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Proposal, award numbers up, dollar totals lag in 4th quarter

With Fiscal Year 2014 at an end, the Office of Research & Engagement fourth quarter report shows University of Tennessee, Knoxville researchers increased the number of proposals submitted to 1,642 – a 7 percent increase over last year. The value of submitted proposals increased by 50 percent over last year with a total of over $760.6 million.

The number of awards granted to the institution was also on the rise this quarter. Researchers won 9 percent more awards this year over last year with a total number of 1,383 and over $138.3 million received. Though the dollar amount was down 15 percent from last year, the trend has risen from the previous deficit of 20 percent in the third quarter. Sponsored expenditures have stayed consistent over the past three quarters at a deficit of 6 percent, finishing the fiscal year with $146.5 million.

“I am pleased to report that our faculty continue to increase the number of research opportunities they are pursuing, and note that several colleges have notably increased their effort in submitting proposals.” said Janet Nelson, associate vice chancellor for research.

Please note, beginning with Fiscal Year 2015, expenditure reports for the Quarterly Reports will be based on data from the National Science Foundation Higher Education Research and Development Survey (NSF HERD).

See the full fourth quarter summary here.