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Global Catalyst Program Launches to Foster International Partnerships

The new Global Catalyst Program, a joint effort of UT’s Center for International Education and Office of Research and Engagement, will provide funding for faculty-led partnerships with international universities, institutions of higher education, and research institutes.

The Ready for the World program has been restructured to create this new grant program.

The program will make annual awards to UT Knoxville and UT Institute of Agriculture faculty who are interested in establishing institutional partners in a dozen thematic areas based on UT’s strengths and international needs:

  • Advanced materials and manufacturing
  • Computation and data sciences
  • Energy science and technology
  • Food safety, food security, and hunger
  • Forensic anthropology
  • Nuclear sciences
  • Biodiversity and conservation
  • Humanities and artistic expression
  • Healthy communities and impacts
  • Culture, identities, and public policy
  • Research on formal and informal education
  • Veterinary medicine, animal science, and comparative medicine

Faculty interested in pursuing other topics should request approval by contacting

Partnerships may include collaborative research, scholarship, and creative activities; a regular exchange of faculty and graduate students; co-developed curriculum and distance learning courses; and other forms of cooperation.

There are two award categories—awards of $5,000 to establish partnerships and awards of $25,000 to support projects. Department and college cost-sharing are required.

Proposals will be accepted until 5 p.m. September 1. An interdisciplinary committee will review each proposal and make awards in October. Funds must be expended and travel completed by June 30, 2020.

Successful applicants will be required to submit a written report on program activities and outcomes.

Full application instructions are posted on the Global Catalyst Program website. For more information, email