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Jamie Coble has been named the Tickle College of Engineering’s first Southern Company Faculty Fellow in recognition of her work as an assistant professor of nuclear engineering.

“I’m honored and grateful to have been selected for this recognition and to be associated with Southern Company, given it operates and is expanding its nuclear power operations,” Coble said. “This will enable me to focus even more on the issues surrounding the safety, sustainability, and economic competitiveness of nuclear power as a key carbon-free energy source.”

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Tony Bova and business partner Jeff Beegle pose for photos in Oak Ridge Friday, July 15, 2016. Bova and Beegle founded Grow Bioplastics, a company specializing in biodegradable plastic sheets used in landscaping and agriculture. (Adam Brimer / University of Tennessee)

Tony Bova and business partner Jeff Beegle pose for photos in Oak Ridge Friday, July 15, 2016. Bova and Beegle founded Grow Bioplastics, a company specializing in biodegradable plastic sheets used in landscaping and agriculture. (Adam Brimer / University of Tennessee)

Grow Bioplastics, a student startup, has received a $225,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant. The award will fund research and development work on lignin-biomass-based biodegradable plastics for agricultural applications, specifically plastic mulches.

Grow Bioplastics’ team, led by co-founders Tony Bova and Jeff Beegle, will use the SBIR funding to create new biodegradable plastics from lignin, a waste product of the paper and biofuel industries. Bova is an energy science and engineering PhD candidate in UT’s Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education. Beegle, a recent graduate with a master’s degree in microbiology, also completed his studies in the Bredesen Center.

The company’s biodegradable product offers an alternative to plastic mulch films used by farmers nationwide. Current nondegradable plastics must be removed at the end of each growing season and cannot be recycled. Grow Bioplastics’ biodegradable film can be plowed into the soil after each use, offering a solution to the additional labor costs and environmental impact of current films.

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Federal Opportunities

Please contact Paul Montgomery (paul.montgomery@utk.edu) regarding your interest in federal opportunities.

DoD recently published the attached solicitation entitled Defense Enterprise Science Initiative. DESI is a new program that supports use-inspired basic research performed by university-industry teams in order to accelerate the impact of knowledge on key defense challenges and on DoD acquisition programs.

DESI is seeking proposals on the following 4 specific topics:

  • Power Beaming
  • Hihly-maneuverable autonomous UAV
  • Soft Active Composites with Intrinsic Sensing, Actuation, and Control
  • Metamaterial-based Antennas

The proposal deadline is 28 Feb 2018.  DoD anticipates making 4 awards of $750K annually for a period of 2 years, with an option for a third year of additional funding.  Note that each proposal must include at least 1 university and 1 industry member, and the university partner must receive at least 50% of requested funding.  Also note that not every topic above will necessarily be granted an award.

NIH Opportunities

Join the UT NIH Research Community by contacting Jennifer Webster (jwebster@utk.edu) and start receiving the weekly NIH Digest.

