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The Collaborative Research Network (CORNET) Awards provide seed money to stimulate innovative, interdisciplinary, team-based research which will give rise to future extramural funding.

Since its launch in 2016, the CORNET Awards program has provided funding for a variety of projects, including cross-college collaborations within UTHSC,  system collaborations across all UT campuses (Memphis, Knoxville, Chattanooga, as well as the institute of agriculture, the college of veterinary medicine, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory), collaborations between UTHSC and other Mid-South universities, collaborations with industry partners for drug discovery and development, and collaborations with academic partners across the globe.  Browse the categories below to learn about past awards in each. 




UTHSC Cross-College Collaborations

Stimulate interdisciplinary research across UTHSC college boundaries

2017 Cross-College CORNETs:

CORNET- Clinical: Stimulate research productivity among UTHSC faculty members who function as clinicians (Physicians, Dentists, Clinical Psychologists, RNs, Physical and Occupational Therapists, Clinical Pharmacists, etc.). Although the main targets are junior, new, or young investigators, established faculty members who are new to research or entering a new field of research will also be considered.

USA Collaborations

Awards for collaborative research in areas of shared interest/strength between UTHSC and other Mid-South universities. Aiming to create a collaborative encompassing each of the six areas of Excellence designated in the Operational Strategic Plan for Research.

UTHSC, Tulane University and University of Mississippi Medical Center - Health Disparities Research:

UTHSC/University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences - Substance Abuse:

UTHSC/University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences - Cancer:

UTHSC/University of Memphis - Adverse Childhood Experiences

Industry Collaborations

Aims to launch drug discovery programs that are based on new and unique biology of disease that will fill significant unmet medical needs.

This initiative should be viewed as much more than a mechanism for seed money for future funding opportunities – it is a unique opportunity for developing a broad collaborative program in drug discovery that will yield the generation of new intellectual property (IP) and patents, and the establishment of new academic-industry partnerships that could lead to the founding of new companies.

UTHSC/Southern Research- Drug Discovery and Development:

Global Collaborations

Awards for collaborative research in areas of shared interest/strength between UTHSC and our global partners.

UTHSC/Harbin Medical University:

UTHSC/West China Hospital- Sichuan University:

  • RFA

    • Recipients Selected: 

      1. “Cell Communication Pathways between Cancer and Mesenchymal Stem Cells”
        Junming Yue, PhD (UTHSC); Wenjing Zhang, MD, PhD (UTHSC); Bingmei Zhu, MD, PhD (WCHSU)

      2. “Reconstitution of CD140b (PDGFR) Using CRISPR/Cas9 in the Adipose Tissue-derived Stem Cells Improves Homing Capacity and Protect Against Retinal Tissue Damage”
        Rajashekhar Gangaraju, PhD (UTHSC); Bingmei Zhu, MD, PhD (WCHSU)

  • 2019 Recipient

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CORNET Symposiums

CORNET Awards Symposiums are held to honor award teams and provide award recipients an opportunity to present their findings and share their discoveries. View sessions from our 2018 Symposium below:

Last Published: Mar 12, 2021