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Scholarly Activity and Research Incentive Funds (SARIF)

The UT Knoxville Office of Research and Engagement administers $900K annual base funding to support research and creative activities through its Scholarly Activity and Research Incentive Funds (SARIF). These 10 programs are available to faculty and principal investigators whose departments fall under the jurisdiction of the Chancellor. Researchers not under the Chancellor may be co-PIs on proposals or may pursue institutional funding opportunities available through the Institute of Agriculture. The SARIF programs below are described in terms of types of cost that a program covers, type of proposal match, eligibility, and review process.

Equipment and Infrastructure Fund

  • Major equipment purchases, upgrades, renovations (typically only two to three awards per year)
  • Requires significant matching funds
  • Tenured and tenure-track faculty and researchers eligible
  • Proposals reviewed once a year by a subcommittee of the Research Council

Exhibit, Performance and Publication Expense (EPPE) Fund

  • Publications, performances, and exhibits of scholarly activity (Costs for typing manuscripts or reprint charges are excluded.)
  • No match required but matches are desirable
  • All faculty
  • Requests reviewed when received by a subcommittee of the Research Council

Federal, Corporate and Foundation Opportunity Fund

  • Faculty travel to meet with program officers to discuss future funding opportunities
  • Travel or certain other expenses associated with hosting a funding agency representative for an on-campus activity
  • Requires a minimum 50% match
  • Any UT Knoxville faculty may apply
  • Requests reviewed weekly by the Office of Research & Engagement Research Development Team

Foreign Travel Fund

  • Presentations of research/scholarly activity at professional conferences outside North America
  • Requires a one-third match from the department and a one-third match from the college
  • All faculty
  • Requests reviewed weekly by the Office of Research & Engagement

Humanities Center Visiting Scholars Project

  • Brings to campus senior scholars who are among the leading figures in their fields in the humanities
  • Managed by Humanities Center
  • Supports travel costs and honorarium
  • Annual call in the fall semester
  • Opportunities Fund
  • Strategic and/or high-level institutional investments
  • Matching requested

Open Publishing Support Fund

  • Support publications in open access journals
  • Publications in hybrid journals are not eligible for funding
  • Co-sponsored by UT Libraries
  • Maximum award is $2,500

Opportunities Fund

  • Very strategic high-level institutional investments
  • Matching is requested
  • Tenured and tenure-track faculty
  • Requests reviewed as received by the Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Development

Scholarly Projects Fund

  • Workshops, colloquia, and conferences or similar activities held at UT
  • Requires a one-third match from the department and a one-third match from the college
  • Tenured and tenure-track faculty
  • Requests reviewed weekly

Summer Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA)

  • Award stipends are set at $3,600 for a three-­month period of research activity during the summer term.
  • Up to 25 applications may be selected for an award.
  • Eligibility to receive a GRA position is limited to members of the UT faculty with active research interests and responsibilities.
  • Deadline to submit (Cover Page, Proposal, Resumes) is February 26, 2016 at noon.

Supplemental Funding for In-Residence Fellowship Awards

  • For UT Knoxville tenured and tenure-track faculty members who receive competitive fellowship awards that require residence at an academic research center, library, or university
  • Matching is requested
  • Covers housing costs in the city of the residential research institution
  • Covers limited travel costs to and from Knoxville
  • Requires documentation of fellowship award and of projected housing and travel costs
  • Reviewed as received by the Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Development

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