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Proposal Support

Research Development (RD) provides assistance at every stage of the proposal process. Securing external funding and prestigious awards can be a daunting task, but RD staff are available to help faculty identify opportunities, develop ideas, and generate winning proposals. RD support is available for proposals of all sizes, from single-investigator projects and prestigious faculty awards to transdisciplinary, center-scale efforts. For questions or to engage RD services, contact avcrd@utk.edu.

To maximize the impact of these services and to establish expectations with faculty, RD services have been categorized into the following service levels:

All faculty are encouraged to work with RD staff to explore possibilities. Typically, one to two meetings per research topic includes finding funding opportunities, assessing fit and readiness, conceptual brainstorming, team building, and competitive intelligence. Requests should be made via email to avcrd@utk.edu.
RD staff may be engaged to edit the proposal narrative and advise on other proposal needs. Typically, investigators should engage one to two months before the deadline to receive two reviews of the proposal narrative that result in iterative, substantive improvements; alternatively, investigators may engage two weeks before deadline to receive one review for copy editing only. Requests should be made via associate deans for research to ensure that resources in academic units may be used first.
Typically, these projects focus on major multi-million-dollar opportunities and special, institutional requests. Comprehensive support includes representatives from RD staff, the Division of Research Administration, and other research administrators. Support often includes project management, content development, external reviews, and team-building activities.
RD staff are embedded in many UT communities and will actively match opportunities, explore collaborations, and tap well-positioned researchers for targeted opportunities of strategic interest to the university. Requests should be made via email to avcrd@utk.edu. Typically, these projects will focus on:

  • Arts and Humanities opportunities
  • CMUP awards, including NSF CAREER
  • NIH R Series
  • Diversity/inclusion programs
  • Follow up on ORIED investments/seed funds

The CRAFT Program is an ORIED initiative dedicated to helping faculty in arts and design succeed in their professional goals. Through programming, regular communications, individualized support, and new internal funds, the CRAFT Program has been designed to meet the needs of faculty engaged in creative activities.

CRAFT is primarily for faculty in the School of Art, School of Music, College of Architecture + Design, Theatre Department, and creative writing faculty in the English Department. Other faculty who are engaged in creative activities as part of their research or are interested in collaborating with faculty in the above departments should contact the program coordinator, Hannah Schmidt, at hschmidt@utk.edu.

The faculty Fulbright fellowship provides a year or semester at a host university abroad. The ORIED Fulbright Program offers a sequence of opportunities for faculty members to receive advice on their applications for the Fulbright fellowships. The program includes: workshops devoted to the distinctive concerns and problems of the Fulbright application; a group meeting with a UT faculty member who has served on a Fulbright review panel; small writing groups that develop the Fulbright applications; matching individual applicants with a UT faculty member who has received a Fulbright for further review; and finally, reviews of final drafts. For more information, contact Alan Rutenberg at arutenberg@utk.edu.