Office of Research & Engagement

UT Knoxville


The Office of Research & Engagement is committed to supporting faculty and students in their search for sponsors who will fund their projects in research, public service, and instruction.

Internal Funding

  • Scholarly and Research Incentive Funds (SARIF) — Programs administered by the Office of Research & Engagement to support research and creative activities for faculty and principal investigators whose departments fall under the jurisdiction of the Chancellor of UT’s Knoxville campus.
  • Organized Research Unit (ORU) Funding — Funding designed to help organized research units pursue external funding and become self-sufficient, usually within a five-year time period, or to help sustain ORUs with a large return on investment.
  • Additional UT Funding Opportunities — Funding available from other campus organizations that partner with the Office of Research & Engagement.
  • Open Publishing Support Fund — A fund to pay fees that support open access journals, administered in conjunction with UT Libraries.

External Funding

Self-Directed External Funding Searches and Resources

  • SciVal Funding — SciVal® Funding is an innovative web-based tool that helps you find new opportunities. In addition, by reviewing award history you can gain awareness of new sponsors that match your research interests.  SciVal Funding provides researchers, administrators, and research development professionals with valuable information about grant opportunities and award recipients that can help faculty answer the following questions:    
    • Which funding opportunities are most relevant to me?   
    • How do I find new sources of external grant income?
    • How can I ensure that I am aware of all new opportunities related to my research?  
    • Which investigators are winning grants in my field?

    SciVal Funding comprehensively covers grants from the United States, Australia, Canada, European Commission, India, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, and the United Kingdom.

    Access to SciVal is granted from any computer while on campus, or with your UTK credentials from off campus.

    For answers to common questions click here.

    Getting Started, click here.

    Tutorial 1:

    How do I find sponsors interested in funding my research?

    Tutorial 2:

    How can awarded grants help me find relevant opportunities?

    Tutorial 3:

    How do I create a search profile to personalize my recommendations?

    For access to training on the Elsevier SciVal Channel on YouTube, click here.

  • — is the source to find and apply for federal government grants.
  • Foundation Directory Online (FDO) — Provides news and a searchable database containing information on nearly 600 grant-making foundations and companies. 
  • Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) — Listing of agriculture and food research opportunities from the USDA.
  • Broad Agency Announcements (BAAs) — Listing of competitive solicitation procedures used by U.S. Department of Defense agencies.
  • Research Development & Grant Writing News — An electronic newsletter published by Academic Research Funding Strategies, LLC designed to help faculty learn how to compete successfully for research funding from federal agencies and foundations.

Humanities Research Support

The Office of Research & Engagement currently has one director of proposal development, who works with faculty members and departments in the humanities to identify funding opportunities. For further information, visit the UT Humanities Center website.

Funding Notifications

A number of Listservs have been created to notify faculty of the latest DOE, NIH and NSF funding opportunities. For more information, visit the Funding Listservs page.

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