The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine, Knoxville

Collaborative Research Initiated through 'Pot of Gold'

Six collaborative University of Tennessee research projects have received $10,000 grants through the "Pot of Gold" program. The "Pot of Gold" is sponsored and equally funded by the UT Graduate School of Medicine (UTGSM); UT, Knoxville (UTK); and the UT Institute for Agriculture (UTIA), to foster new and innovative research projects involving cross-campus collaborations that demonstrate a strong potential of eventually attracting significant extramural funding.

This internal funding opportunity evolved from an idea put forth by Mitchell Goldman, MD, Assistant Dean for Research at UTGSM, to researchers asking, "What would you do if you had some funding to support an entirely new collaborative research project?" In its inaugural year, the program funded two projects with a total of $15,000.

This year, the program has expanded and exceeded expectations. The institutions were able to increase funding to this year's "Pot of Gold," which is equally funded through UTK, UTGSM and UTIA, to support six one-year grants of $10,000 each, selected from 22 high-quality proposals.

2015-2016 "Pot of Gold" teams are:

UTGSM Dean James Neutens, PhD; UTK Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Development Janet Nelson, PhD; and UTIA Ag Research Dean William Brown, PhD, congratulate the recipients for their awards and commend all of the applicants for their innovative ideas and excellent applications.