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University of Tennessee, Knoxville FY19 Annual Report Cover

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UT faculty and students are recognized nationally and internationally for their excellence in research, scholarship, and creative activity. In fiscal year 2019, faculty members received seven National Science Foundation CAREER awards, an American Council of Learned Societies fellowship , and a European Union Collaborative fellowship.

Our students set a new record for Fulbright US Student Program awards as 19 were selected to study, conduct research, and teach in cities around the world. Our students also earned two Goldwater Scholarships and three Boren Scholarships . Grant Rigney, a Haslam Scholar and Neyland Scholar majoring in chemical and biomolecular engineering, became UT’s eighth Rhodes Scholar .

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Cover image for FY18 annual reportFISCAL YEAR 2018 saw significant increases in several research performance metrics for the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, research community.

UT reported its most impressive research year on record, with $260 million in total research expenditures. Federal funding accounted for $117.8 million, or 45 percent, of TREs, with the remainder coming from institutional, state and local government, business, nonprofit, and other funds. The federal agencies that invested the most in UT research were the Department of Energy with $58.9 million, the National Science Foundation with $25.6 million, and the Department of Defense with $10.8 million. Research outside of science, technology, engineering, and manufacturing fields accounted for more than $42 million in expenditures

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FY17 Annual Report CoverThe TREs in FY17 were $203 million, the largest amount in UT’s history. This benchmark amount reflects increases in institutional research funds, federal research expenditures (FREs), and UT’s business enterprise.

UT’s largest federal funder in FY17 was the Department of Energy, largely due to participation in IACMI–The Composites Institute. IACMI accounted for $21.6 million of the $22 million cost share reported by the UT Research Foundation and is the primary source of the increase in FY17 TREs.
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FY16 Annual Report (cover)The Office of Research and Engagement’s fiscal year 2016 data reveals an increasingly competitive world for federal funding. Despite this, our work with the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy remains strong, and we continue to grow our National Institutes of Health and Department of Defense portfolios. There are many efforts under way to expand our funding base, some of which are highlighted in the “What We Do Well” section of this report.

At the heart of all we do are the students. At the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, we have an active community of undergraduate researchers that has shown exponential growth since FY2014. This year, we celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Exhibition of Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement (EURēCA) with 247 poster presentations from departments across campus. 

More eyes are turning to UT and East Tennessee for innovations in advanced manufacturing and materials research. Appointments made through the UT–Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chairs program in the areas of advanced manufacturing and advanced materials indicate the university’s commitment to becoming a powerhouse in these fields.

Our faculty and staff competed successfully for $154 million in externally sponsored research awards in FY2016, up 3.1 percent from FY2015. This $4.8 million increase continues a three-year growth pattern that we foresee extending into FY2017. Also continuing to trend upward was the average total amount received per award, which increased from $165,000 in FY2015 to $169,000 in FY2016.

Looking ahead, we continue to contemplate strategic opportunities and diversify our sources of funding. We look forward to the exciting research discoveries that lie ahead.

Robert Nobles II, DrPH, MPH, CIP
Interim Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement

FY15 Annual Report

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The Office of Research and Engagement’s fiscal year 2015 data continues to show an increasingly competitive world for federal funding. Despite this trend, our work with the National Science Foundation and the US Department of Energy remains strong. There are many efforts underway to expand our funding base, some of which are highlighted in the News and People section of this report.

The Tickle College of Engineering, in concert with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has been deeply involved in winning one of the institutes in the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation—IACMI—and collaborating on four other winning institutes.
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