Office of Research & Engagement

UT Knoxville


The Office of Research and Engagement is committed to supporting faculty and students in their search for sponsors to fund their research projects. Each week, ORE posts a Funding Opportunities Roundup on the website with various opportunities listed. You may also find several valuable resources below.

Internal Funding

Scholarly and Research Incentive Funds (SARIF) — Programs administered by ORE to support research and creative activities for faculty and PIs whose departments fall under the Chancellor of UT’s Knoxville campus.

Organized Research Unit (ORU) Funding — Funds for organized research units to pursue external funding and become self-sufficient.

Additional UT Funding Opportunities — Funds from other campus organizations that partner with ORE.

Open Publishing Support Fund — A fund to pay fees that support open access journals, administered in conjunction with UT Libraries.

External Funding Opportunities

Limited Submission Opportunities — Database showing the status of projects that limit the number of proposals UTK can submit. To receive e-mail notifications when limited submission opportunities are posted, sign up for the LIMITSUB Listserv. For more about the UT Knoxville Limited Submission process, visit the Limited Submission Grant Programs Policy page.

Center for Measuring University Performance (CMUP) database and list of Early Career Science Fellowships.

Young Investigator Opportunities — Listing of programs intended for late postdoctoral investigators and young faculty.

Federal Solicitations (Recurring)

Federal Research Fellowships

External Funding Resources

SciVal Funding — An innovative web-based tool that helps you find new opportunities and award recipients.  More… — is the source to find and apply for federal government grants and is the most comprehensive source for information on federal funding opportunities. This web portal posts federal discretionary grants for all of the 26 federal grant-making agencies.


Federal Business Opportunities – FedBizOpps is the single government-wide point-of-entry for federal government procurement opportunities. Research and development opportunities are also listed and are best found using the Advanced Search (choose “Classification Code A – Research and Development” on the Advanced Search page). Registration for FedBizOpps is not necessary to search for opportunities.

Foundation Directory Online (FDO) — News and a searchable database containing information on nearly 600 grant-making foundations and companies.


Humanities Research Support

The links below provide extensive lists of external funding opportunities for faculty research in the humanities.

UC Berkeley:  Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Humanities

Vanderbilt:  Fellowship and Grant Opportunities for Faculty

Faculty members who wish to discuss proposals for specific funding opportunities should contact
Alan Rutenberg in the Office of Research & Engagement at .

Social Science Funding

The Faculty Development Team has identified many funding opportunities for faculty research in the Social Sciences.  More…

We have also identified funding opportunities specifically for early stage investigators in the Social and Behavioral Sciences.  More…

Funding Opportunities for Graduate Students and Post-Doctoral Candidates

The Faculty Development Team has identified many funding opportunities for Graduate Students and Post-Doctoral candidates.  More…



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