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Application for 2019-20 Incentive Grant Funding


Proposals due by 5:00 PM Friday, March 6, 2020

As part of The University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s commitment to community-engaged scholarship, the Vice Chancellor for Research provides special project funding for proposals that specifically enhance the public engagement mission of the university through faculty research partnerships. Funding is allocated via an annual, competitive award process.

The current announcement is for funding awards that will be effective July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021 (Fiscal Year 2021). Proposals must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 6, 2020. Late proposals will not be accepted. Funding shall be available during the 2021 fiscal year only, and must be fully spent by June 30, 2021.

This program is primarily directed at faculty-led initiatives, though student involvement is encouraged. Proposals may be for community-engaged projects or partnerships that promote the principles of engagement as applied to research. Applicants are strongly encouraged to download and read the full proposal guidelines and to review previously funded projects before they apply.

Apply Below

Engaged Scholarship Incentive Grants Application Form

Please fill out this form in its entirety.
  • 1000 character maximum
  • Please list all active, external partners.
  • Please list all active, internal partners
  • What will you be doing? What are the expected goals and outcomes? When shall these goals and outcomes be achieved -- what is the timeline?
  • How will the university and community work together? How does the partnership jointly investigate, define, and address community issues? How is reciprocity part of the relationship?
  • Can you provide evidence of shared decision-making? Will the community have a "voice" or role for input into this project? How will the community be involved throughout this project?
  • What are the expected benefits to/impacts on the university? Impacts will ideally include scholarship through or in research or other activity.
  • What are the expected benefits to/impacts on the community? Impacts may include knowledge generation, economic, social, and educational impact within the community, additional dollars generated through grants, contributions, fees, etc.
  • What is the research/creative activity that is embedded in this partnership? Will any faculty or student scholarship be informed by this project? How will this scholarship be published, presented, documented, or publicized?
  • How will this project be documented or assessed? How will this project document or assess its engagement with the community? How will this project document or assess its advancement of the university's mission?
  • What might be the future plans for this partnership? How might you address issues of sustainability?
  • Please list all expenses that will be charged specifically to this grant. Add more lines as needed (+).
  • This is the amount of your requested grant. Maximum allowed is $2,000. Recommended request: $500 - $2000.
  • Please provide a detailed description of each line item in Budget A. How will this amount be spent?
  • Please list any expenses that will be covered by funding sources other than this grant. Add more lines as needed (+).
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  • This is the total cost of all items listed in Budget B
  • Please provide a detailed description of each line item in Budget A. How will this amount be spent?
  • This should reflect the overall project cost, or total of Budget A and Budget B.
  • We are unable to provide conditional or challenge grant funding. Any additional funding that this project requires must already be secured or committed.
  • Your budget provides additional information about the focus and value of your project, and is therefore an integral part of panel review and approval of your application. If actual spending varies from this budget, we may not be able to reimburse you.
  • At least one external partner letter is required. Please include additional letters of commitment for funding, resources, or support that will make your project possible. ** Do not upload any other kinds of files. ** All other information must be submitted using the fields on this page.
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