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The University of Tennessee research community had much to celebrate in fiscal year 2019, including seven National Science Foundation CAREER awards. The preliminary data for the fourth quarter of FY19 shows that the amount expended on research has remained the same year-over-year. We will continue to recognize and celebrate the research excellence of our talented faculty.

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UT showed an upward trend in federal award amounts with the US Department of Energy, US Department of Defense, and National Science Foundation showing continued stability through the first three quarters of fiscal year 2019 (Q1-Q3 FY19). 

The university received the highest ever award amount from the DOE in Q1-Q3 FY19 as compared to the first three quarters of previous years. During this time, 68% of our award amount came from federal agencies and DOE contributed 51% or $38.8 million.  Continue reading


Cover Image--Q2FY19The university continues to show an upward trend in proposal submissions through the first two quarters of fiscal year 2019 (Q1–Q2 FY19), with an increase of 1% over this time last year. However, the total proposal amount requested is down 27% compared to the first two quarters of fiscal year 2018 (Q1–Q2).

The Office of Research and Engagement attributes this decline to fewer proposal submissions to the National Science Foundation (NSF) programs. NSF eliminated proposal deadlines for the majority of its programs beginning in 2018 in an attempt to reduce the burden of the grant review system on its staff and outside researchers. NSF piloted the no-deadline policy starting with a limited number of its programs within the Geosciences directorate and noticed that the number of proposals declined by half in several programs within this directorate following the implementation of this procedure. Continue reading


Download the Quarterly Research Report for Q1FY19

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After a record year for total research expenditures in fiscal year 2018 (FY18), the first quarter of fiscal year 2019 (Q1 FY19), looks strong. The current estimate of the FY19 Total Research Expenditures (TREs) is $50 million, an increase of 16% over the first quarter of fiscal year 2018 (FY18).  This increase is based on the efforts of our many talented faculty and our internal efforts to accurately capture the institutional contributions to research.
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Download the Quarterly Research Report for Q4FY18

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Proposal Submissions

In the fiscal year 2018 (FY18) the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UT) submitted 1,764 proposals representing a 2% increase over the number of proposals submitted in the previous fiscal year (FY17) and a 3% increase above the five-year average number of proposals submitted in the last five fiscal years (FY14-FY18). The total dollar value of the submitted proposals was $611 million signifying a 9% increase over the amount requested in FY17.

Several colleges have contributed to the increase in the total requested amount. College of Nursing (Nur) requested the largest amount in its history ($16 million) and more than doubled the amount it requested in FY17 reflecting 122% increase in FY18. Other colleges that displayed slight to significant increases in FY18 versus FY17 amounts were College of Architecture and Design (A&D) with 46% increase, A&S – 2% increase, College of Communication and Information (C&I) – 105% increase, TCE – 12% increase, RCI- 54% increase, and the UT Space Institute (UTSI) – 12% increase.

Looking at the colleges and centers, Tickle College of Engineering (TCE) requested the largest share – 40% of the total proposal amount – followed by the College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) and Research Centers and Institutes (RCI) both requesting 23% each.

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