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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.
A new T bus route has been added to UT’s Parking and Transit schedule to help connect members of the campus community to Pellissippi State Community College’s Hardin Valley campus and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
UT hopes to attract people affiliated with UT, ORNL, and Pellissippi State Community College to offer the new route as a sustainable alternative to commuting by vehicle.
Knowing that the smallest things can sometimes cause the biggest problems, UT has created a facility to remedy that dilemma for researchers.
The newly established Micro-Processing Research Facility (MPRF) will allow researchers to conduct research and development requiring thin film processing technology at the micron level without having to leave the campus.
DOE Traineeship in Robotics DE-FOA-0001374
The DOE has published an FOA that “seeks to award one or more cooperative agreements (anticipated to be for a term of up to five years) to accredited United States (U.S.) Colleges and Universities … to train graduate students in specific disciplines or sub-disciplines aligned with DOE science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce needs in the area of Robotics, particularly as they apply to the mission of EM [Environmental Management].”
The Office of Research Integrity continues to make strides in strengthening the infrastructure for responsible conduct of research oversight and support on campus. As part of this effort, three new staff have been hired to form the University of Tennessee, Knoxville Human Research Protection Program (HRPP).
The HRPP is the administrative arm of UT’s infrastructure to protect human participants in research. This unit, in partnership with the faculty-led Institutional Review Board (IRB) and the research community, is responsible for ensuring the safety and welfare of participants in human research projects conducted under the UT Federalwide Assurance. It provides the campus and the IRB with professional guidance and administrative support.
The Office of Sponsored Programs is pleased to announce a newly revised Subrecipient Commitment Form that will be used at the proposal stage when we are proposing to have a subcontractor. As part of our continuing efforts to streamline our processes and reduce the administrative burden on faculty and staff, we have shortened this form to a single page. We anticipate that our subcontract partners will find the form easier to complete and return in an expedient manner.