The University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) has announced that 10 researchers were given Joint Directed Research Development (JDRD) awards for 2017 as part of the Science Alliance, a Tennessee Center of Excellence managed by the UTK Office of Research and Engagement (ORE).
The JDRD program was developed to provide faculty members an opportunity to work collaboratively with researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Awards are given to faculty across a wide range of disciplines and departments with the directive to collaborate with an ORNL Laboratory Directed Research Development (LDRD) project, an ORNL Seed Project, or a project that meets one of several strategic objectives.
Awarded projects focus on a variety of research areas including advanced manufacturing, big data management, and climate change and adaptation. “This year’s solicitation attracted 34 new proposals, half of which were submitted by assistant professors,” said Louise Nuttle, Director of Faculty Development for ORE. “While the opportunity is available to all UT faculty, the high number of meritorious proposals received from junior faculty resulted in the funding of nine new collaborations, including eight from assistant professors.”
The majority of the funded projects represent first-time ORNL collaborations.
You can see a list of the winners here (Joint Directed Research Development).