NIH recently announced major changes to the R15 program that will affect the University of Tennessee and the UT Institute of Agriculture (which NIH considers one institution). NIH has split the R15 into two programs: Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) for Undergraduate-Focused Institutions, and Research Enhancement Award Program (REAP) for Health Professional Schools and Graduate Schools. Continue reading
ORE to Hold Research Awards Ceremony
This spring, the Office of Research and Engagement will celebrate the achievements of students, faculty, staff, and community partners for their achievements in research, engagement, and compliance activities with an awards ceremony. This annual ORE Research Awards Luncheon will include recognition of the comprehensive research enterprise, including activities related to funding, mentorship, creative achievement, community engagement, and responsible conduct of research.
There are 23 award categories including six that will be recognized from the floor. Many of the awards are based on data points from Elements, a system that helps faculty record their scholarly activities, and Cayuse, a system for creating and tracking research grant proposals. Others will be selected by committee or through a nomination process. Nominations are due by March 1, 2019.
Recognitions, March 20
Student Entrepreneurs Win Recent Pitch Competitions
Graduate student Lia Winter won first place and about $16,000 in prize money last week at an international pitch competition in Manitoba, Canada, for her patent-pending surgical device, EasyWhip.
Winter’s company, Winter Innovations, was one of three student start-ups to win four pitch competitions over the past two weeks, collecting more than $42,500 in prize money to invest in their companies.
“We’re proud to see our student entrepreneurs advancing to this level of competition,” said Lynn Youngs, executive director of the Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in UT’s Haslam College of Business. “Their continued engagement in our programs through mentorship and experiential learning opportunities is building sustainable, investable businesses.”
UT Extension Program Brings Internet to Rural Communities
With startup funds and an Engagement and Outreach grant, UT Assistant Professor Sreedhar Upendram has launched an initiative that brings broadband internet to underserved rural communities across Tennessee.
“A lot of parents are pulling into McDonald’s parking lots in rural Tennessee to access free internet just to help their kids do homework,” Upendram said.
As education, professional training, and job seeking become more dependent on the internet, communities without affordable access are at risk of being left behind.
Upendram, of the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics in the Herbert College of Agriculture, started his work last year in Wayne County. He and a local community leader secured funds to purchase a set of mobile wireless hotspots for the area’s library.
Eligibility Update for NIH R15 Programs
NIH recently announced major changes to the R15 program that will affect the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and the UT Institute of Agriculture (which NIH considers one institution). NIH has split the R15 into two programs: the Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) for Undergraduate-Focused Institutions, and the Research Enhancement Award Program (REAP) for Health Professional Schools and Graduate Schools.
The Office of Research and Engagement has evaluated the eligibility criteria and has concluded the following:
- UT and UTIA are eligible for AREA. This includes active solicitations PAR-18-714 and PAR-19-133.
- UT and UTIA are not eligible for REAP. This includes active solicitations PAR-19-134 and PAR-19-135.
New UT Lab Offers Water Quality Testing for National Agencies
A laboratory established in spring 2018 in the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Tickle College of Engineering is on its way to becoming a regional leader in water quality analysis.
The Water Quality Core Facility offers analytical services and expertise to clients such as the US National Laboratories and to other UT departments including microbiology, biosystems and soil science, and earth and planetary sciences.
Read more about the lab at news.utk.edu.