The University of Tennessee
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act


The 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) – or federal economic stimulus package – provides significant funding opportunities for the University of Tennessee. An aggressive and detailed strategy has been created to help the University identify funding opportunities to pursue and how best to pursue them within the short timeframe. ARRA Notice
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Sources of Funding

Stimulus funds are available to the University via two major avenues: through state stabilization funds and from federal agencies.

Stimulus funding allocated by the state will come to the University through an appropriations bill enacted by the legislature.

Stimulus funds obtained from federal agencies will reach the University primarily through a competitive grant process. The University believes entities ready to proceed once process guidelines are provided will have a significant advantage in competing for and obtaining available funds.

Stabilization Funds

Stabilization funds for public higher education institutions will be available through June, 2011. These funds can be used for a wide variety of activities, including modernization, renovation, or repair of facilities used primarily for instruction, research, or student housing. Stabilization funds must be spent on items that are of a one-time nature, that are likely to be phased out, or that are scheduled to be funded with non-state sources (such as tuition) in the future. Stabilization funds cannot be used for new capital projects.

The University of Tennessee works under the guidance of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) in requests for and receipt of the stabilization funds.

This website contains information about The University of Tennessee’s Use of the State Stabilization Funds. It is updated monthly.

These links will provide additional information:

Competitive Grants

The University tracks the proposals submitted to and awarded through the federal ARRA competitive grant process. The following links, which are updated monthly, contain reports on proposals submitted, grants awarded, and expenditures: