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The UT Knoxville Office of Research & Engagement publishes annual and quarterly reports that document significant achievements and trends in research grants and contracts.

UT researchers submitted 414 proposals in the first quarter of fiscal year 2020 requesting $115 million, representing 9% and 3% decreases respectively when compared to the first quarter of fiscal year 2019. The decrease in proposal submissions was recorded for most of the colleges with the exception of Haslam College of Business, which displayed a 71% increase in the number of proposals submitted when compared to the first quarter of the FY19.

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The University of Tennessee research community had much to celebrate in fiscal year 2019, including seven National Science Foundation CAREER awards. The preliminary data for the fourth quarter of FY19 shows that the amount expended on research has remained the same year-over-year. We will continue to recognize and celebrate the research excellence of our talented faculty.

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Cover image for FY18 annual reportFISCAL YEAR 2018 saw significant increases in several research performance metrics for the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, research community.

UT reported its most impressive research year on record, with $260 million in total research expenditures. Federal funding accounted for $117.8 million, or 45 percent, of TREs, with the remainder coming from institutional, state and local government, business, nonprofit, and other funds. The federal agencies that invested the most in UT research were the Department of Energy with $58.9 million, the National Science Foundation with $25.6 million, and the Department of Defense with $10.8 million. Research outside of science, technology, engineering, and manufacturing fields accounted for more than $42 million in expenditures

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UT showed an upward trend in federal award amounts with the US Department of Energy, US Department of Defense, and National Science Foundation showing continued stability through the first three quarters of fiscal year 2019 (Q1-Q3 FY19). 

The university received the highest ever award amount from the DOE in Q1-Q3 FY19 as compared to the first three quarters of previous years. During this time, 68% of our award amount came from federal agencies and DOE contributed 51% or $38.8 million.  Continue reading

Cover Image--Q2FY19The university continues to show an upward trend in proposal submissions through the first two quarters of fiscal year 2019 (Q1–Q2 FY19), with an increase of 1% over this time last year. However, the total proposal amount requested is down 27% compared to the first two quarters of fiscal year 2018 (Q1–Q2).

The Office of Research and Engagement attributes this decline to fewer proposal submissions to the National Science Foundation (NSF) programs. NSF eliminated proposal deadlines for the majority of its programs beginning in 2018 in an attempt to reduce the burden of the grant review system on its staff and outside researchers. NSF piloted the no-deadline policy starting with a limited number of its programs within the Geosciences directorate and noticed that the number of proposals declined by half in several programs within this directorate following the implementation of this procedure. Continue reading