The Office of Research and Engagement’s Faculty Development Team will launch a weekly funding digest at the end of January featuring a wide array of external funding opportunities for faculty. The new Funding Opportunities Digest will incorporate opportunities previously disseminated by the NIH Digest and Catalyst, as well as round-ups from the Corporate and Private Foundations Office, limited submissions, and internal opportunities. It will be sent out each week on Monday morning.
National Legislative Efforts Aimed at Reducing Regulatory Burden
The Office of Research Integrity has been paying close attention to national legislative efforts aimed at reducing research regulatory burden. Recently, legislation has been approved that includes the 21st Century Cures Act, the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act, and changes to the National Defense Authorization Act. Many of these new legislative activities focus on creating a research policy board, requiring agencies to harmonize regulations, and reducing institutional administrative burden that will allow us to focus our resources on enhancing customer service. Our national partner, the Council on Governmental Relations (COGR) summarized these initiatives in a clear and concise manner.
Integrity: Message from AVCR Nobles on Research Integrity
This semester, several steps have been taken to advance the responsible conduct of research infrastructure at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. In September, President DiPietro announced an updated Policy on Misconduct in Research and Service, which the Office of Research Integrity worked diligently to amend. This office has also labored to provide greater information on services available to the UT Knoxville research community through a series of web content on Responsible Conduct of Research, iThenticate, and a Responsible Conduct of Research Lunch and Learn Series of workshops. These efforts reflect the office’s dedication to UT’s faculty, staff, and students and to its journey to becoming a Top 25 public research university.
IACUC Processes Streamline Work for Researchers
A recent change to the procedures of the UT Knoxville Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) will allow some amendments to protocols to undergo administrative approval by the IACUC Chair or a designated veterinarian through Veterinary Verification Consultation rather than review by the full committee. This change will streamline the approval process for such changes, allowing PIs submitting amendments to protocols to see approval faster. Researchers who have a need for expedited approval or an interest in understanding which types of amendments fall under the updated approval process may contact the IACUC office (firstname.lastname@example.org, 865-974-5547) for further information.