Established in 2005, the Engineering Research Office is a unique resource, providing pre-award concierge service to enhance the quality and success rate of extramural research proposals and reduce our faculty’s administrative burden.
Meet the ERO Team
Each member of our team is a certified research administrator and completely dedicated to providing concierge-level service to help our faculty gain success throughout the proposal process.
Our office can help craft and refine clear and convincing narratives that align with agency and program priorities. We have experience with many different funding agencies and can help faculty frame research proposals to maximize appeal.
Our team provides one-on-one support that allows faculty to focus on the narrative while we manage everything else required for a quality proposal that complies with agency guidelines, university policies, and regulatory requirements.
Developing, preparing, and submitting research proposals is a substantive and involved effort expected of TCE tenure-line faculty members. We are here to help. The Engineering Research Office (ERO) provides custom proposal support and development services to facilitate successful proposal submissions. From brand new, first-year faculty to well-established UT-ORNL Governor’s Chairs, ERO’s experienced staff assist TCE faculty at every step of the proposal process, from initial planning, to budget development and document preparation, through submission to the funding agency.
Increase in Research Expenditures, 2011-2021
Enhancement of Assistant Professor Success for Federal Proposals
Early Career Awards Received Since 2016
(16 NSF, 5 DoE, 1 DoD)
|Proposal Category||Success Rate with ERO||Success Rate without ERO|
|All Federal for Assistant Professors||25%||18%|
|All Federal for Associate Professors||31%||26%|
|All NSF Proposals for all TCE Faculty members||23%||16%|
|All Federal multi-investigator large proposals (also multi-institutional)||20%||12%|