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TBR calls for faculty input in research-funding effort

February 12, 2001

Last year, the University of Tennessee received a substantial appropriation for research. The TBR, on the other hand, received no funds, partly because the legislature doesn't think of TBR institutions as being involved in research.

Members of the TBR hope to change that. According to Mary Morgan, TBR communication director, regents are asking for $5 million for campus-based research. The funds would be awarded on a competitive basis, with the promise of a dollar-for-dollar match from private and federal funds.

The challenge, Morgan says, is making legislators statewide aware of research going on in TBR institutions. To do that, she has agreed to work with Austin Peay's Office of Public Relations during February and March to "funnel" information and articles about research activities at the University to the newspaper most read by legislators: "The Tennessean."

To support that effort, faculty are urged to send information about their research, including the focus, the results or interim results obtained and the findings anticipated upon completion to Dennie Burke in the Office of Public Relations.

Information should be forwarded no later than Feb. 26, as February and March are the most critical time in budget discussions.