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Internal Funding


Scholarly Activity and Research Incentive Funds (SARIF) funds over the summer, the Office of Research and Engagement has officially resumed normal operations for SARIF, albeit on a revised schedule.

As a reminder, tenured and tenure-track faculty with a primary appointment at UT Knoxville, UT Institute of Agriculture, or UT Space Institute are eligible to apply for SARIF. Additional eligibility criteria may apply; please review specific criteria in each SARIF opportunity.

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Strengthening a Culture of Research Within Academic Units program targets colleges or departments with fewer than 60 percent of full-time, tenure, or tenure-track faculty members currently receiving funding. As part of this program, associate deans for research or department heads from these areas will work with ORE to establish a formal internal review process to improve the quality of their external grant submissions in coordination with ORE. Continue reading


The Office of Research and Engagement recently launched a new Research Seed Program that provides funding for University of Tennessee, Knoxville and UT Space Institute tenured and tenure-track faculty. The seed grant program offers internal funds intended to help generate proposal submissions to focused sponsors or around a particular initiative.

ORE seeks to fund projects within each of these categories that encourage faculty members to identify and seek new funding and begin to generate manuscripts for publication shortly after the seed project ends.
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