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Quarterly Research Report: July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017

FY2017 Q4 Research Report In fiscal year 2017, we saw a 4 percent increase in the total number of proposals submitted (1,725)—the largest number in UT history. The total amount requested for these submissions was $558 million, signifying an increase of 0.6 percent. UT researchers were awarded $166 million in FY17, representing a $12 million—or 8 percent—increase over FY16 and the largest amount received in the last five fiscal years.

Most of this year-over-year growth resulted from a $12 million increase in federal obligations. Federal Agencies accounted for 66 percent of the total sponsored obligations or $109 million and of the 30 funding agencies tracked by National Science Foundation  Higher Education Research and Development Survey (NSF HERD), Department of Energy (DOE) and National Science Foundation (NSF) accounted for 71 percent of our total award dollars. Looking at the specific federal agencies, the largest advance came from DOE – up $7 million compared to last year. We also received $4 million from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), which represents the largest amount ever received from NASA in a given fiscal year.

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UT to Host Marian Wright Edelman October 10 for Distinguished Lecture

Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund, will speak at 6 p.m. Tuesday, October 10, as part of the Billie Grace Goodrich Distinguished Lecture Series in UT’s College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences.

Marian Wright EdelmanThe lecture will take place in the Grand Pavilion Ballroom of the Holiday Inn Knoxville Downtown, 525 Henley Street. Guests are invited to a reception at 5:15 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Complimentary parking is available in the Holiday Inn parking garage, and street parking is available downtown.

Edelman founded the Children’s Defense Fund in 1973. The organization has been headquartered on the Alex Haley Farm in Clinton, Tennessee, since 1994.

Edelman has been an advocate for Americans facing economic and other challenges for her entire professional life. A graduate of Spelman College and Yale Law School, she was the first African American woman admitted to the Mississippi bar. She also directed the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund office in Jackson, Mississippi.

Read more about Edelman and the Billie Grace Goodrich Distinguished Lecture Series.

Saturday Morning Lectures to Explain ‘Physics for Everyone’

Albert Einstein Mural. Credit: Photo by Sidney Perry on UnsplashAre space and time intertwined? Is light a particle or a wave? What are the building blocks of the universe?

UT’s Department of Physics and Astronomy hopes to address some of these questions in Physics for Everyone, a fall public lecture series that debuts at 10 a.m. Saturday.

“We invite the public to come to campus to hear some of our faculty talk about the fundamental building blocks of the universe, weird and mysterious quantum world, and Einstein’s revolutionary ideas,” said Kranti Gunthoti, program director.

Read more about the series and view a schedule of the speakers.

McClung Museum Time-Lapse Transformation of Exhibitions

The McClung Museum opened its new exhibit, Northwest Coast ArtCommunity of Traditionlast Friday, but the planning for the exhibition began over a year ago.

Then, when all of the pieces were gathered, museum staff and volunteers spent two weeks tearing down the past exhibit and putting up this one.

Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at what it took to bring Northwest Coast Art to the museum:

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Call for Proposals: SARIF Equipment and Infrastructure Funds

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Office of Research and Engagement (ORE) has opened applications for the FY18 Scholarly Activity and Research Incentive Fund (SARIF) Equipment and Infrastructure Fund. This award aims to enhance UT’s research mission by providing support for the acquisition of state-of-the-art or innovative equipment that will advance the research mission of the university or for the repair, replacement, or upgrade of critical research infrastructure.

See the full call for proposals for complete information on this program.
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Funding Opportunities, September 13

Federal Opportunities

Please contact Paul Montgomery ( regarding your interest in federal opportunities.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has published its Young Faculty Award (YFA) solicitation. This year’s YFA has 26 topics. Please be aware that your proposed research should offer “innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances in science, devices, or systems.”

Proposers are encouraged to submit a 1-page executive summary by 4pm on October 2. The proposal deadline is 4pm on December 4. The estimated award is up to $500k over 2 years, optional third year for an additional $500k.

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