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Research Development

Research Development (RD) services and activities support and grow research, scholarship, and creative activities at UT:

  • Helping faculty form competitive research collaborations to pursue large strategic opportunities.
  • Working one-on-one with faculty to cultivate skills and craft the message.
  • Providing visibility for faculty and advancing their scholarship, research, and creative activities.
  • Empowering research teams and individual investigators to increase competitiveness and attract extramural research funding.
  • Obtaining funding intelligence, identifying agency contacts and priorities, and organizing on-campus events.

Capacity-building activities and services for faculty and staff include the following:

  • Supporting Proposal Development
    • Consultation
    • Departmental Requests
    • Areas of Emphasis
    • Creative Residencies, Awards, Fellowships, and Trainings (CRAFT)
    • Fulbright Program
    • Humanities Faculty Fellows
    • Large, Complex Projects
  • Connecting Collaborators
    • Coffee & Convergence
    • SPARKS: Seeking Partnerships to Advance Research, Knowledge, and Science
    • FUSION: Faculty Understanding Science in Open Networks
    • Research Development Community
    • Communities of Scholars
  • Faculty Programs
    • Expanding Horizons
    • Initiative for the Future
    • Proposal Writing Institute
    • Research Development Academy
    • Scholarship Agenda
    • Strengthening the Culture of Research

Led by the Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Development (AVCRD@utk.edu), the Research Development group has more than six decades of combined expertise in helping faculty members pursue the possibilities and find funding and support for their research activities.