Internal Grant Competitions
UTC has several internal funding opportunities available. Several of these are administered by the Faculty Senate; however, the following are coordinated by ORSP with significant input from academic faculty and administration.
|Student SEARCH Grants||Student SEARCH Grants: Funding for faculty-led student research|
|CRISP||Collaborative Research Initiative for Sponsored Programs: Funding for collaborative faculty team research|
|NSF CAREER||The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is committed to supporting early career faculty who are active in pursuing sponsored funding. The Vice Chancellor for Research, with support from the University, Colleges, and Departments, is providing additional supports for faculty who are preparing a CAREER proposal and meeting appropriate milestones.|
|NSF-MRI||Internal selection competition to determine which team is eligible to apply for the NSF-Major Research Instrumentation grant program|
|ORAU||Internal selection competition to determine which two junior faculty members are eligible to apply for an ORAU Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award|
|Faculty PREP||UTC Faculty Pre-Tenure Enhancement Program - As a means of further ensuring success towards promotion and tenure, the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research is piloting a program that will support pre-tenure faculty in bolstering their research portfolio in anticipation of the promotion and tenure process.|
|NSF Proposal Prep||Ten faculty will be selected, in a competitive process, to participate in a proposal preparation workshop to aid in successfully competing for significant NSF grants.|
|UT CORNET||UT Collaborative Research Network Proposals on Cancer Research - Funding for innovative and promising cancer research that involves investigators from the UT Health Science Center, UTK, UTC, and Oak Ridge.|
The 2018 Student SEARCH Grant Competition is now open!
The Student SEARCH Grants (formerly PSRA) are designed to provide UTC students with
a special opportunity to participate in original research with faculty members. It
promotes Scholarship, Engagement, the Arts, Research, Creativity, and Humanities on campus. This research is normally undertaken during the summer months, although academic year
research may be approved with proper justification. See the application for all guidelines
and submission instructions. Full-time undergraduate and graduate students in all
disciplines are eligible to apply. Students are expected to develop the proposal
with the support of a Faculty Sponsor and with the approval of the Department Head.
Competition: Community Partnerships - Collaborative Research Opportunities
The 2017 CRISP Competition is now closed. Check back in the fall for information regarding the 2018 competition!
The Collaborative Research Initiative for Sponsored Programs (CRISP) internal grants program seeks to stimulate collaborative, sponsored research at UTC by providing investigational teams of UTC faculty with resources and coordinated support services to help them build research capacity, create internal and external research collaborations, and establish a multidisciplinary research team with the primary outcome of submitting competitive research proposals and successfully securing funding from external sources. Applicants must propose a collaborative course of action that will increase their capacity to successfully compete for external funding. All applicants are expected, within their proposal, to outline a plan for preparing and submitting at least one and preferably multiple proposals to external funding agencies within a maximum time frame of 24 months after the project's start date.
The CRISP internal grant program is anticipated to support 6-8 awards of up to $8,000
each to take place over a 12-month funding period (January 1, 2017 - December 31,
Previous CRISP Competition information
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is committed to supporting early career faculty who are active in pursuing sponsored funding. The Vice Chancellor for Research, with support from the University, Colleges, and Departments, is providing additional supports for faculty who are preparing a CAREER proposal and meeting appropriate milestones.
Faculty who meet all proposal development benchmarks will receive $500 mini-grants to be used for travel, supplies, and any expenses allowable under UT policy, external proposal reviews, and a travel stipend to meet with the appropriate NSF Program Officer prior to submission. Please carefully review the NSF Faculty Early CAREER Guidelines below for additional information on requirements and eligibility.
The 2018 NSF-MRI Competition is now open!
The NSF MRI grant program allows only three proposal submissions per institution: two proposals for equipment acquisition and one proposal for equipment development. For the past several competition cycles, UTC has had more than two faculty teams who wanted to pursue equipment acquisition grants. In the event that we have more than two faculty teams interested in equipment acquisition this year, The ORSP will be coordinating an internal review and selection process.
Additional information about the internal competition, including abstract guidance, evaluation criteria, and the competition timeline, may be found by reading the MRI Internal Selection Guidelines, linked below. In addition, please closely review the full MRI program solicitation to make sure that your proposal fully meets the program requirements.
As always, please do not hesitate to contact our office if you have any questions.
The ORAU competition is open! Internal application materials are due by 5PM on Tuesday Nov. 28.
The Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards provide seed money for research by junior faculty at ORAU member institutions and are intended to enrich the research and professional growth of young faculty and result in new funding opportunities. The ORAU Powe Award is a $5000 award for full-time assistant professors who are within two years of their initial tenure track appointment. Proposals are welcomed in the following fields: Engineering/Applied Sciences; Life Sciences; Mathematics/Computer Science; Physical Sciences; and Policy, Management, or Education. UTC is limited to nominating only two junior faculty members per year, therefore an internal competition is held to identify the two proposals deemed most likely to succeed.
The 2018 Faculty PREP Competition is now open!
UTC’s faculty members are its most important intellectual resources. Hiring and mentoring new faculty requires a substantial investment of time and money by the Institution and the Department. As a means of further ensuring success towards promotion and tenure, the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research is extending a program that will support pre-tenure faculty in bolstering their research portfolio in anticipation of the promotion and tenure process.
Because investigators have a wide variety of needs for start-up and development support depending upon academic discipline, research area of interest, etc., applicants may apply for pre-tenure release time, salary support, student research assistants, research-related travel, equipment, and/or supplies in addition to other approved research activities. Successful applicants requesting funds for pre-tenure release are expected to begin planning sufficiently in advance to allow for flexibility in the department.
This competition is now closed. Check back in the summer for more information.
The NSF Proposal Preparation Initiative is a joint effort by the offices of the Vice Chancellor for Research (VCR) and Research & Sponsored Programs in collaboration with the College of Engineering and Computer Science to bolster faculty capacity to successfully compete for significant NSF grants. This competition is to select 10 faculty to participate, based on intellectual merit and broader impacts. Please read the guidelines below for complete program information and instructions on how to apply.
The 2017 UT Cornet Competition is now closed. Check back in the winter for information regarding the 2018 competition!
The UT CORNET awards are designed to stimulate innovative, interdisciplinary, team-based research on Cancer (T0-T4) that involves investigators across the UT Network. These awards are specifically to promote new lines of research, and are not intended as bridge funds or extensions of ongoing funded research. Please see the guidelines below for more details and application instructions.
UTC offers several other internal grant opportunities to support a wide range of faculty development activities including student - faculty research collaborations, curriculum development, technology and equipment acquisition, and conference travel support. These internal grants are administered by various units on campus. While these internal grants do not operate under the auspices of the ORSP, we encourage new faculty, faculty changing from one research field to another, and those interested in developing a funding or research track-record to consider these options as part of a long-term external funding strategy.
To learn more about UTC's internal grant opportunities, visit the Walker Teaching Resource Center's website.