About

 Our Mission

The mission of the Office of Research is to promote, support and facilitate research, scholarly and creative activities of faculty and graduate students. The Office of Research supports the university community in obtaining externally funded support for research, scholarship, instruction/training and public service in the context of scholarly excellence and sound ethical justification.

Who We Are

 

The Office of Research provides leadership and administrative support to TTU faculty and staff in the identification and receipt of funding for research and creative or other scholarly activities.  Additionally the Office of Research, working in conjunction with Grants Accounting, ensures that awards and contracts are compliant with federal, state, sponsor, TBR and TTU  regulations, terms and conditions.

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Francis Otuonye, Associate Vice President for Research
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(931) 372-3374
Derryberry Hall (DBRY) 305

 

 

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Beverly McDonald-Robinson, Director of Sponsored Programs & Creative Activities
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(931) 372-3874
Derryberry Hall (DBRY) 306

 

 

 

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Mark Lynam, Coordinator
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(931) 372-3673
Derryberry Hall (DBRY) 306 Webpage

 

  • identify funding opportunities
  • coordinate interdisciplinary proposal submissions
  • assist in budget construction
  • ensure completeness of proposal package
  • meet the funding agency's guidelines
  • assist with electronic grant submissions
  • assist on matters regarding intellectual property

 

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Sammie Sparks, Contract Compliance Assistant
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(931) 372-3202
Derryberry Hall (DBRY) 306

 

  • review proposals for compliance with both University and external regulations
  • negotiate grants and contracts
  • execute awarded contracts
  • process activation forms to establish accounts
  • review awarded contracts for compliance with regulations
  • facilitate communication with funding agencies on matters related grants/contracts administration
  • assist with report submission

 

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Ellen Wolfe, Proposal Development Specialist
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(931) 372-6587
Derryberry Hall (DBRY) 306

 

  • help develop, edit, and organize proposals
  • assist with gathering data, support letters, curriculum vitae, assurances, and documentation
  • assist with completing the PEF, budgets, tables or charts
  • outline the proposal requirements and guidelines
  • assist with assembling proposal components

Additionally, our staff provides leadership, guidance and support to the TTU community to:

  • present seminars and workshops on proposal development, and coordinate programs and activities related to external funding
  • develop proposals for submission to external funding agencies
  • assist in interpretation of policies related to research compliance
  • provide guidance to facilitate preparation and timely submission of applications to the TTU Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects (a.k.a., IRB)
  • initiate and develop collaborative and interdisciplinary opportunities/contacts on and off campus

What We Do

The personnel of the Office of Research support the university's mission by:

  • Disseminating information on funding opportunities for research, scholarly and creative activities.
  • Providing background information for use in proposals.
  • Conducting seminars and workshops on proposal writing and funding sources.
  • Assisting faculty in the development of proposals.
  • Reviewing proposals for accuracy, completeness and compliance with university, state and federal regulations.
  • Preparing and negotiating grants and contracts.
  • Administering Tennessee's Public Records Act (T.C.A. 49-7-120) relative to sponsored research and services.
  • Executing awarded contracts and processing activation forms to establish accounts.
  • Assisting faculty in protecting their ideas and implementing technology transfer activities.
  • Monitoring compliance with a broad range of federal policies and guidelines that regulate research activities in the following areas: responsible conduct of research, research ethics, human subjects research and the humane care and use of animals in laboratory research and experimentation.

The College Research Liaison Officers are responsible for ensuring that approvals for proposals within their respective college contain the appropriate signatures and cover sheets and for encouraging faculty to provide adequate time for departmental and college reviews so that the Office of Research will also have adequate time for review.


 

School of Agriculture and Human Sciences

Dr. Pat Bagley, Dean
Campus Box 5165
Phone: 931-372-3149
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College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Paul Semmes, Dean
Campus Box 5065
Henderson Hall, Room 208
Phone: 931-372-3118
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College of Business Administration

Dr. James Jordan-Wagner
Campus Box 5025
Johnson Hall, Room 101
Phone: 931-372-3372
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College of Education

Dr. Matthew Smith
Campus Box 5042
Bartoo Hall 311
Phone: 931-372-3181
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College of Engineering

Dr. Periasamy Rajan, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research
Campus Box 5005
Clement Hall, Room 201
Phone: 931-372-3833
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School of Interdisciplinary Studies, Extended Programs and Regional Development (ISEE)

Dr. Susan Elkins, Vice President for Extended Programs and Regional Development
Campus Box 5973
Henderson Hall 3
Phone:(931) 372-3394
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