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December 08, 2022 | Tom Ballard

UTK commits $50 million over five years for translational research hires

The university will hire research faculty members in seven discipline clusters over the next three years.

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) has earmarked $50 million over the next five years to recruit 44 top-tier research faculty members across multiple disciplines to address some of the most pressing and complex challenges of our time.

Known as the “It Takes a Volunteer: 2023-25 Cluster Hiring Initiative,” it is the largest such commitment in recent UTK history. The seven clusters are:

  • Bioinformatics, Genomics, and Quantitative-based Solutions for Food Security;
  • Climate-Smart Agriculture and Forestry;
  • Food and Nutrition Security;
  • Foundational Artificial Intelligence — Closing the Gap to Human Intelligence;
  • Future Mobility; 
  • Precision Health and Environment; and
  • Science-informed Artificial Intelligence.

“These seven clusters represent UT’s Volunteer ideals to create knowledge and opportunities that benefit communities in our state and nation and around the world,” said Chancellor Donde Plowman. “The subsequent hires will foster translational research that makes life and lives better and prepare UT graduates to lead in the communities and workplaces of tomorrow.”

The news release with additional information of each cluster can be found here.