As I embark on my second year as associate vice chancellor for research development, it is useful to reflect on the great strides we have made towards advancing the research enterprise here at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. We have made significant progress toward achieving our goal of becoming a Top 25 research institution. We have received several major large awards during this first quarter of fiscal year 2016 including awards from the Department of Education, the Department of State, DOE, NIH, and NSF. I look forward to continuing to pursue these types of major funding opportunities throughout the coming year.
I have now met with most of the UT faculty and departments and am realigning some of our internal strategic investments to better promote and grow research, scholarship, and creative activity across the campus. We continue to roll out a major effort to engage more faculty in securing NIH funding; we have advanced the Communities of Scholars concept; we are growing the UT Core Facilities Program; and we are about to announce a number of new programs under the Strategic and Transformative Investments in Research (STIR) program. Perhaps most noteworthy is that we have made some exciting new hires in the Office of Research and Engagement that will make us even more effective in serving UT research needs.
Some of our ORE “wins” are highlighted in the pages of the quarterly report. As always, I invite your feedback on anything you would like to discuss involving our office, your research concerns and interests, and aspirations you may
have for future research activities at UT.
— Janet E. Nelson
Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Development