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SPRINT Program

Established Routes and New Destinations

Key to advancing our research goals is to continue to focus efforts on topics and initiatives we have already defined among our research strengths: One Health, Digital Agriculture, Agriculture Genomics and Synthetic Biology, and BioEconomy Advancement. UT AgResearch scientists should strive to submit at least four initiative-driven proposals.

As we advance our established initiatives, we also should look to the future. UT AgResearch is committed to supporting new faculty initiatives, with a goal of four new team initiatives in place by 2024 through an ASAP Strategic Planning Research Initiatives (SPRINT) program. The faculty-driven process will initially involve development of broad, programmatic concepts for review and selection of five to six projects for support. The six-month period that follows will be used to solidify each research team and build out a research proposal for a second, intensive panel review of the science and potential for sustainable growth. Significant investment will be directed to one to two of the concepts to gather vital preliminary data, establish a collaborative record for the team, and further refine the proposal and business model. The ultimate goal of this recurring program is to form tightly integrated, cohesive, multidisciplinary groups of researchers who are driven to advance solutions to complex challenges in agriculture and natural resources.

Phase 1 RFP for 2021 is now available

Chart showing SPRING Program phases

ASAP SPRINT PROGRAM: PHASE 1

  • Well-defined program scope (external proposal budget of $1 million+ each)
  • Multidisciplinary team with integrated plan of work
  • Emphasis on emerging issues

ASAP SPRINT PROGRAM: PHASE 2

  • Plan for integrated work
  • Clearly communicated expectations of the team
  • Summary of investment needs and resource gaps
  • Refined identification of sources of funding

ASAP SPRINT PROGRAM: PHASE 3

  • Continue team coordination
  • Generate Preliminary data
  • Publish team manuscripts
  • Submit external proposals