  • NIH Standard Deadlinesfor Investigator-Initiated Research Projects
  • NIH BRAIN Initiative: Biology and Biophysics of Neural Stimulation (R01 – Clinical Trials Optional)(RFA-NS-18-018)
  • NIH BRAIN Initiative: Development, Optimization, and Validation of Novel Tools and Technologies for Neuroscience Research (SBIR)(R43/R44 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)(PAR-18-501)
  • NIH BRAIN Initiative: Development, Optimization, and Validation of Novel Tools and Technologies for Neuroscience Research (STTR)(R41/R42 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)(PAR-18-515)
  • NIH BRAIN Initiative: Targeted BRAIN Circuits Planning Projects Targeted BCPP (R34 – Clinical Trials Not Allowed)(RFA-NS-18-014)
  • NIH Academic Research Enhancement Award (Parent R15 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)(PA-18-504)
  • NIH Advancing the Science of Geriatric Palliative Care (R01 – Clinical Trial Optional)(PA-18-502)
  • NIH Advancing the Science of Geriatric Palliative Care (R21 – Clinical Trial Optional)(PA-18-503)
  • NCCIH Discovery and Biological Signatures of Diet Derived Microbial Metabolites (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)(RFA-AT-18-003)
  • NCI Administrative Supplements to NCI Grant and Cooperative Agreement Awards to Support Collaborations with the PDX Development and Trial Centers Research Network (PDXNet)(Admin Suppl – Clinical Trial Not Allowed)(PA-18-496)
  • NCI Using Information Technology to Support Systematic Screening and Treatment of Depression in Cancer (R21 Clinical Trial Optional)(PA-18-492)
  • NCI Using Information Technology to Support Systematic Screening and Treatment of Depression in Cancer (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)(PA-18-493)
  • NHLBI Deciphering the Molecular Landscape of Lung Aging in Humans (U01 – Clinical Trial Not Allowed)(RFA-HL-19-012)
  • NIA From Association to Function in the Alzheimer’s Disease Post-Genomics Era (R01 – Clinical Trial Not Allowed)(RFA-AG-18-026)
  • NIA Exosomes: From Biogenesis and Secretion to the Early Pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s Disease (R01 – Clinical Trial Not Allowed)(RFA-AG-18-027)
  • NIA Interdisciplinary Research to Understand the Complex Biology of Resilience to Alzheimer’s Disease Risk (R01 – Clinical Trial Not Allowed)(RFA-AG-18-029)
  • NIA Pragmatic Trials of Managing Multimorbidity in Alzheimer’s Disease (R01 Clinical Trial Required)(RFA-AG-18-028)
  • NIA Sleep disorders and circadian clock disruption in Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias of aging (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)(PAR-18-497)
  • NIAAA Interaction of HIV Infection and Alcohol Abuse on Central Nervous System Morbidity Limited Competition (U01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)(RFA-AA-18-008)
  • NIBIB Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant Program (R21) (Clinical Trial Optional)(PAR-18-433)
  • NIBIB Synthetic Biology for Engineering Applications (R01) (Clinical Trial Optional)(PAR-18-434)
  • NIDCD Early Career Research(ECR) Award (R21 – Clinical Trials Optional)(PAR-18-487)
  • NICHD Non-Invasive Diagnostics to Improve Gynecologic Health (R43/R44 – Clinical Trial Optional)(RFA-HD-19-006)
  • NICHD Studies in Neonatal and Pediatric Resuscitation (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)(PA-18-485)
  • NICHD Studies in Neonatal and Pediatric Resuscitation (R03 – Clinical Trial Optional)(PA-18-491)
  • NIDA Development of Medications to Prevent and Treat Opioid Use Disorders and Overdose (UG3/UH3) (Clinical Trials Optional)(RFA-DA-19-002)
  • NIDA Device-Based Treatments for Substance Use Disorders (UG3/UH3) (Clinical Trial Optional)(PAR-18-494)
  • NIDCR Dental Specialty and PhD Program (DSPP)(K12-Clinical Trials Not Allowed)(RFA-DE-18-012)
  • NIDCR Dual Degree Dentist Scientist Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00-Clinical Trial Required)(PAR-18-432)
  • NIDDK Academic Research Enhancement Award in Diseases within the Mission of NIDDK (R15 – Clinical Trial Required)(PA-18-495)
  • NIDDK / NCATS Microphysiological Systems (MPS) for Modeling Diabetes (UG3/UH3 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)(RFA-DK-17-035)
  • NEI Human Subjects Mechanistic and Minimal Risk Studies (R21 Clinical Trial Optional)(PA-18-500)
  • NINR End-of-Life and Palliative Care Health Literacy: Improving Outcomes in Serious, Advanced Illness (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)(PA-18-498)
  • NINR End-of-Life and Palliative Care Health Literacy: Improving Outcomes in Serious, Advanced Illness (R21 Clinical Trial Optional)(PA-18-499)

NSF Opportunities

Please contact Sharon Pound (spound@utk.edu) regarding your interest in NSF opportunities.

  • Critical Resilient Interdependent Infrastructure Systems and Processes 2.0 FY18 (CRISP 2.0) NSF 18-523

Dear Colleague Letters

  • ENG/CMMI Call for NSF Big Ideas Proposals NSF 18-029 Dec. 4, 2017
  • Delay in Issuance of Revised Program Solicitations for CEDAR, GEM, and SHINE  NSF 18-030 Dec. 8, 2017
  • Rules of Life (RoL): Forecasting and Emergence in Living Systems (FELS) NSF 18-031 Dec. 11, 2017
  • RAISE on Enabling Quantum Leap: Transformational Advances in Quantum Systems NSF 18-035 Dec. 14, 2017

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NIH Opportunities

Join the UT NIH Research Community by contacting Jennifer Webster (jwebster@utk.edu) and start receiving the weekly NIH Digest.

  • NIH Standard Deadlinesfor Investigator-Initiated Research Projects
  • NIH Mobile Health: Technology and Outcomes in Low and Middle Income Countries (R21 Clinical Trial Optional) (PAR-18-242)
  • NIH Multidisciplinary Studies of HIV/AIDS and Aging (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)(PAR-18-189)
  • NIH Multidisciplinary Studies of HIV/AIDS and Aging (R21 Clinical Trial Optional)(PAR-18-190)
  • NIH Pathway to Independence Award (Parent K99/R00 – Clinical Trial Required)(PA-18-397)
  • NIH Pathway to Independence Award (Parent K99/R00 – Independent Clinical Trial Not Allowed)(PA-18-398)
  • NIH Research on Autism Spectrum (R03-Clinical Trial Optional)(PA-18-399)
  • NIH Research on Autism Spectrum (R21- Clinical Trial Optional)(PA-18-400)
  • NIH Research on Autism Spectrum (R01- Clinical Trial Optional)(PA-18-401)
  • NIH Surgical Disparities Research (R01 Clinical Trial Optional) (PAR-18-288)
  • NCATS Clinical Trial Planning: Therapeutic/Indication Pairing Strategies (U34) (Clinical Trials Not Allowed)(PAR-18-462)
  • NCATS / NIBIB NIH-CASIS Coordinated Microphysiological Systems Program for Translational Research in Space (UG3/UH3) (Clinical Trials Not Allowed)(RFA-TR-18-001)

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