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The Office of Research is sponsoring a two-part workshop on how to seek funding from the Army Research Office (ARO). ARO serves as the Army’s premier extramural basic research agency and sponsors research primarily at academic institutions in the following areas:

  • Electrical, Environmental, Materials, & Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer & Network Sciences and Mathematics
  • Chemistry, Physics, Life Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences

Part I of the workshop will be held on Friday, September 2, from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m., in the NIMBioS conference room on the fourth floor of Blount Hall and will involve presentations by three UT Knoxville faculty members who have received multiple ARO awards or have served on ARO advisory panels, followed by a question-and-answer period.

The presenters are Jimmy Mays, professor and distinguished scientist in the Department of Chemistry; Stephen Paddison, associate professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; and Lou Gross, director of NIMBioS.

Faculty members who attend Part I will be invited to submit a one-page proposal abstract relevant to an ARO topic of interest. A limited number of these abstracts will be sent to ARO for review.

Part II of the workshop will be held on Tuesday, September 20, from 8:00 to 11:30 a.m., in the NIMBioS conference room and will involve presentations by the ARO chief scientist and two ARO program managers. Following the presentations, faculty members whose abstracts are sent to ARO will have an opportunity to meet individually with one of the ARO visitors to discuss their abstracts and receive feedback.

Registration is required to attend Part I and Part II of the workshop and is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please register for Part I at Registration for Part II of the workshop will be announced in early September. Attendance at Part I is not a prerequisite to attend the Part II presentations by ARO.

You can learn more about ARO research interests here.

For more information, contact Paul Montgomery at or Jim Mazzouccolo at