Special Projects

Brainstorming Sessions

Brainstorming sessions involving faculty from multiple departments and colleges is one of the ongoing efforts of the Office of Research, including Special Projects personnel and pre-award staff of the ORS.

The OoR would be delighted to host and facilitate brainstorming sessions to narrow in on a fundable idea, put together a proposal, or revise an unsuccessful proposal. Contact Dr Friedli at 494-7669.

Broad Interest Groups (2009)

  • Partnerships for Healthy Homes
  • NASA-related education
  • E4: Energy, Environment, Education, Economics

Specific Interest Groups (2009)

  • Building Computers and Communities
  • Air Traffic Control Center of Excellence
  • Antibiotic-resistant Drug Modeling

Outcomes include:

  • Two page white papers that can be used as a starting point for federal initiatives, competitive proposals, and non-competitive proposals.
  • Proposals - competitive or non-competitive
  • New or broader centers

Grant-writing (2009)

  • Animation in STEM Teaching (NSF-ITEST)
  • Green Building Technical Studies and Healthy Homes Demonstration Grants (HUD)
  • Renovation of Laboratory Space for the Natural Sciences at MTSU (NSF-ARI-R2)

Partnerships and Strategic Alliances

Building and maintaining research-related partnerships with institutions and businesses in Tennessee is another of the duties of the Office of Research.

If you would like to develop a research relationship with a company, the OoR can help to schedule, negotiate, and bring in new MTSU partners. Contact Dr. Friedli 494-7669.


  • HudsonAlpha Research Institute
  • Smyrna Airport
  • Bridgestone-Firestone
  • United Southern and Eastern Tribes (USET)
  • ISR Group


  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • Oak Ridge Associated Universities/Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory/Southeast Regional Research Initiative (ORNL/SERRI)
  • Arnold Engineering Development Center
  • Tennessee Valley Authority
  • Mind To Marketplace (M2M)