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Funding Opportunities Roundup, Sept. 25

2016 UTRF Technology Maturation Funding Programs

UTRF Maturation GrantThe University of Tennessee Research Foundation (UTRF) is announcing a call for submissions for the UTRF Maturation Funding program.  Proposals are due into your Research Office (through TERA PAMS) by close of business October 23, 2015. The program helps UT researchers further develop technologies that have potential for commercial success. Up to $15,000 in direct costs will be awarded to the highest ranking proposals.


  • Open to all UT researchers, faculty, staff and students at all campuses and institutes.
  • Projects must be related to an existing UT invention disclosure, OR a proposal can be associated with a newly submitted UT invention disclosure (https://idea.tennessee.edu).
  • All proposals should be designed to increase the commercial readiness of an idea or technology.
    A proposal should clearly describe how the expected results will increase the commercial opportunities for the technology.
  • Proposals that only address basic research will not be funded.
  • Identification of potential commercial partners for collaboration on this proposal is encouraged.

See full RFP for details.

Proposal receipt by your Research Office: Oct. 23, 2015 at 5 p.m.
Awards announced: Nov. 20, 2015
Project start date: Jan. 4, 2016
Project completion date: Oct. 7, 2016
Final report due: Oct. 28, 2016

McClure Scholarship Opportunity

The W. K. McClure Scholarship Program offers UT 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.

Visit the Center for International Education website for full details

Deadline: March 8, 2016

Call for Papers: NEXUS 2016 Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference

The short-key action “Alt+Shift” is supposed to change the keyboard language. However, this function no longer changes these language settings, as it once could do, and it may not regain functioning without altering the system itself. To help change and alter the system, more research and collaboration is needed. In the same way, this conference seeks to promote connectivity between various disciplines and their approaches to changing mainstream research to recover marginal voices and discover effective alternative methodologies. Recent conversations concerning immigration, environment, vaccinations, LGBTQ communities, women, race, and violence have illustrated ongoing concerns of alienation and subjugation of marginalized perspectives in society. While the topics of debate are not new, the presence of these conversations are exposing the oppressive effects associated with mainstream narratives and dominant research paradigms.

This conference aims to bring together scholars, creative writers, and educators from a broad range of disciplines in order to provide a space to share the myriad ways that scholars are alternatively researching materials and recovering marginalized voices from the prevailing dominant paradigms. While the rise in use of alternative methodologies has opened up new opportunities for research, social action, and expression by previously under-recognized and underrepresented groups, important questions remain. Particularly, how can we actively shift from the idea of “other” in such a way that the foundation of research practice changes?

See website for full CFP

NIH Opportunities

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  • NIH-NSF Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases Program: A Joint Program for Multidisciplinary Research (NOT-TW-15-005)
  • NIH BRAIN Initiative: Next-Generation Invasive Devices for Recording and Modulation in the Human Central Nervous System (UG3/UH3) (RFA-NS-16-009)
  • NIH Research on the Mechanisms and/or Behavioral Outcomes of Multisensory Processing (R01) (PA-15-347)
  • NIH Time-Sensitive Obesity Policy and Program Evaluation (R01) (PAR-15-346)
  • NIA Aging Research on Stress and Resilience to Address Health Disparities in the United States (R01) (RFA-AG-16-022)
  • NIA Health Disparities and Alzheimer’s Disease (R01) (PAR-15-349)
  • NIA Emerging Directions for Addressing Health Disparities in Alzheimer’s Disease (R03) (PAR-15-350)
  • NIA / NINR Research on Informal and Formal Caregiving for Alzheimer’s Disease (R01) (PAR-15-348)
  • NIA / NINR Research on Informal and Formal Caregiving for Alzheimer’s Disease (R21) (PAR-15-351)
  • NIEHS Superfund Hazardous Substance Research and Training Program (P42) (RFA-ES-15-019)
  • NINDS Child Neurologist Career Development Program (CNCDP) (K12) (RFA-NS-16-003)

Limited Submissions

Find information about limited submissions on the Limited Submissions Opportunities page

There are no limited submissions in this week’s roundup.

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