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Eligibility and Grant Types

Proposals are invited from all UT Knoxville and UTIA faculty. The principal investigator (PI) must:

  • Be UT or UTIA faculty, including tenured, tenure-track, and non-tenure-track research scientists
  • Have department and college approval to apply for internal funding, as evidenced by willingness to cost share in attached email or letter. (Non-tenure-track researchers must provide documentation from their department head indicating a long-term commitment to the PI and the PI’s ability to execute a future externally funded project at UT that could extend beyond 2022.)
  • Be eligible to apply for external funding 

Award Amounts

Applicants may apply to one category. 

Category 1 Awards

Up to $5,000 ($6,000 total with required cost share) is available per awardee to establish an international partnership. Generally, faculty and students may use funding to support travel to meet with their international partners to tour facilities, make connections, and explore possible collaborative projects. The focus of these discussions should be research, scholarship, and creative activities but may extend beyond that. Faculty are highly encouraged to consider how undergraduate and graduate students can participate in and strengthen the institutional partnership as well as make connections with key administrators who will play critical roles in the exchange of faculty and students. During the project period, the applicant must co-develop with CGE/ORE a formal Plan for Creating an Institutional Partnership (template to be provided) that identifies goals, key milestones, resources needed over a 24-month period to create an institutional partnership, and potential sources of future funding/support. Approximately five to six Category 1 awards will be made. Category 1 is appropriate for faculty seeking to establish, enhance, or expand international collaboration.

Category 2 Awards

Up to $25,000 ($30,000 total with required cost share) is available per awardee to support short-term collaborative projects for research, scholarship, or creative activities. Awards in this category should focus on activities related to scholarly endeavors that deepen or expand international collaboration. During the project period, the applicant must co-develop with CGE/ORE a formal Plan for Creating an Institutional Partnership (template to be provided) that identifies goals, key milestones, resources needed over a 24-month period to create an institutional partnership, and potential sources of future funding/support. In addition, faculty are expected to plan and conduct a collaborative project to collect pilot information in support of their research, scholarship, or creative activity. Faculty are highly encouraged to consider how undergraduate and graduate students can participate in and strengthen the institutional partnership, as well as make connections with key administrators who will play critical roles in the exchange of faculty and students. In collaboration with CIE and ORE, faculty must plan to apply for external funding and begin to generate publications no later than four months after the project’s completion. Approximately three Category 2 awards will be made. Category 2 is appropriate for faculty seeking to enhance or expand international collaboration. Generally, brand new collaborations will not be successful on this time scale.

Use of Funds

For Category 1: Funds can provide support for travel and related costs for UT faculty and students to develop institutional partnerships. Funds will be available soon after awards are announced and will be provided on a cost-reimbursable basis.

For Category 2: Funds may be used for activities directly related to the research: salaries and benefits for research trainees (students, postdocs), research supplies, and equipment/facility recharge. Funds can provide support for travel and related costs for UT faculty and students to develop institutional partnerships. Funds will be available soon after awards are announced and will be provided on a cost-reimbursable basis.

For Categories 1 and 2: Funds may not be used for faculty salaries and benefits, administrative staff, course buyouts, seminar speakers, consultants, or conferences. Although external collaborations are encouraged, funds may not be used to provide salary or fringe benefits to collaborators at external institutions.

Cost-share

For Category 1: An 80/20 cost share is expected for these awards—80 percent of funds will be provided by CIE, while 20 percent of funds should be provided by a combination of the participating faculty, their departments, and their colleges. Faculty, departments, and colleges may choose to contribute more cost-share if needed. The maximum available from CIE per awardee is $5,000.

For Category 2: An 80/20 cost share is expected for these awards—80 percent of funds will be provided by CIE and ORE, while 20 percent of funds should be provided by a combination of the participating faculty, their departments, and their colleges. Faculty, departments, and colleges may choose to contribute more cost-share if needed. The maximum available from CIE and ORE per awardee is $25,000.

Application Information

Deadline

Proposals will be accepted from May 6, 2019, until 5 p.m. (EST) September 1, 2019. All awarded funds must be expended and travel completed by June 30, 2020.

Application Instructions

Proposal narratives should not exceed four pages.

Your narrative should address the following:

  • A description of the research questions and topics of interest and how it relates to UT’s strengths and assets;
  • An explanation of how the partnering institution(s) was chosen to be UT’s strategic partner(s) abroad;
  • A description of the proposed activities. This description needs to include a strategy that will commit the team to identify and working toward a longer-term funded collaboration (grant proposals submitted, journal articles developed, plans for collaborative performances that will lead to long-term partnerships);
  • A description of the expected outcomes for the proposed project; and
  • The long-term goals of this partnership and descriptions of entities involved.

In addition to the proposal narrative, please also include the following supporting materials:

  • A list of the UT Knoxville faculty involved in the project, along with their disciplines, departments, and/or colleges;
  • A list of key non-UT personnel with affiliations and prior collaborations with UT. (Not to exceed two pages);
  • A written commitment(s) of the required cost share;
  • CV for lead PI;
  • Current and pending funding for lead PI; and
  • A proposed budget.

Submit A Proposal

Review Process

The review committee will use the following major review criteria. Point assessment out of 100 possible points

  • Likelihood of creating an institutional partnership: What is the likelihood that this collaboration can grow beyond the faculty members currently participating? How strong is the plan for exploring collaboration opportunities? (40 points possible)
  • Merit and Significance: Will the proposed project advance research in the field? Does it challenge the current state of art? Will it overcome a barrier to advancing research in this field and broaden the horizon for future research? Is this a major question or problem? (25 points possible)
  • Feasibility and Approach: Are the proposed research plans, methods, and analyses appropriate? Will the methods and analyses achieve the objectives of the project? Are adequate resources (expertise, tools, equipment) included in the proposal? (10 points possible)
  • Innovation: Does the project leverage new theories, tools, or applications to advance the field? Will the project shift the current paradigm in the field? Are technical or intellectual innovations included in the proposal? Does the PI leverage individual or institutional differentiators? (10 points possible)
  • External Funding Strategy: Does the project align with the funding targets identified? Is it reasonable to expect that, in addition to alignment, funds will be available in the future (i.e. the targeted program is not sun setting and is of continued interest to the funder)? Is the PI viable from the target funder’s perspective? Is there potential alignment with other funders not mentioned in the proposal? (15 points possible)

An interdisciplinary review committee with faculty and staff will conduct reviews along with this timeframe:

  • Submission deadline: September 1, 2019, at 5 p.m.
  • September review
  • October award notice

Progress Tracking and Reporting

Successful applicants will be required to submit a written report on program activities and outcomes upon completion of the program. A progress report (verbal or written) may be requested. The applicant must co-develop with CIE/ORE a Plan for Creating an Institutional Partnership (template to be provided) at the conclusion of the project.

Questions

For more information, email the Director of the Global Research Office, Dr. Jamie McGowan at jmcgowan10@utk.edu