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About The Grant Program

As a part of its mission, the Center for International Education (CIE) seeks to establish, enhance, and strengthen institutional partnerships with international universities, institutions of higher education, and research institutes. Although some international collaborations begin with the organizations’ leaders, many of the strongest collaborations begin with faculty and students connecting with their international counterparts. This bottom-up approach takes time but can be highly successful when faculty are supported in building these collaborations at every step.

In collaboration with the ORE and UTIA, CIE is pleased is pleased to announce that funds are now available to support these faculty-led partnerships. CIE envisions that these partnerships will grow to involve multiple departments and/or colleges at UT and at the international partner’s organization, thus developing an institutional partnership. Partnerships must focus on collaborative research, scholarship, and creative activities.

The focus of these funds is specifically aimed at creating a strong foundation for or conducting collaborative research, scholarship, and creative activities. Future calls for proposals will focus on other possible aspects, e.g. curriculum, of these institutional partnerships.

CIE will make annual awards to teams of faculty interested in collaborating to establish an institutional partnership in the following thematic focus areas, which were identified as having the highest potential for forming meaningful institutional partnerships based on UT’s strengths and international needs:

  • Advanced materials and manufacturing
  • Computation and data sciences
  • Energy science and technology
  • Food safety, food security, and hunger
  • Forensic anthropology
  • Nuclear sciences
  • Biodiversity and conservation
  • Humanities and artistic expression
  • Healthy communities and impacts
  • Culture, identities, and public policy
  • Research on formal and informal education
  • Veterinary medicine/animal science/comparative medicine

Faculty interested in pursuing other topics should request prior approval by contacting vpcie@utk.edu.