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Internal Grant Competitions

UTC has several internal funding opportunities available, administered by various units on campus.  This page includes information on internal competitions administered by ORSP.

 Biomedical Research Initiation Collaborative Grants The UT Health Science Center and UT College of Medicine are partnering with the University of Tennessee Chattanooga to support new inter-institutional collaborative research pilot grant program. 
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. 
Searle Scholars Program The Searle Scholars Program supports high risk / high reward research in medicine, chemistry, and the biological sciences while encouraging the independent research of outstanding individuals who are in the first or second year of their first tenure-track appointment at the assistant professor level.

 

Biomedical Research Initiation Collaborative Grants

This competition is now open until Tuesday, November 5th at 5:00pm! 

The UT Health Science Center and UT College of Medicine are partnering with the University of Tennessee Chattanooga to support new inter-institutional collaborative research pilot grant program.  We are issuing this request for proposals to solicit collaborative projects that (1) result in high-impact peer reviewed publications and (2) “seed” pilot collaborations that will result in larger, longer-term extramural funding. The scope of this program is to support health research collaborations and to strengthen the research relationship between the University of Tennessee Chattanooga and the UT Health Science Center/UTCOM investigators.  This funding opportunity will support collaborative projects that bring together teams of investigators, at least one from each institution, focused on all phases of translational research along the continuum from bench to bedside to community. These Collaborative Research grants will support collaborative scientific studies for one year to enable the development of preliminary data that will serve as the foundation for submission of translational research grant applications at the state and national level. 

Competition Guidelines and Application (PDF)

Fillable Application Forms (Word)

Budget template (XLS)

List of Awardees


NSF-MRI Internal Selection Competition

The 2020 NSF-MRI Competition is now closed.


The NSF MRI grant program allows only three proposal submissions per institution: two Track 1 proposals (with amounts between $100,000 and $999,999) and one Track 2 proposal (for amounts from $1 million to $4 million). Both tracks 1 and 2 can now be used for either instrument acquisition or development. For the past several competition cycles, UTC has had more than three faculty teams who wanted to pursue these grants. 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.

 

MRI Internal Selection Guidelines and Cover Page (Word)

 

NSF MRI Proposal Guidelines (PDF)


ORAU Ralph E. Powe Jr. Faculty Enhancement Award

The 2020 ORAU internal competition is now open until Monday, November 18th at 5:00pm! 

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 $5,000 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.

2020 ORAU Internal Selection Guidelines

2020 ORAU Powe Award Overview

ORAU Narrative Template


UTC Faculty Pre-Tenure Enhancement Program (PREP)

The 2020 Faculty PREP competition is now closed.

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.

 

Faculty PREP Guidelines & Application

Faculty PREP 2016-17 Awardees (PDF)

Faculty PREP 2017-18 Awardees (PDF)

Faculty PREP 2018-19 Awardees (PDF)


The Searle Scholars Program

The Searle Scholars Program competition is now closed.

The University of Tennessee System has been invited by the Searle Scholars Program to submit two nominations for the 2020 program. UTK, UTC, UTIA, UTM, and UTHSC are each invited to select one nominee for this system-wide competition. The current internal competition will select the UTC nominee to the UT System competition. A system-wide committee will select the final two nominees from the candidates put forward by the various campuses and units.

Searle Scholars Program Guidelines

Additional Program Details


Additional Resources 

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.