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 is investing 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. These successful projects also include clear, measurable outcomes and demonstrable, sustainable impacts.



Student success requires high impact practices, advising, mentoring, transfer initiatives, co-curricular programs and the like. The Educate grant category seeks to support projects that promote the University of Tennessee’s leadership in student belonging, resilience, persistence and degree completion.

Educate Award Recipients
Title Principal investigator(s) Collaborating campuses and institutes
Mental Health Services on Campus and Student Retention/Graduation​ Elizabeth O’Brien and Kevin Doyle (UTC) UTK, UTC, UTM
UT Webinar Series and Symposium: High Impact Practices in Online and Hybrid Education ​​ Jennifer Gramling (UTK) UTK, UTC, UTM, UTHSC
Turn any Class into a High Impact Online Class (Mobile Online Studio) Brian Stevens (UTK) UTK
Leadership, Advocacy, and Practice in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)​ Bruce Keisling and Toni Whitaker (UTHSC) UTC, UTHSC
System-wide Student Data Definition Work Group Katie Singer (UTSA) UTK, UTC, UTM, UTHSC
Growing Access in Mathematics, Engineering, Science (GAMES) ​ Xiaopeng Zhao (UTK) UTK, UTC
TRIUMPH – Tennessee Recruitment to Increase Underrepresented Minorities into Professions of Health​ Shannon Hughes, Myra Meekins, Carol Likens, Kim Carter, Stephanie Lancaster and Erinn Finke (UTHSC) UTHSC
Tennessee Open and Affordable Course Materials ​ Rachel Fleming (UTC) UTK, UTC
Math Majors to Math Teachers: Supporting Students on Required Teacher Licensure Tests ​​ Chilene Black (UTK) UTK



Research, scholarship and creative activity fuel the education and engagement missions of the university and promote the transfer of knowledge to the world. The Discover grant category is specifically aimed to stimulate collaboration that will pursue new research, scholarship or creative activity of high value to the discipline or disciplines involved.

Discover Award Recipients
Title Principal investigator(s) Collaborating campuses and institutes
Detection, Care and Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease Dr. Xiaopeng Zhao (UTK) UTC, UTHSC, UTIA
Reducing Opioid Abuse among Breast Cancer Patients Patricia Roberson (UTK) UT Cancer Institute, UTHSC Graduate School of Medicine, UT Medical Center
Determining patient-defined treatment outcomes in opioid use disorder​​ Kenneth Hohmeier, Todd Moore, Alina Cernasev, Jenny Macfie and Marie Chisholm-Burns UTK and UTHSC
Power balancing router Leon Tolbert (UTK) UTC
Pathogen Transmission Pathway Identification by Fomite and Behavior Monitoring​​ Qiang He and Dr. Paul Terry UTK and UTHSC Graduate School of Medicine
Structure and supercomputing for drug discovery​​ Darryl Quarles and Jeremy Smith UTK, UTHSC and ORNL
Antimicrobial Fruit Coating Tao Fei and Dr. Jeremiah Johnson UTK and UTIA



Outreach and engagement help connect the university with the world to inspire the next generation of creative thinkers and thought leaders. The Connect grant category is intended to support ideas and projects to help the University of Tennessee better connect with our communities.

Connect Award Recipients
Title Principal investigator(s) Collaborating campuses and institutes
Digital Literacy in Tennessee ​ Isabella Baxter (UTK) and Sreddhar Upendram (UTIA) Libraries in Herbert College of Agriculture, UT Extension and UT AgResearch
Orchestrating the Efforts to Fight the Opioid Crisis in Tennessee with Geospatial Technologies​ Liem Tran (UTK) TN Geographic Alliance
Sharing Best Practices in Teacher Education: Ethics for Educators​ Amelia Brown (UTK) UTC, UTM, UTHSC
One UT Thousands of STEMs​ Ozlem Kilic (UTK) UTC
Paving a Pathway for Academic Success in Recovery: From High School to Higher Ed​​​ Shandra Forrest-Bank and Jennifer Tourville (UTK) Center for Health Education and Wellness
Growing Supplier Diversity In and Around UT Campuses​ Karen Binkley (UTSA) UTK, UTC, UTM, UTHSC
Virtual Professional Growth Opportunities for Teachers​​​ Marisa Moazen and Audrey Sizemore (UTK) Tennessee STEM Innovation Network
Alternative Nutritional Management Strategies for Starved Horses​ Jennie Ivey (UTIA) UTK, UTIA Middle TN Research and Education Center, Purina Animal Nutrition
Martin-Lone Oaks STEM Collaborative​​​ Steve Elliott (UTM) Lone Oaks Farm



Process Archives

Visit the archived One UT Grants process page to view the application, evaluation criteria, frequently asked questions and more.



Dec. 12, 2019 Information Session (in person or teleconference)
Feb. 3, 2020 Proposals due
May 13, 2020 Awards Announced
May 28, 2022 Project Completion Date
Aug. 9, 2022 Final Report Due