In an effort to provide support to faculty in an evolving environment, the Science Alliance has issued a modified Joint Directed Research Development (JDRD) call for proposals focusing on areas of relevance to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Program Description: The Science Alliance was formed to build and enhance relationships between University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UT) faculty and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) scientists and engineers. To that end, the Science Alliance established the JDRD program to catalyze new collaborations between UT and ORNL researchers with an emphasis on new scientific or engineering areas of research and largely in concert with the Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) projects. In its reconceptualized form, the JDRD program focuses on a narrowed field of strategic research interests. Though encouraged, University faculty are no longer required to select a collaborator from a pool of existing LDRD projects, and may instead work with any ORNL scientist, excluding UT-ORNL joint faculty and UT Governor’s Chairs, to address a research problem with far-reaching potential impacts for both the university and the lab. Continue reading