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Welcome to the Office of Research and Economic Development. We are here to help. 

The Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED) serves as a focal point for matters relating to research and similar scholarly activities. In its mission, the ORED helps faculty identify funding opportunities and develop research proposals by providing information on support sources and background information. The ORED staff also reviews and approves proposals before submission to funding agencies, prepares and negotiates contracts, and executes awarded contracts. The ORED, working in conjunction with Grant Accounting, then ensures that awards and contracts are compliant with federal, state, sponsor, and TTU regulations, terms and conditions. To further help faculty reach their research goals, the staff also conducts seminars and workshops on proposal writing and funding sources and assists with intellectual property matters such as patents and copyrights. PLEASE NOTE:  Our Research and Sponsored Programs Handbook has been archived for reference purposes. The overall structure contained within the handbook is accurate, but specific links, rates and information may not be up-to-date.  Please use our active website pages as the source for the latest information.  


The mission of the Office of Research and Economic Development is to establish and to technically and financially grow a TTU research enterprise with a theme of Create, Re-create, Collaborate, Innovate, incorporating all four pillars of the knowledge economy:

  • Education and Training
  • Information Infrastructure
  • Economic Incentive
  • Innovation Systems


TTU will emerge as a leading university in the Collaborative-Interdisciplinary-Innovative-Creative-Entrepreneur culture in order to drive research and development in engineering toward solving societal and industrial problems that are of critical importance to the workforce and economic development of the region and state of Tennessee.


Harvill Eaton, Interim Vice President for Research and Economic Development
Derryberry Hall, Room 305  

(931) 372-3374

Francis Otuonye, Associate Vice President for Research
Derryberry Hall, Room 128

(931) 372-3374

Michael Aikens, Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Southwest Hall, Room 155
(931) 372-6333

  • Directs the Tennessee Center for Rural Innovation
  • Helps guide economic development activities for the region, state of Tennessee, and the nation

Amanda Cherry, Financial Analyst
Derryberry Hall, Room 155
(931) 372-3938

  • Assists with budget development
  • Reviews cost-sharing commitments
  • Provides bookkeeping assistance on funded projects

Nicole Clark, Contract Compliance Assistant
Derryberry Hall, Room 155
(931) 372-3202  

  • Negotiates and executes agreements, contracts, and grants
  • Coordinates training for the compliance of agreements, contracts, and grants

Jill Dicey, Administrative Associate
Derryberry Hall, Room 305
(931) 372-3897

  • Provides general administrative Office of Research support
  • Supports the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
  • Supports the Intellectual Property Advisory Committee
  • Supports the TTU Research Foundation Board

Amy Hill, Editor
Southwest Hall, Room 149
(931) 372-3464

  • Provides proofreading/editorial support and temporarily submits proposals
  • Provides graphic support
  • Supports the Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects

Mark Lynam, Senior Coordinator
Derryberry Hall, Room 128
(931) 372-3673

  • Communicates potential funding opportunities to appropriate faculty
  • Assists with sponsor forms and electronic submission systems
  • Facilitates/initiates the protection of intellectual property and technology transfers

Jamie Murdock, Grant Development Manager  
Derryberry Hall, Room 128
(931) 372-6587

  • Reviews funding program solicitation to identify key issues
  • Provides SPIN Global Suite training
  • Reviews proposal sections relative to evaluation criteria

Debbie Pennebaker, Financial Associate
Derryberry Hall, Room 128
(931) 372-3901

  • Provides bookkeeping assistance on funded projects