(Revised 16 December 2013 to reflect additional data)
UT investigators won 431 awards in the first quarter of Fiscal Year 2014, a 7 percent increase over the same period in FY 2013, but the total dollar amount of awards declined by 2 percent to $59.5 million, according to totals compiled by the UTK Office of Research & Engagement. The amount of money expended on sponsored programs grew 3 percent to $38.4 million.
The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis at $18.6 million is the largest award thus far in FY 2014. Louis Gross, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, is the principal investigator of NIMBioS, which is sponsored by the National Science Foundation.
The UTK Transportation Center won $6.4 million from the Tennessee Department of Transportation for its Law Enforcement Liaison Program, led by Jerry Everett. UT’s Institute for Nuclear Security won $6 million from the U.S. Department of Energy for the UT Radiochemistry Center of Excellence, with Howard Hall, professor of nuclear engineering, as its PI.
The UTK College of Nursing won a $1.5 million award to found the Appalachian Community Health and Disaster Readiness program. Professor Susan Speraw is the PI for that program. The Tennessee Education of the Deaf Personnel Preparation Project, a program of UTK’s Center on Deafness. David Smith, associate professor of theory and practice in teacher education, is PI of the $1.25 million U.S. Department of Education project.
Additional information is available on individual colleges and on the Top 20 Awards in the Quarterly Report Q1 2013 (revised 16dec13) Data in the UT ORE quarterly reports are drawn from its TERA database, augmented by data from the IRIS accounting database. UT’s fiscal year runs from July 1 through June 30.