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Funding Opportunities Roundup, February 24

Limited Submission Opportunities

Find information about limited submissions on the Limited Submissions Opportunities page.

Team-Based Design in Biomedical Engineering Education

The over-arching goal of this NIBIB-NICHD R25 program is to support educational activities that   complement and/or enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nation’s biomedical, behavioral and clinical research needs.  To accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on:

Courses for Skill Development: For example, courses and programs that address innovative and/or ground-breaking developments in Biomedical Engineering, multidisciplinary/interdisciplinary education, the regulatory pathway and other issues related to the commercialization of medical devices, and the immersion of engineering students in a clinical environment.

Please see the full RFP for complete information.

Estimated Program Funding: $40,000 per year
Limit on Number of Applications: 1

Notification of Interest to ORE due: March 3, 2017 by 12:00 noon
Application to Agency due: May 31, 2017

NOTE: Individuals interested in any solicitation that limits the number of submissions allowed by UT must submit a notification of interest to limitsub@utk.edu. See the ORE limited submission policy, View current and past opportunities, and sign up for the listserv.

NIH Opportunities

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  • NCATS Pilot Program for Collaborative Drug Discovery Research using Bioprinted Skin Tissue (U18) (RFA-TR-17-007)
  • NICHD / NINR Research To Address Sleep Disorders in the Context of Medical Rehabilitation (R01) (PAR-17-163)
  • NIEHS Environmental Influences on Placental Origins of Development (ePOD) (R01) (RFA-ES-17-005)
  • NIMH Biobehavioral Research Awards for Innovative New Scientists (NIMH BRAINS) (R01) (RFA-MH-18-200)

Community Engagement Opportunities

For more information on community engagement opportunities contact engagement@utk.edu.

Community Engagement Incentive Grant Funding

The 2017 Application Cycle is now open. As part of UT’s commitment to community collaboration and community-engaged scholarship, the chancellor provides special project funding for proposals that specifically enhance the public engagement mission of the university. Proposals may be for community-engaged projects or partnerships that promote the principles of engagement as applied to research, teaching, or outreach. This program is primarily directed at faculty-led initiatives, though involvement of students is encouraged.

The current announcement is for funding awards that shall be effective July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018 (Fiscal Year 2018). Funding shall be available during the 2018 fiscal year only, and must be fully spent by June 30, 2018.

Incentive Grant Guidelines and Application
View All Previously Funded Projects

Proposals due: March 3, 2017 by 5:00 p.m.


Call for Proposals: 18th Annual Conference of the Engagement Scholarship Consortium

This year’s theme is “This is Engagement: Best Practices in Community-Engaged Scholarship.” For more information, see the full ESC Call for Proposals and online submission link.

Proposals are invited for presentations in one of the following three functional tracks:

  • Community
  • Faculty
  • Student Engagement

Within the overarching conference theme and tracks, presentations may relate to one or more of the following topics:

  • Civic Engagement
  • Community Outreach and Development
  • Engaged Research
  • Engaged Teaching and Service Learning
  • Global and International
  • Institutional Policies, Practices and Impact
  • Recognition of Best Practice
  • Social Justice Imperative and Implications of Practice

The 18th annual ESC conference will take place in Birmingham, Alabama, September 26-27, 2017 with pre-conference workshops on September 24-25.

Visit the official conference website for more information about ESC and the 2017 conference.

Poster or Presentation Proposals due: March 15, 2017

Student Funding

McClure Scholarship Opportunity

Program Description

The W. K. McClure Scholarship Program offers UTK students financial awards up to $5000 to support study/research/creative projects abroad aimed at enhancing and promoting education for world responsibility. The scholarship can be applied to any project which offers the potential for the development of knowledge relative to significant issues or problems associated with world affairs and the reduction of international conflict, principally through legal, cultural, political, economic, social, and scientific studies.


  1. Students must be enrolled full-time at the University and must receive credit for the study/research/creative project funded by the McClure Scholarship.
  2. Students must be in good standing with the University.
  3. While there is no absolute grade point criterion, successful applicants generally have a GPA between 3.0 and 4.0.
  4. Students must not have previously received a McClure Scholarship.
  5. The McClure Scholarship will not be awarded to support participation on a Study Abroad Program or for projects taking place simultaneously with a Study Abroad program.

Selection Criteria

A committee of faculty and administrators will review applications and select the scholarship recipients. Students will be selected based on the following criteria:

  1. Demonstrated connection between the project and the goals of the scholarship program
  2. Contribution of the project to the overall educational career of the student and to the broader community
  3. Academic Quality and Feasibility of the project
  4. Demonstrated commitment of the student and faculty advisor to the project
  5. Student’s demonstrated ability to initiate and sustain creative activities and research
  6. Projects must incorporate a significant amount of time abroad (minimum of 4 weeks)
  7. Both the project and the final report or project ending piece of work (written report, a visual report, an artistic production, computer-based production, pieces of creative writing, etc) must be completed before graduation
  8. The committee may require a personal interview as part of the application process

Applications due: March 24, 2017

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