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Federal Relations

As part of the Office of Research and Engagement (ORE) and the Research Development Team at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Federal Relations seeks to match faculty research capabilities with federal agency needs.  We help faculty obtain funding by increasing awareness of federal opportunities and by facilitating relationships with federal program officials.  Our focus is primarily on mission agencies, particularly the Department of Defense (DoD), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

About the Office

Our goal is to connect faculty with federal opportunities and officials as well as with potential collaborators at federal contractors and laboratories.  We periodically host campus visits and workshops to promote greater awareness of opportunities and to facilitate interaction between faculty and federal program managers.  We also work regularly with Corporate and Foundation Relations in ORE and with the Global Security Directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory to identify industry and ORNL partners.

We encourage faculty to explore our Recurring Solicitations page and contact the designated program managers to discuss ideas for proposals relevant to upcoming announcements.  We also urge faculty to explore other opportunities for engaging federal agencies and building partnerships that can lead to sponsored research, such as:

  • Research Fellowships – Faculty and, in some cases, their students work with researchers at DoD, NASA, or other federal laboratories during the summer or the academic year.  Both faculty and students receive a stipend and other allowances for participating.
  • Conferences – Faculty gain insight about agencies’ science and technology challenges as well as interact with program managers.  At some conferences, faculty may exhibit their research via presentation or poster.  Financial assistance from ORE may be available to help faculty attend.
  • Advisory Boards – Faculty provide guidance on federal agencies’ science and technology programs and policies.  They also gain knowledge of agencies’ research needs and future initiatives.

Faculty are welcome to contact Paul Montgomery for more information.