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Dashboard: Expanding Research Capacities

Updated May 2017

The Strategic Plan dashboard tracks progress on each strategic goal as well as the overall impact, and there is separate tracking for progress toward Complete College Tennessee Act requirements. By clicking on each dial, visitors can access drill-down lists that provide more detailed supporting data.

Goal 2: Expanding Research Capacities

Develop support systems for System research efforts that solve critical problems and issues, expand economic development and enhance the quality of life in Tennessee, the nation and the world.

Evaluation Criteria

Initiatives

  1. Design and implement a strategic business plan for expanding research to harness the power of the UT System’s substantial research enterprise and increase its visibility and impact.

  2. Promote the application and commercialization of research and development to improve the economy and develop and expand business and industry in the state.

  3. Define standards, measure progress and communicate research outcomes and impacts in the economy.

Goal 2. Expanding Research Capabilities
Research Activity

UT Research and Sponsored Program Expenditures ($M)

Systemwide, research expenditures increased about 5% over last year, with a sharp increase at UTHSC. Over the past six years, research expenditures have increased slightly, by about 1%.

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  2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16
UT Knoxville $199.5 M $203.0 M $180.8 M $165.6 M $158.4 M $160.2 M
UT Chattanooga $11.1 M $12.4 M $11.2 M $9.7 M $9.4 M $8.1 M
UT Martin $4.0 M $3.3 M $2.3 M $2.6 M $2.6 M $3.5 M
UT Health Science Center $194.4 M $201.1 M $202.5 M $203.1 M $222.7 M $240.5 M
UT Institute of Agriculture $42.4 M $43.2 M $44.1 M $40.7 M $42.8 M $45.8 M
UT Institute for Public Service $7.9 M $6.7 M $4.8 M $4.7 M $4.5 M $5.1 M
UT System Total $453.6 M $465.0 M $440.3 M $422.1 M $435.5 M $458.3 M

Definition Data Source
Total research and sponsored program expenditures include contracts, grants, cooperative agreements, research appropriations (e.g., Gov. Chairs), Centers of Excellence, and indirect costs. Total includes both research and sponsored program (public service research) activities. (UTK includes Vet Med Controller's Office: Sponsored Projects Expenditures By Campus and Type Report

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Goal 2. Expanding Research Capabilities
Economic Development

UT Total Research Expenditures ($m) (Reported to NSF)

Systemwide, research expenditures reported to National Science Foundation have increased about 2% since FY2011.

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  2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16
UT Knoxville $175.4 M $187.4 M $193.1 M $179.0 M $173.5 M $183.3 M
UT Chattanooga $9.2 M $10.9 M $7.8 M $6.2 M $6.8 M $5.6 M
UT Martin $1.2 M $0.6 M $0.4 M $0.6 M $0.5 M $0.6 M
UT Health Science Center $81.2 M $77.8 M $71.9 M $67.8 M $65.8 M $71.5 M
UT Institute of Agriculture $62.8 M $68.5 M $67.9 M $67.2 M $67.1 M $69.1 M
UT System Total $321.9 M $337.0 M $341.1 M $323.4 M $313.7 M $330.1 M

Definition Data Source
Total research and development (R&D) expenditures as reported to the National Science Foundation (NSF). These expenditures exclude public service contracts and grants, but do include indirect costs, equipment purchased from R&D accounts, clinical trials, and research training grants. NSF Research and Development Expenditure Report

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Federal Research Expenditures ($m) (Reported to NSF)

"Systemwide, federal expenditures as reported to the National Science Foundation have declined by about 8% since 2010-11.

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  2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16
UT Knoxville $114.9 M $115.1 M $117.8 M $112.2 M $105.4 M $109.7 M
UT Chattanooga $2.9 M $3.2 M $2.1 M $1.5 M $1.9 M $1.1 M
UT Martin $0.0 M $0.1 M $0.0 M $0.0 M $0.0 M $0.1 M
UT Health Science Center $51.8 M $48.5 M $42.3 M $41.8 M $39.4 M $38.4 M
UT Institute of Agriculture $15.5 M $17.8 M $17.5 M $15.3 M $15.3 M $18.6 M
UT System Total $182.2 M $182.0 M $179.7 M $169.6 M $162.1 M $167.9 M

Definition Data Source
Total Federal research and development (R&D) expenditures as reported to the National Science Foundation (NSF). These expenditures exclude public service contracts and grants, but do include indirect costs, equipment purchased from R&D accounts, clinical trials, and research training grants. NSF Research and Development Expenditure Report

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Research Activity

Number of UT Research Proposals

Systemwide, the number of research proposals has increased about 3% since FY2011.

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  2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16
UT Knoxville 1,540 1,593 1,600 1,721 1,785 1,711
UT Chattanooga 145 156 131 123 145 152
UT Martin 83 49 51 52 50 60
UT Health Science Center 865 732 787 857 843 726
UT Institute of Agriculture 616 618 688 791 813 707
UT Institute for Public Service 33 20 27 17 20 15
UT System Total 3,282 3,166 3,285 3,563 3,656 3,371

Definition Data Source
Total number of proposals submitted to or tracked by the campus Office of Research or Sponsored Programs in given academic/fiscal year. UTK includes Vet Med. UT Campus Office of Research or Sponsored Programs

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Number of Research Awards

The number of research awards has fluctuated at each institution since 2010-11. Overall, the number of awards has decreased by about 5%.

