Updates from the Office of Research, Innovation & Economic Development
Spark is focused on helping tech startups overcome several major challenges.
“Because many years of development is required to get a technical product ready for customers, many startups run out of resources and money before they reach that point,” said Lilly Tench, director of the Spark Cleantech Accelerator. “Also there is often a gap in funding and resources between grant funding provided for research and venture funding provided to startups. The resources of the Spark Innovation Center help startups bridge this gap, with the goal of helping secure funding and get their product ready for commercialization.”
Beyond the standard support of lab space and expertise to develop prototypes, Spark offers graduating companies a crucial next step — the incentive to build and grow in East Tennessee and a pathway to make it happen.
Upcoming Workshops and Events
ORIED to Host Energy Faire on May 2
The Energy Faire will provide an opportunity to make new connections, learn about funding opportunities, and see the breadth of impact and innovation that UT scientists are making to improve life and lives in new energy-related areas of research. This event will include information tables hosted by campus partners who have research interests within the energy ecosystem.
NEH Public Scholars Workshop, May 4
The NEH Public Scholars program offers grants to individual authors for activities leading to well-researched nonfiction books in the humanities written and published for the broad public. This workshop will discuss how the application for the program differs from the standard NEH fellowship, and how applicants can imagine a project that appeals to prospective publishers and a broader audience.
Learn more and register.
New Microplastics Community of Scholars Launched
The Microplastics Community of Scholars connects campus faculty and researchers in diverse units across campus who are working on the exponentially growing field of microplastics. Some key questions of interest include how do they originate, degrade and transport; their effects on human health; how do they affect ecosystem functions, and more.
Learn more and join the listserv.
Call for Presentations: A.I. Research Symposium
ORIED is co-hosting a virtual A.I. Research Computing Symposium on May 17. There are nine presentation slots available for faculty or researchers to present on current UT computing-intensive AI research. Participation is open to all faculty and researchers with interest in machine learning and A.I. Presenter applications are due by May 3.
Research Development Academy Applications Open
Applications are open for the next cohort of the Research Development Academy. The program is designed to support tenure-track faculty from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, sex, gender, and LGBTQ+ populations, who have the potential to contribute to the UT’s discovery mission and advance the university’s values of diversity and inclusion. Applications due by May 5.
Learn more and apply.
Applications Open for Responsible Conduct of Research Ambassadors
RCR College Ambassadors will be mentors and resources for their colleges on RCR policy. This ambassadorship entails completion of an RCR course, an annual retreat, and College Ambassador meetings every other month. Appointments are on a rotating two-year period and includes a $10,000 stipend/year. Nominations due by May 9.
Learn more and apply.
Spark Cleantech Accelerator Deadline: May 12
The Spark Cleantech Accelerator is a 12-week program that will kick-off on August 21 at the UT Research Park. The program provides mentorship, connections, stipends, access to prototyping services, and business acceleration services to early stage cleantech entrepreneurs to help commercialize new innovations.
Learn more and apply.
SPARKS: Broadband Seed Competition
ORIED has launched the SPARKS: Broadband Seed Competition to facilitate multidisciplinary collaborations focused on broadband research. Applicants can apply for up to $75,000 per award. Cost share is not required but desired and will be considered when making selections.
Proposals due by June 2.
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