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.
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.
The 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.
“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.
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.
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.