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  2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16
UT Knoxville 1,282 1,368 1,284 1,431 1,378 1,210
UT Chattanooga 93 94 78 91 89 68
UT Martin 58 35 31 36 37 43
UT Health Science Center 427 371 401 364 324 325
UT Institute of Agriculture 360 366 467 473 454 477
UT Institute for Public Service 20 21 13 12 7 13
UT System Total 2,212 2,225 2,247 2,359 2,239 2,108

Definition Data Source
Total number of research and/or sponsored programs proposals that were funded or awarded in a given academic/fiscal year. UTK includes Vet Med. UT Campus Office of Research or Sponsored Programs

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UT Research Award Dollars ($m)

Systemwide research award dollars have remained stable, with sustained increases at UTIA and decreases at UTC.

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  2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16
UT Knoxville $155.3 M $167.4 M $163.0 M $139.2 M $148.3 M $153.4 M
UT Chattanooga $15.5 M $10.2 M $10.2 M $9.3 M $8.1 M $8.8 M
UT Martin $7.7 M $4.1 M $2.4 M $3.0 M $4.1 M $5.6 M
UT Health Science Center $94.8 M $89.9 M $87.6 M $79.7 M $93.1 M $84.3 M
UT Institute of Agriculture $46.3 M $46.6 M $52.4 M $56.3 M $61.8 M $73.3 M
UT Institute for Public Service $9.0 M $4.8 M $6.1 M $3.1 M $2.1 M $3.6 M
UT System Total $328.6 M $323.0 M $321.7 M $290.6 M $317.4 M $329.0 M

Definition Data Source
Total number of research and/or sponsored programs proposals that were funded or awarded in a given academic/fiscal year. UTK includes Vet Med. UT Campus Office of Research or Sponsored Programs

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Goal 2. Expanding Research Capabilities
Economic Development

United States Patents Filed by UT

Systemwide, total number of US patents filed by UT Research Foundation has fluctuated in the past 6 years.

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  2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16
UT Knoxville 24 13 28 38 27 30
UT Chattanooga 4 - - 1 1 1
UT Martin - - - 1 1 -
UT Health Science Center 22 27 43 45 27 38
UT Institute of Agriculture 9 18 27 11 8
UT System Total 60 49 89 112 67 76

Definition Data Source
The number of new patent applications filed in the US Patent Office during the past year. It counts both provisional patent applications and utility patent applications. UT Research Foundation

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United States Patents Issued To UT

The number of US patents issued based on UT technology has fluctuated in the past 6 years.

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  2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16
UT Knoxville 8 7 16 14 10 7
UT Chattanooga - - - - - -
UT Martin - - - - - -
UT Health Science Center 8 13 13 17 12 12
UT Institute of Agriculture 3 3 3 5 3 5
UT System Total 19 23 32 36 25 24

Definition Data Source
The number of patents which successfully complete examination at the US Patent Office during the past year. An issued patent is one for which the invention described has been determined to be novel and non-obvious. An issued patent provides the inventor a 20-year period of exclusivity. UT Research Foundation

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Economic Development

UT Royalties Revenue ($K)

Income from licenses, royalties, fees, and patent reimbursements has fluctuated at UTK, and increased at UTHSC.

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  2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16
UT Knoxville $887,673 $609,598 $345,931 $301,312 $2,512,600 $410,055
UT Chattanooga $0 $15,000 $0 $0 $0 $0
UT Martin $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
UT Health Science Center $500,929 $347,199 $383,545 $461,652 $612,281 $713,653
UT Institute of Agriculture $159,028 $431,604 $274,553 $195,557 $196,113 $198,137
UT System Total $1,547,630 $1,403,401 $1,004,029 $958,521 $3,320,994 $1,321,845

Definition Data Source
The total income received from all active licenses over the past year. Income may be in the form of fees, royalties, patent expense reimbursements, or even shares of stock that have been sold. UT Research Foundation

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Number of Licenses Issued

The number of licenses issued to UT has flucuated at most campuses over the last 6 years.

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  2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16
UT Knoxville 1 5 9 10 25 12
UT Chattanooga - 1 - - 1 -
UT Martin - - - - - -
UT Health Science Center 5 13 4 3 11 6
UT Institute of Agriculture 10 3 8 4 6 3
UT System Total 16 22 21 17 43 21

Definition Data Source
The total number of new commercial agreements signed in the past year granting companies the right to access UT intellectual property. Licenses most often grant rights to use, make, or sell patented inventions, but may also involve copyrighted software or tangible materials. Industry-sponsored research agreements are not considered licenses. UT Research Foundation

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Number of Startups at UT

Systemwide, the number of new companies founded based on UT intellectual property has declined in the last 6 years.

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  2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16
UT Knoxville 2 1 2 1 0 1
UT Chattanooga 0 1 0 0 0 0
UT Martin 0 0 0 0 1 0
UT Health Science Center 0 5 2 1 2 1
UT Institute of Agriculture 2 2 0 1 1 0
UT System Total 4 9 4 3 4 2

Definition Data Source
The number of new companies that were founded around UT intellectual property over the past year. A company is only counted as a UT startup if the UT invention represents its initial intended product. Many small companies license UT intellectual property for their second or third products, these are not considered UT startups. UT Research Foundation

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Number of UT Inventions (Disclosures)

The number of UT inventions and discoveries has increased by about 61% between FY2011 and FY2016 for the System with a noticable increase at UT Knoxville.

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  2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16
UT Knoxville 36 39 71 82 71 74
UT Chattanooga 0 8 2 1 3 5
UT Martin 0 1 2 2 0 1
UT Health Science Center 26 27 30 29 25 38
UT Institute of Agriculture 22 60 40 38 15 22
UT System Total 87 144 145 152 116 140

Definition Data Source
The number of new inventions and discoveries that were reported to UT over the past year. An invention disclosure is a form that is used to officially document the date of a new invention or discovery, describe who was involved, and provide an initial description of the new invention or discovery. Invention disclosures are usually the initial trigger for UTRF to contact an inventor and begin the evaluation and commercialization process. UT Research Foundation

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