UT researchers submitted 414 proposals in the first quarter of fiscal year 2020 requesting $115 million, representing 9% and 3% decreases respectively when compared to the first quarter of fiscal year 2019. The decrease in proposal submissions was recorded for most of the colleges with the exception of Haslam College of Business, which displayed a 71% increase in the number of proposals submitted when compared to the first quarter of the FY19.
While the proposal submissions were down from last year’s performance in the first quarter, the total award amount received was up 44% when compared to the first quarter of the FY19. The total amount received in the first quarter of FY20 was $69 million, which represents almost half—or 49%—of the total award amount received during FY19 ($140 million). The College of Arts and Sciences, College of Communication and Information, College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences, College of Social Work, and the UT Space Institute all recorded substantial increases in the award amount received when compared to the first quarter of FY19.
Looking at the sources of funds obligated during the first quarter of FY20, the increase in the dollar value received stemmed from a combination of increases in funding from federal agencies, institutions of Higher Ed, private profit organizations, and Tennessee government. Substantial increases in federal funding were due to increased funding from the Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, Department of Health, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
Also encouraging is the first quarter 3% increase in the total research expenditures. The total dollar amount expended on research activities in the first quarter of FY20 was $52 million.