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High Priority Funding Opportunities

These announcements are updated frequently. Please check back often for opportunities that may be of interest to you. Please let us know if you are interested in applying for any of these funding opportunities. We look forward to assisting you throughout the application process!

  • NIH - R15
  • NSF - CAREER (TBD), Research Experiences for Undergraduates Sites (TBD), S-STEM, MRI
  • NEH - Summer Fellowships
  • NEA - ArtWorks
  • TDOT Proposal

National Institute of Health

R15 Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA)

The National Institutes of Health's (NIH's) R15 Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) program is a research grant program that is designed to stimulate research at educational institutions that provide baccalaureate degrees for a significant number of the nation's research programs but that have not been major recipients of NIH support, such as UTC. A primary component of the program is biomedical research participation by undergraduate students.

National Science Foundation

Science of Organizations (SoO)

  • Organizations -- private and public, established and entrepreneurial, designed and emergent, formal and informal, profit and nonprofit -- are critical to the well-being of nations and their citizens. They are of crucial importance for producing goods and services, creating value, providing jobs, and achieving social goals. The Science of Organizations (SoO) program funds basic research that yields a scientific evidence base for improving the design and emergence, development and deployment, and management and ultimate effectiveness of organizations of all kinds.
  • Full Proposal Deadline Date: September 04, 2018 or February 04, 2019
  • Program Guidelines


Leading Engineering for America's Prosperity, Health, and Infrastructure (LEAP HI)

  • The LEAP HI program challenges the engineering research community to take a leadership role in addressing demanding, urgent, and consequential challenges for advancing America's prosperity, health and infrastructure. LEAP HI proposals confront engineering problems that are too complex to yield to the efforts of a single investigator --- problems that require sustained and coordinated effort from interdisciplinary research teams, with goals that are not achievable through a series of smaller, short-term projects.
  • Letter of Intent Due Date: June 16, 2018
  • Full Proposal Deadline Date: September 17, 2018
  • Program Guidelines

NSF Award Supplements

Investigators with an active NSF research award may request supplemental funding to provide research experiences for undergraduate students, K-12 STEM teachers, and/or full-time community college faculty. The Directorate for Biological Sciences also offers “Research Opportunity Award” supplements for faculty from primarily undergraduate institutions. These supplemental awards are a great (and easy) way to add funds to existing projects and broaden the impact of existing awards.

CAREER Program

The National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization

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Research Experience for Undergraduates

The purpose of these supplemental awards is to enable undergraduate students to participate in NSF supported research. They provide summer or calendar year stipends for the students and possibly modest supplies for the undergraduate project. The students must be US citizens or permanent residents and may not receive REU support after graduating.

Research Experience for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science

The purpose of these supplemental awards is to facilitate professional development of K-12 science teachers through research experience at the cutting edge of science. The duration of the RET Supplement will be one year and the project may be carried out during summer months, the academic year, or both. The total cost of the supplement is limited to $10,000 per teacher/community college faculty. The budget includes a teacher's /community college faculty stipend and up to $2,000 for the cost of materials, equipment, software and other supplies for developing classroom instructions and experiments.

Directorate for Biological Science Supplements

Additional guidance on supplemental requests to the Directorate for Biological can be found here:

TDOT Proposal

The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) has announced the 2019 Mini Call for Research Proposals. TDOT is looking for nontraditional transportation research projects that align with 11 focus areas ranging from technologies to assist in disaster relief efforts to addressing the opiod crisis in TN. The proposal is due Monday, April 29 at 9 am. Due to the timeline and anticipated volume of proposals the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs (ORSP) has outlined key deadlines to better support faculty pursuing this grant opportunity. Please refer to the Proposal Timeline & Due Dates section for key deadlines and Guidelines & Resources section for proposal information and templates.

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