UTK launches broadband research funding competition
The purpose of the SPARKS: Broadband Seed Competition is to facilitate multidisciplinary collaborations focused on broadband research.
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Office of Research, Innovation, and Economic Development is launching the SPARKS: Broadband Seed Competition to facilitate multidisciplinary collaborations focused on broadband research.
Applicants can apply for up to $75,000 per award. Cost share is not required but desired and will be considered when making selections.
Broadband technology, particularly 5G and beyond, promises to transform every aspect of our everyday lives. In Tennessee, impressive expertise and resources are coming together to maximize opportunities and foster transformation from a wide range of disciplines. The goal of the SPARKS: Broadband Seed Competition is to facilitate access, utilization, and expansion of these resources and build strong partnerships. Outcomes can include new courses and programs, team pursuits of external funding, and partnerships with industry and community stakeholders.
The competition is open to full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty with a primary appointment at UT Knoxville, the UT Institute of Agriculture, or the UT Space Institute. They will engage in all three core functions of a land-grant institution: research, education, and outreach. They will also commit to pursuing external funding with the results of this internally funded research. External partners are welcome and encouraged. Projects can be up to 2 years in duration.
Proposals are due by 5:00 p.m. on June 2, 2023, with awards being announced the week of August 14, 2023.