundant subatomic particles known as neutrinos helped in the evolution of the universe, contributing to its mass as much as stars and planets.


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Study Could Improve Safety for Cyclists, E-Bikes

A study by UT researchers could soon change the way electric bicycles are used and regulated.

Led by Chris Cherry, the group took one of the first in-depth looks at how the behavior of e-bike riders compares to that of traditional bikers.

While electric bicycle use has risen worldwide, safety and policies surrounding their use remain largely based off assumptions instead of facts, giving the UT study greater impact.


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