The Office of Research and Engagement’s fiscal year 2015 data continues to show an increasingly competitive world for federal funding. Despite this trend, our work with the National Science Foundation and the US Department of Energy remains strong. There are many efforts underway to expand our funding base, some of which are highlighted in the News and People section of this report.
The Tickle College of Engineering, in concert with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has been deeply involved in winning one of the institutes in the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation—IACMI—and collaborating on four other winning institutes.
Many individuals worked to realize UT’s admission into the Eastman Innovation Network—one of just three universities globally to do so. The network fosters research and development between university scientists, Eastman scientists, and ORNL. We are increasingly focused on such strategic partnerships through our Office of Corporate and Foundation Engagement.
In addition to these critical partnerships, we continue to seek external fellowship opportunities and national awards for our faculty. Professor Karen Lloyd’s Sloan Fellowship is one such example.
Finally, our designation as a Carnegie Community Engaged University reflects our efforts to translate our discovery enterprise into greater understanding of our role in providing societal benefit.
Looking ahead, we continue to contemplate strategic opportunities in our areas of focus (see back cover) and diversify our sources of funding. We look forward to the exciting research discoveries that lie ahead.
Taylor Eighmy, PhD
Vice Chancellor for Research & Engagement