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Research Development Team

The Research Development Team (RDT) helps faculty form competitive research teams and collaborations to identify and pursue large strategic opportunities. This includes multi-million-dollar opportunities, multidisciplinary centers, and projects with extensive arrays of external partnering, both institutional and corporate. The goal of the RDT is to increase the number of major awards by forming faculty research teams early and leveraging our campus research strengths and partnerships.

To accomplish this, the RDT will provide the following services to UT faculty:

  • Proposal Development: Plan, prepare, and edit proposals. Provide budget support, graphics, and timelines to address solicitation requirements. Engage faculty to review technical aspects of the proposal before submission and provide actionable comments similar to agency review panels. Marshal proposal through the last five-day coordination with the Office of Sponsored Programs to ensure timely submission.
  • Funding Opportunities: Prior to any funding agency announcement, identify new and/or recurring funding programs and share with appropriate faculty.
  • Federal Agency Engagement: Facilitate relationships with funding agencies .
  • Internal Teaming: Connect early knowledge and published funding opportunities with UT faculty expertise to build strategic and interdisciplinary teams.
  • External Teaming: Identify and pursue collaborations and partnerships with entities outside UT (ORAU, UT-Battelle, TN-SCORE and others).
  • Corporate and Foundation Engagement: Connects and fosters faculty relationships by matching faculty expertise to private foundation interests and potential corporate partners.
  • Data Management Plans: The University of Tennessee Libraries provides resources and help to all UT researchers to help them write a clear, effective, and thorough data management plan for their grant proposal.

RDT Staff

Sharon Pound

Jennifer Webster

Please contact Kimberly Eck to alert the team to a prospective program of interest or to receive assistance on an opportunity of interest.