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Equipment and Infrastructure Fund

Program Objective

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Office of Research and Engagement (ORE) has opened applications for the FY18 Scholarly Activity and Research Incentive Fund (SARIF) Equipment and Infrastructure Fund. This award aims to enhance UT’s research mission by providing support for the acquisition of state-of-the-art or innovative equipment that will advance the research mission of the university or for the repair, replacement, or upgrade of critical research infrastructure.

Prior awards have ranged from $570 to $81,000.

Review Criteria

A subcommittee of the Research Council will review the proposals and make recommendations for awards.  Criteria to be used in the selection of awards from this fund are:

  • Merit: Merit of the research agenda and the potential to increase scholarly achievement and/or enable the pursuit of external research funding;
  • Innovation: For new purchases, how will the proposed equipment advance the state-of-the-art capabilities available and the research and/or educational mission of the university;
  • Need: For repairs/upgrades/replacements, strength of justification of need for resources and critical nature of basic infrastructure;
  • Impact: Number of faculty and students benefiting from the award; cross departmental or college use of the equipment; how will resource be made available to others
  • Cost Share: The level of departmental/college/other cost-sharing. Generally, there is a two-to-one cost-sharing requirement by departments and colleges, however proposals with a one-to-one cost-sharing component may also be considered.


Proposals may be submitted by individual faculty members or groups of faculty whose primary appointment is associated with the UT Knoxville Campus.

Application Guidelines

Proposals are restricted to four pages in length, excluding letters of support and quad chart. Proposals exceeding four pages will be returned without review.

Proposals must include the following sections:

  • Quad Chart (using this Power Point template; does not count toward four-page limit)
  • Research Agenda: A statement of the individual or unit research agenda.
  • Objectives:
    1. Requests for new purchases should explain how the equipment or infrastructure addresses the research agenda of the unit and advances the capabilities of the university through the innovative nature of the resource.


    1. Requests to repair, replace or enhance infrastructure should emphasize how the request addresses a vital and continuing need in the unit.
  • Impact: Justification of impact showing the number of faculty and research projects that will be affected both within the unit and across campus.
  • Management: Describe equipment sharing and management plan. Indicate if the equipment or resource is part of an existing or planned UT Core Facility or departmental recharge center.
  • Budget: A budget summary identifying costs, agreed upon cost share from each source, and amount requested from ORE.
  • Cost Share: Signed cost share memos from each source. (Does not count toward four-page limit)

 Submission Process

  • Deadline: Complete application package described above must be submitted electronically by the applicant at this link no later than Friday, October 13, 2017, at noon.
  • Arts & Sciences Cost Share Deadline: Faculty members who intend to submit requests to this program and intend to request a financial match from the College of Arts and Sciences must submit their full proposals electronically to the college no later than noon a week prior to ORE’s deadline. Submit proposals to Chris Boake at and copy Cathy Parks at Chris would like each proposal to be a single PDF document.
  • Evaluation: A subcommittee of the Research Council will evaluate the applications and make recommendations to Robert Nobles, Interim Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement (VCRE). The committee recommendations will be based on the review criteria as described above. The VCRE will seek to distribute the awards over a wide range of disciplines.
  • Selection Results: ORE will notify all applicants of the selection results by early November 2017.
  • Awards: All equipment must be purchased by June 30, 2018.  Carryover requests will be considered if there are extenuating circumstances beyond the control of the faculty member.  SARIF support will be transferred to the department after payment documentation has been provided to the Office of Research and Engagement.

Please direct inquiries to:

Paula W. Brown


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