ORSP oversees the process by which proposals are selected for submission by the university in response to federal, private, and corporate funding solicitations that limit the number of proposals that can be submitted per applicant institution. Please visit the InfoReady Review portal for the UTC campus to view a list of open competitions and apply. More information about InfoReady Review can be found here. Please contact [email protected] with any questions about the application or review process.
Anyone wishing to apply to a limited submission solicitation that is not available on InfoReady Review should contact [email protected] immediately. ORSP will review the sponsor guidelines, evaluate the funding scope, and determine the need for an internal solicitation.
Recurring Limited Submission Solicitations:
- NEH Summer Stipends
This program supports individual scholars for two consecutive full-time months as they conduct humanities-based research and/or write and edit manuscripts. Grants are awarded directly to individuals. Funds may be used for summer salary, travel, and other costs related to the proposed scholarly research. Learn more about the program here. UTC is limited to two applications from tenure-track/tenured faculty per cycle. An internal competition is held each summer to select the two faculty members approved to submit to NEH in September. UTC adjuncts and lecturers are not required to compete in the internal competition.
- NSF Major Research Instrumentation (MRI)
MRI provides support to acquire critical research instrumentation to advance fundamental science and engineering research. Learn more about the program here. UTC can submit three applications to this program each year: 2 proposals to acquire instrumentation costing between $100,000 - $1 million, and 1 proposal to acquire instrumentation costing more than $1 million. An internal competition is held each fall to select the project teams approved to submit to NSF the following January.
- ORAU Ralph E Powe, Jr. Faculty Enhancement Award
This program provides seed money for junior faculty conducting research in the following focus areas: engineering, life sciences, mathematics, computer science, physical sciences, policy/management, education, and health disparities. Eligibility is restricted to full-time assistant professors within two years of their initial tenure track appointment at the time of application. Learn more about the program here. An internal competition is held each fall to select the individuals approved to submit to ORAU the following January.
- NEA Grants for Arts Projects
This program funds projects that increase public engagement, learning across the lifespan, and community integration with art. Projects may focus on visual or performance art, creative writing, arts education, etc. A 1:1 cost share is required. Learn more about the program here. UTC is limited to 1 proposal submission per year. An internal competition is held each fall to determine the proposal approved to submit to NEA at either the February or July cycle.
- NSF S-STEM
S-STEM awards provide scholarships and support services to undergraduate students majoring in NSF-eligible disciplines. UTC is eligible for Track 2 (single institution), Track 3 (inter-institutional consortia), and Collaborative Planning proposals. Eligibility restrictions apply to currently funded S-STEM programs. Learn more about the program here. UTC is limited to two proposals per competition cycle. An internal competition is held each fall to select the proposals approved to submit to NSF the following February.
- NSF CyberTraining
This program funds training projects that address national cyberinfrastructure workforce needs. Learn more about the program here. There are no institutional limits to pilot and implementation projects. However, UTC is limited to one CI Professional proposal per competition cycle. NOIs are requested each fall to determine if an internal competition is necessary.
- NSF CyberCorps Scholarships for Service
The SFS program welcomes proposals to establish or to continue scholarship programs in cybersecurity. All scholarship recipients must work after graduation for a federal, state, local, or tribal Government organization in a position related to cybersecurity for a period equal to the length of the scholarship. UTC may submit only 1 proposal per competition cycle. An internal competition is held each spring to select the proposals approved to submit to NSF in July.
- Searle Scholars Program
The Searle Scholars Program supports the independent research of outstanding early-career scientists who have recently been appointed as assistant professors on a tenure-track appointment and have the potential to make innovative and high-impact contributions to research over an extended period of time. The University of Tennessee system must be invited by the Searle Scholars Program to submit nominations each year. UTC is usually limited to one nomination to send to the UT system for consideration. An internal competition is held each summer to determine the nominee from UTC.