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Science Alliance

Science Alliance—a Tennessee Center of Excellence managed by the Office of Research and Engagement. The JDRD program was conceived to provide faculty members an opportunity to work collaboratively with researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).

JDRD awards are given to faculty across a wide range of disciplines and departments with the directive to collaborate with an ORNL Laboratory Directed Research Development (LDRD) project, an ORNL Seed Project, or a project that meets one of several strategic objectives. Awarded projects focus on a variety of research areas including advanced manufacturing, big data management, and climate change and adaptation.
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Science Alliance was formed to build and enhance relationships between University of Tennessee, Knoxville faculty and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) scientists. For the past 11 years the center has conducted the Jointly Directed Research and Development program (JDRD). The JDRD program places a priority on catalyzing new and deep collaborations between UT and ORNL, in new scientific or engineering areas, which otherwise would not be possible, typically in concert with ORNL laboratory directed R&D (LDRD) projects or ORNL seed projects.

Find out more about the call for proposals and how to apply at the Science Alliance website.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the Joint Directed Research and Development program nurtures collaborative research from the two institutions. The program recently announced the selection of twelve UT faculty researchers to benefit from its current cycle of funding.

The program funds projects that might otherwise be mired at a particular point of the development process, providing resources to help the research progress. For the past ten years Science Alliance, through the JDRD program, has helped numerous faculty and staff of both institutions pursue their goals.

The majority of the selected projects include undergraduate students, graduate students, or postdoctoral scholars.
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