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Eck Named Director of Research Development

Kimberly Eck has been named director of the Research Development Team in the Office of Research and Engagement, effective October 17.

Kimberly Eck, Director of the Research Development TeamEck joins the University of Tennessee from her position as associate vice president for research opportunities at the Geisinger Health System in Danville, Pennsylvania.

In her role at Geisinger, Eck has been responsible for identifying external funding opportunities and developing the processes for communicating those to researchers and clinicians throughout the system. She also led the Office of Competitive Grants in her role as associate vice president for research development and coordinated with offices across GHS that engage external funders and support or administer sponsored projects to develop and submit successful proposals.

“I am thrilled to join the Office of Research and Engagement,” said Eck. “With its unique assets and renowned faculty, UT’s research is well positioned for growth.”

Eck began her career in research administration and development in 2009 as a consultant at One River Grants in Troy, New York, where she worked with healthcare organizations to obtain funding. In 2013, she transitioned to the State University of New York where she was a manager of collaborative proposal development for two years. There, she identified and shared funding opportunities with researchers, helped support large federal, state, private proposals, and coordinated the SUNY Networks of Excellence Program.

“I am so pleased to have someone of Dr. Eck’s caliber lead the Research Development Team,” said Taylor Eighmy, vice chancellor for research and engagement. “This is a crucial role for the university and Kimberly’s background in research administration with specific experience in going after large proposals, collaborative proposal development, and grant writing makes her a vital asset.”

In addition to her role as a research administrator, Eck is also a clinical assistant professor at the University of Albany in the School of Public Health.

Eck earned her Master of Public Health in epidemiology and behavioral science from St. Louis University and her Doctor of Philosophy in epidemiology from SUNY Albany.

The Research Development Team helps faculty form competitive research teams and collaborations to identify and pursue large strategic opportunities.  This includes multi-million-dollar opportunities, multidisciplinary centers, and projects with extensive arrays of external partnering, both institutional and corporate.