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Global Catalyst Faculty Research Grant Program

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Global Catalyst Faculty Research Grant Program is a joint effort of UT’s Center for Global Engagement, the Office of Research and Engagement, and the Smith Center for International Development at the UT Institute of Agriculture. The program provides funding for faculty-led partnerships with international universities, institutions of higher education, and research institutes.

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.

CGE 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 the Director of the Global Research Office, Dr. Jamie McGowan at