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Scholarly Projects Fund

The Scholarly Projects Fund is administered by the Office of Research and Engagement; monies are distributed to both active and/or beginning researchers, including faculty members whose research would be considered creative activity.

The funds are usually used for workshops, colloquia and conferences, visiting artist performances and exhibitions, or similar activities held at UT and organized by faculty to benefit improving scholarship. The funds are awarded to full-time, tenure-track faculty only. Faculty from the UT Institute of Agriculture should contact institute research administrative staff for information about similar support.

There is a general expectation that these research incentive funds be matched equally by department and college funding at a 1:1:1 match; this requirement may be waived, or the matching ratio adjusted, for special circumstances.

There is no formal application deadline for these funds. Funds are, however, distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, so applications should be made as early in the fiscal year as possible. Funding is based on actual expenses up to the amount approved. Requests that do not result in actual expenses are not carried over into the subsequent fiscal year unless prior approved.

How to Apply

Faculty may apply anytime during the year. Guidelines for submitting a request are:

  • Provide a detailed description of the event including the benefit to the university;
  • Include details regarding the sources and amounts of matching funds;
  • Submit the request electronically to AVCRD@utk.edu for approval by the assistant vice chancellor for research development.

If a request is approved, Scholarly Project funds will be transferred to the appropriate departmental account after the event.