The university continues to show an upward trend in proposal submissions through the first two quarters of fiscal year 2019 (Q1–Q2 FY19), with an increase of 1% over this time last year. However, the total proposal amount requested is down 27% compared to the first two quarters of fiscal year 2018 (Q1–Q2).
The Office of Research and Engagement attributes this decline to fewer proposal submissions to the National Science Foundation (NSF) programs. NSF eliminated proposal deadlines for the majority of its programs beginning in 2018 in an attempt to reduce the burden of the grant review system on its staff and outside researchers. NSF piloted the no-deadline policy starting with a limited number of its programs within the Geosciences directorate and noticed that the number of proposals declined by half in several programs within this directorate following the implementation of this procedure.
Proposal submissions for other sponsors are stable throughout the first two quarters of FY19.
Some of the positive takeaways for the first two quarters of FY19 (as compared to the first two quarters of fiscal year 2018) are:
- The College of Communication and Information (CCI) and the College of Social Work (SW) continue to see substantial increases in proposal submissions and requested amount.
- The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences (EHHS) requested the highest proposal amount in the last five years (Q1-Q2 ) at $36 million.
- The College of Social Work is currently more than $2 million ahead of their five-year average in awarded amount through the first two quarters of the fiscal year.
- UT Research Centers and Institutes (RCI) have seen a 60% increase in award amount received, or $4.5 million.
- The Department of Energy (DOE) award amount increased by $3 million.
- Through the first two quarters, the research expenditures from the Department of Defense (DOD) are up 30% from Q1-Q2 FY18 and 38% from the 5 year average.
- 68% of all funding received throughout the first two quarters of FY19 came from Federal Agencies.