Training Events and Webinars


2019 NSF CAREER Workshop

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs is hosting a workshop to help faculty submit a proposal for the National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) program and receive additional support from UTC. Faculty who meet all required proposal development benchmarks will receive $500 to be used for travel, supplies, and any expenses allowable under UT policy as well as support for external proposal reviews.

Please see the NSF CAREER Program Page for more information on eligibility and guidelines!


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Date: February 8, 2019

Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Morning Session:The morning session is open to all faculty members and will cover general information about the program. This part of the workshop will be held in the UC Raccoon Mountain Room from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. Lunch will be provided.

Afternoon Session:The afternoon session provides an opportunity to work one-on-one with an NSF consultant to hone a proposal idea. These 30-minute consultations will be held in the UC Riverbend Room from 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm. Timeslots for this session are extremely limited.Registration will be offered on a first come, first served basis to faculty who have submitted a one-page research description pitching their CAREER idea. You will have an opportunity to upload your one-pager with your RSVP, or you can email it to no later than January 31, 2019.A template for this document can be downloaded here.


Past Events and Webinars:

2018 NSF CAREER (05/15/2018)

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs is hosting a workshop/webinar on how faculty can submit a proposal for the National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) program and receive additional support from UTC. 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 see our Funding Opportunities Page for more information on eligibility and guidelines!


Date: Tuesday, May 15

Time: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Location: Ocoee Room, University Center

2017 NISER & MLC Webinar (8/15/2017)

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs is happy to host a webinar on the evaluation principles related to STEM education programs impact on students, teachers, or communities.

The webinar, offered by the National Institute for STEM Evaluation and Research (NISER) and the Mobile Laboratory Coalition (MLC), is tailored to those who run mobile science labs or outreach programs, but is broadly applicable to anyone managing a STEM education program.

Join Dr. Pamela Bishop and Sondra LoRe from NISER in a webinar hosted by the MLC to learn the basics of STEM education program evaluation and how it can help you improve your program. Free resources, tools and graphics templates are included!

The on-campus location for the webinar will be in the UTC Library, room 435 on Tuesday, August 15th, from 2-3PM.

If you cannot attend this event, please contact for additional information.

THEC ITQ Proposal Workshop (8/19/2015)

The Improving Teacher Quality (ITQ) State Grants represent the largest federal initiative for teacher professional development, funded through the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB). In Tennessee, the program is administered by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC), which is committed to ensuring that all students are prepared for college and career readiness. To help ensure this, the focus of the 2016 Tennessee ITQ Grant program is on conducting professional development projects that focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) subjects for grades 9-12. A workshop and technical assistance call were held on August 19, 2014.

An eligible partnership, as defined by the ITQ RFP, consists of faculty from the School of Education, the College of Arts and Sciences or the College of Engineering and Computer Science (Engineering departments), and a high-need Local Educational Agency (school system). During the technical assistance call, it was established that faculty from the College of Engineering may serve as a member of the partnership.

The Documents below were distributed at the meeting in printed form and are intended to assist with faculty’s development of a proposal to THEC. Please contact ORSP if you have any questions or need any assistance.

2016 Guidance

City and County School Contact List

General Competition Application Outline

Intent to Submit Notification Template

ITQ Budget Template

ITQ Workshop Powerpoint

Sample LEA Commitment Letter

THEC ITQ Checklist for Faculty

THEC Proposal Timeline 2015

ITQ Application Example

NSF REU Proposal Workshop (6/11/2015)

The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program. This solicitation features two mechanisms for support of student research: (1) REU Sites are based on independent proposals to initiate and conduct projects that engage a number of students in research. REU Sites may be based in a single discipline or academic department or may offer interdisciplinary or multi-department research opportunities with a coherent intellectual theme. Proposals with an international dimension are welcome. (2) REU Supplements may be included as a component of proposals for new or renewal NSF grants or cooperative agreements or may be requested for ongoing NSF-funded research projects.Undergraduate student participants in either REU Sites or REU Supplements must be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or permanent residents of the United States. UTC has a proven track-record of securing REU awards, and approximately 180 new sites are awarded each year. The typical funding amount is $70,000 - $120,000 per year, although there is no firm limit on the amount an institution can request.

This year's deadline for proposals is August 26, 2015. Our grant specialists have put together a packet of materials to assist faculty in proposal development. Please click the links below to view materials from the NSF REU Workshop.

Workshop Presentation (PowerPoint)

Proposal Components

Proposal Guidelines

Budget Template

Sample Budget Justification

Biosketch Template

Current & Pending Support Template

Data Management Template

Facilities and Research Template

Project Description Template

REU Site Project Timeline