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Apply for FY18 Organized Research Unit Funding

Applications are now open for the Office of Research and Engagement’s Organized Research Unit (ORU) Program for fiscal year 2018. The primary purpose of this award is to stimulate innovative, multidisciplinary, team research that will give rise to future external funding.

ORE is also offering an overview of the FY18 ORU and STIR funding Thursday, February 23, from 3:30–4:30 p.m., for those interested in learning more about this opportunity. Register for this workshop here.



For FY18, while ORE encourages faculty to form multidisciplinary teams to bring forward ideas, we particularly encourage proposals that address one or more of the following strategic priorities that align with external opportunities at ORNL and with NSF, NIH and other federal agencies:

  • Advanced materials science
  • Advanced manufacturing
  • Exascale and high performance computing
  • Scaled data science and data analytics
  • Science of neutrons
  • Cybersecurity and infrastructure
  • Energy science
  • Public health issues in Appalachia
  • Smart, resilient, sustainable communities
  • Complexity of biological/environmental/climate systems
  • Personalized medicine (cancer, neuroscience)

Program Objective

This funding opportunity is intended to help enable Organized Research Units to pursue a substantial net increase in external funding and to become self-sufficient within a three-year time period.

ORE administers several finite internal funds to support research and creative activities, including the Scholarly Activity and Research Incentive Funds (SARIF) and the Strategic and Transformative Investments in Research (STIR) fund. The STIR funding is to be inclusive of broader strategic research opportunities that emphasize the intended transformative nature of the investment.

ORE began providing Organized Research Unit (ORU) funding in FY09, and this has been one of many internal investment components to promote the research enterprise at UT. The STIR investment continues to provide support for new and continuing ORUs.

ORE welcomes ORU funding applications from members of the UT Knoxville regular faculty in all academic disciplines for one-time, one-year FY18 funding. FY18 awards are open to new and existing ORUs that have received less than 3 years of ORU funding.

Important Dates and Information:

Announcement Date:  February 17, 2017
Proposal Due Date:  March 27, 2017, by 5:00 PM
Notice of Awards:  April 24, 2017
Period of Performance:  July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018
Submit Electronically to:  AVCRD@utk.edu via e-mail

Visit the ORU Funding page for additional information.

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