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Quarterly Research Report: July 1- September 30, 2014

Janet NelsonThe Office of Research & Engagement (ORE) is launching a new format for the Quarterly Research Report. Concurrently, this is my first quarter as the new Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Development. It is truly a pleasure to be at the University of Tennessee as we take on the challenge of becoming a Top 25 research university. I am delighted to have visited so many of the centers, schools, and departments in the ORE orientation sessions this fall and to have met many of the faculty, staff, and students.

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Proposal, award numbers up, dollar totals lag in 4th quarter

With Fiscal Year 2014 at an end, the Office of Research & Engagement fourth quarter report shows University of Tennessee, Knoxville researchers increased the number of proposals submitted to 1,642 – a 7 percent increase over last year. The value of submitted proposals increased by 50 percent over last year with a total of over $760.6 million.

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Proposal numbers up, award and dollar totals lag in 3rd quarter

Three quarters through Fiscal Year 2014, UT Knoxville researchers have increased the number of proposals they have submitted to 1199, a 2-percent increase over the same period in FY 2013 with a total value of $503 million, a 33% increase over last year; and the number they have won has risen to 1039, a 10-percent increase; but the award totals in dollars are at $107 million, down 20 percent from last fiscal year.

“We are still waiting for the federal funding agencies to fully re-engage after the federal budget approval this past winter,” said Greg Reed, associate vice chancellor for research. “With recent congressional resolution to current federal fiscal issues, the outlook for research funding is expected to improve in the summer.”

Research expenditure totals for the first two quarters stand at $104 million — down 6 percent from FY 2013 — indicating that researchers are spending previously awarded funds at a slower rate than last year. See the third-quarter summary here.

Proposal, award numbers up, dollar totals lag in 2nd quarter

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.

Number of awards in 1st quarter jumps 7 percent over FY13

(Revised 16 December 2013 to reflect additional data)

UT investigators won 431 awards in the first quarter of Fiscal Year 2014, a 7 percent increase over the same period in FY 2013, but the total dollar amount of awards declined by 2 percent to $59.5 million, according to totals compiled by the UTK Office of Research & Engagement. The amount of money expended on sponsored programs grew 3 percent to $38.4 million.

 The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis at $18.6 million is the largest award thus far in FY 2014. Louis Gross, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, is the principal investigator of NIMBioS, which is sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

The UTK Transportation Center won $6.4 million from the Tennessee Department of Transportation for its Law Enforcement Liaison Program, led by Jerry Everett. UT’s Institute for Nuclear Security won $6 million from the U.S. Department of Energy for the UT Radiochemistry Center of Excellence, with Howard Hall, professor of nuclear engineering, as its PI.

The UTK College of Nursing won a $1.5 million award to found the Appalachian Community Health and Disaster Readiness program. Professor Susan Speraw is the PI for that program. The Tennessee Education of the Deaf Personnel Preparation Project, a program of UTK’s Center on Deafness. David Smith, associate professor of theory and practice in teacher education, is PI of the $1.25 million U.S. Department of Education project.

Additional information is available on individual colleges and on the Top 20 Awards in the Quarterly Report Q1 2013 (revised 16dec13) Data in the UT ORE quarterly reports are drawn from its TERA database, augmented by data from the IRIS accounting database. UT’s fiscal year runs from July 1 through June 30.

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