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A connection between three professors has launched more than five years of multidisciplinary projects funded by the nation’s top research agencies. Jon Hathaway (left), Lisa Reyes Mason (middle), and Kelsey Ellis (right) discuss climate research.

Jon Hathaway (left), Lisa Reyes Mason (middle), and Kelsey Ellis (right). A connection between three professors has launched more than five years of multidisciplinary projects funded by the nation’s top research agencies.

UT researchers, scholars, and creatives contribute to the advancement of knowledge and understanding and to cultural and economic growth on multiple scales—local to global. Our community’s contributions have made the university a top 10 US research university in fields as diverse as materials and manufacturing, supply chain management, and the humanities. Our faculty body includes seven members of the National Academies, 84 AAAS Fellows, 77 CAREER/PECASE awardees, 33 NEH Fellows, 13 Governor’s Chairs and scores of faculty who’ve earned other nationally-and internationally-recognized awards and distinctions.

Our community engages in ground-breaking multidisciplinary work facilitated by two university-level research centers—the Baker Center for Public Policy and the UT Humanities Center—and four university-level research institutes—the UT Institute of Agriculture, the UT Oak Ridge Innovation Institute, the UT Space Institute and the National Institute for STEM Evaluation and Research.

The Office of Research, Innovation, and Economic Development team is here to support you—our faculty, staff, students, and postdoctoral fellows—as you set about realizing your goals as researchers, scholars, and creatives.


Get Support at Every Stage of Your Research

ORIED supports the Grant Life Cycle from ideation to results! The following progression provides an overview of the grant proposal submission and award process.

Find funding Find Funding
Navigating funding announcements and opportunities can be challenging. To support your research, scholarship and creative work, our Research Development team can help identify the most promising federal sponsor match, our Foundation Engagement team can help identify relevant private foundation sponsors, and our Partnerships and Economic Development team can help connect you with corporate sponsors. These teams work together to provide you with comprehensive support for your work.
proposal support Develop Your Proposal
Grant writing can often be a daunting task, but the Research Development, Foundation Engagement and Partnerships and Economic Development teams are here to provide the support you need to generate winning proposals, including helping you develop multidisciplinary partnerships for success.
negotiate your award Submit your Proposal & Negotiate Your Award
The Division of Research Administration ensures all proposals—except those submitted to foundations which are handled by the Foundation Engagement team—comply with sponsor requirements. The DRA team reviews, negotiates and accepts grants, contracts and cooperative agreements on the university’s behalf and sets up the accounts you need to access your funds. Gift acceptance is supported by the Foundation Engagement team.
conduct your research Conduct Your Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities
The Research Integrity and Assurance team helps the UT research community create a strong culture of research integrity, providing training and compliance support for policies regarding, for example, the use of humans and animals in research, complying with export control and controlled or restricted research regulations, research misconduct allegations, and managing conflicts of interest and commitment.
Protect ideas icon Protect Your Ideas
The Partnerships and Economic Development team and our University of Tennessee Research Foundation colleagues help academic innovators and creatives protect their ideas developed with UT and sponsor resources.
manage and closeout your award Manage and Close Out Your Award
The Division of Research Administration also handles the post-award administration to ensure the proper financial administration of projects for which UT faculty and staff have received external funding.
share your results Share Your Results
The Office of Research Communications can help publicize your findings.