To promote the University’s three-pronged mission to educate, discover and connect, the University of Tennessee System announces the One UT Collaboration and Innovation Grants. The goal of this new program is to support innovative ideas, create collaborative opportunities and advance the university in three key areas – student success, research and outreach and engagement.

The UT System will invest up to $500,000 in each of the three categories, up to $1.5 million total. Responsive proposals should promote collaboration across units, campuses and institutes as well as long-term sustainability. Successful projects will also include clear, measurable outcomes and demonstrable, sustainable impacts.


Please download and complete the One UT Collaboration and Innovation Grant Proposal application. Other forms of submission will not be accepted.

Proposals must be submitted as one PDF file via email to


Information Session

December 12, 11:00 a.m. EST
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Dec. 12, 2019 Information Session (in person or teleconference)
Feb. 3, 2020 Proposals due
April 6, 2020 Awards Announced
May 28, 2022 Project Completion Date
Aug. 9, 2022 Final Report Due


Guidelines and Proposal Requirements

Proposals should address:

  1. Project Description
  2. The Team
  3. Work Plan
  4. Outcomes & Impact
  5. Budget & Budget Justification

One UT Collaboration and Innovation Grants are open to all UT faculty and staff at all campuses, institutes and extension/field offices.

  • Proposals should clearly respond to the questions presented in the proposal application.
  • Proposals should represent new ideas that increase UT’s impact in one of the three grant categories.
  • Proposals should not exceed three pages, excluding references and figures. One page of references and one page of figures may be included as appendices.
  • Proposals plus the appendices must not exceed five pages.


Evaluation Criteria


  • Innovation – (25%)
  • Collaboration – (25%)
  • Impact – (25%)
  • Alignment with UT System Strategic Plan – (25%)