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TN-SCORE Vision:

To advance the capacity of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) research at all Tennessee academic institutions furthering their contribution to state economic priorities and leading to solutions for problems of national significance.



TN-SCORE Research Thrust Areas:

  1. Advanced Solar Conversion and Innovation

  2. Components and Devices for Energy Storage and Conversion

  3. Nanostructures for Enhancing Energy Efficiency

Across these three thrust areas, there are several key program goals:

(1) Improve the competitive standing of STEM researchers at all Tennessee institutions. This is achieved by: (1) implementing successful Research Infrastructure Improvements that build lasting collaborative relationships across the state; (2) increasing the amount of collaborative funding and joint publications to participants; and (3) actively participating in technology-based economic development.

(2) Create sustainable improvements in the capacities of Tennessee alternative energy technologies. This is achieved through: (1) demonstrating conversion efficiencies up to ~10% and (2) increasing the workforce in strategic research areas via education and training

(3) Expand productive STEM research cyberinfrastructure.  This is achieved by: (1) enabling researchers to share research data and (2) engaging participants in cyberinfrastructure-enabled knowledge generation and workforce education.

(4) Diversify participation in STEM fields across Tennessee institutions, organizations, and population.  This goal is achieved by increasing racial/ethnic, educational-level, and rural and inner city diversity among participants. 



TN-SCORE Facts:
    • National Science Foundation EPSCoR RII Track I Research Infrastructure Award
    • $24 million ($20M NSF/$4M cost share from partner institutions)          
    • 11 Primary Research Partners
    • 60+ Faculty Researchers
    • 150+ Student Researchers
    • 16 CollaborativePartners
    • 4 Industry Partners