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As I embark on my second year as associate vice chancellor for research development, it is useful to reflect on the great strides we have made towards advancing the research enterprise here at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. We have made significant progress toward achieving our goal of becoming a Top 25 research institution. We have received several major large awards during this first quarter of fiscal year 2016 including awards from the Department of Education, the Department of State, DOE, NIH, and NSF. I look forward to continuing to pursue these types of major funding opportunities throughout the coming year.
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June 30 was my anniversary date; I have now been at UT for one full year. In that time we have seen great progress in the research enterprise at UT, with appointments of several key personnel in the Office of Research & Engagement, funding of new research centers and grants for individual PIs, and marking several milestones in UT’s drive to the Top 25. I am even more excited than ever to help support our wonderful research community to secure external funding and to receive recognition for their terrific research and scholarship.
Well into FY15, I can report that the state of Research and Engagement at UT is alive and well and thriving! This quarter had many wins and accomplishments, some of which are noted below. A major win for the University was led by VCR Taylor Eighmy in establishing the IACMI enterprise, the new website and details of which are within the report.
This quarter ORE hosted an Open House to officially launch the UT NIH Research Community, a new forum to share news and announcements; to learn about funding opportunities, workshops, and speakers; to connect with potential collaborators across campus; and to field questions related to all aspects of the NIH grant process — from proposal development to the application and review process to post-award management. The Community currently has 500 participants from UT, UTIA, UTGSM, UTC, UTSI, UTHSC, and ORNL. With help from this Community, we are piloting a new NIH Mock Study Section program for PIs submitting NIH R15 proposals and are working with 12 participating PIs from 4 colleges.
I invite your feedback on anything you would like to discuss involving the Office of Research & Engagement, your research concerns and interests, and aspirations you may have for future research activities at UT.
— Janet Nelson
Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Development
The Office of Research and Engagement is pleased to publish its 2015 Action Plan. This report is the culmination of three intensive listening sessions in 2012 – 2013 followed by several strategy meetings with ORE staff. Though several of the elements herein have been addressed, there remain opportunities for growth and improvement in the services we provide.
We look forward to feedback from the university community as we communicate in the coming weeks about the Action Plan and our continued improvement.
Download or view the 2015 Action Plan.
Below, please find the Office of Research and Engagement (ORE) 2nd Quarterly Research Report. This report covers proposals, awards, and expenditures for the cumulative period of July 1 through December 31, 2014. Also, I draw your attention to the highlights from our various ORE units during this quarter.
The 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.