The university encourages all researchers to continue to submit proposals and seek funding for research, scholarship, and creative activities. The Office of Research and Engagement and the UTIA AgResearch Office remain open and operational, and staff are keeping regular business hours in order to provide support to the research community. There may be many new research opportunities as the situation develops, so we ask the research community to consider these prospects as they emerge.
In an effort to limit face-to-face interactions and keep faculty, staff, and students safe, the university has greatly reduced research and creative activities (limited to that which is absolutely necessary for student graduation, required maintenance, and to meet required milestones for externally sponsored programs). Implementing safe practices for your research activities will help limit the spread of COVID-19 and keep faculty, staff, students, and the Knoxville community safe.
Researchers at Graduate School of Medicine, UT Knoxville, UT Institute of Agriculture, and UT Space Institute have developed contingency plans in the event that we would move from reduced to essential research only. These plans have not been implemented at this time. Leadership will continue to evaluate the situation and will inform the campus community of any changes in operations.