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Please note:  Grant applications must follow the Office of Research protocols.  An Intent to Submit must be completed, and the Proposal Endorsement Form must be routed to our office to receive permission to submit.  

  • VentureWell E-Team Grants are being offered for $25,000 in funding to student teams with science and tech innovations focused on solving the world's biggest challenges.  For more information, visit the website
    Key Dates:
    Application deadline:  October 7, 2020
    Pioneer Workshop:  Jan. 3-7, 2021 

  • The TBR Office of Organizational Effectiveness announced a new funding opportunity:  Open Educational Resources and Low Costs/No Costs Educational Support Materials. The submission deadline is November 1 and all funds will be available for Spring 2021 semester.  A description of the funding program, including program types and funding levels, and a sample application are below. These grants target digital education initiatives and creation of educational support materials that are low or no cost to undergraduate and/or graduate students in new or existing campus services or programs that target historically underserved student populations including, but not limited to, students of color, low income students, adults, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and traditionally underrepresented genders by discipline/CTE program. The primary purpose of this grant initiative is to increase equity in access to quality digital education initiatives and educational support materials (textbooks, articles, printed or electronic documents). Projects should demonstrate collaborations across departments to ensure an institutional approach to supporting these outcomes.  Anyone planning to submit a TBR SERS proposal should submit the internal online Notice of Intent to Submit Proposal form.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to be in touch with our office.

    Critical dates:
    Applications will be accepted through November 1, 2020
    Awards notification by December 18, 2020
    How to apply:
    To access the grant application and other materials go to

    All applications must be submitted through the grant portal. No hard copies of grant materials will be accepted. 

    For web portal support contact or 615-366-3920.

    Project DescriptionSample Application

  • Solar Energy Innovators Program Opportunity
    The purpose of the Solar Energy Innovators Program is to enable selected applicants to conduct practical research on innovative solutions to the challenges faced by electric utilities, energy service providers, and electric public utility commissions as the levels of solar energy, as well as other distributed energy resources (DERs), increase on the electrical grid.  Please see the link above for more information.  

  • CALL FOR PROPOSALS:  The US-Israel Binational Agricultural Research and Development Fund

  • Call for Rapid Access Proposals for COVID-19 Research Using Neutron Scattering Resources (
    With the continuing spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Energy Basic Energy Sciences neutron sources will provide remote rapid access to support research into the COVID-19 virus and the search for effective diagnostics and therapies. Beamlines that will be made available at the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) and High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, include neutron macromolecular crystallography, small angle scattering, reflectometry, spectroscopy and imaging beamlines.

    Researchers who would like to use these resources should submit a short rapid access proposal, outlining experiment aims and scope, at A facility scientist will contact you regarding your proposal within 2 days. Scientific and technical questions should be sent to Dean Myles at

  • The NSF Convergence Accelerator recently announced the release of the 2020 NSF Convergence Accelerator Phase I and II Program Solicitation (NSF 20-565).  The 2020 NSF Convergence Accelerator consists of the following two tracks: Quantum Technology (Track C) and AI-Driven Innovation via Data and Model Sharing (Track D).  The NSF Convergence Accelerator also announced the recent release of a Dear Colleague Letter (DCL): Request for Information (RFI) on Future Topics for the NSF Convergence Accelerator and Call for Future Topics Conference Proposals (DCL 20-061).  Click here for more information.

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