Grants and Contracts

Over the last 10 years, from 2011 to 2021, the Center has been awarded $6.76 million in grants from a variety of private sponsors, as well as from state and federal agencies.

These grants have supported important policy-relevant interdisciplinary research and initiatives on topics as wide-ranging as educational investments in Appalachian coal communities and solar markets, to maritime piracy and rebel group conflict, to substance use disorder and rural health disparities. In addition, the Center makes a concerted effort to provide students, undergraduate and graduate, opportunities to put their education into practice by working as research assistants on these projects.

Contracts are also frequently awarded to the Center's faculty and fellows to complete targeted research on areas of specific interest to sponsors. Some, but not all, of the contracts are included below.

If you have any questions about any of these projects, or if you are interested in partnering with the Center's highly motivated team of experts, please contact the Center at bakercenter@utk.edu.



By Date Awarded


Calibrate and Assist with Implementation of a Used Vehicle Model for the MA3T Model
Sponsor: DOE - ORNL - UT-Battelle - Oak Ridge National Laboratory
PIs: Benjamin Leard and David Greene
Award Period: 4/16/21 to 12/31/22


Maritime Law Enforcement in the Indo-Pacific: Building Capacity to Confront Militia Groups and Maritime Crime
Sponsor: Department of Defense
PI: Brandon Prins
Award Period: 11/20/20 to 11/19/23


Enhance Energy and Environment Microeconomic Simulation Models to Better Inform Decision-Making
Sponsor: Resources for the Future, sub-award from Sloan Foundation
PI: Benjamin Leard
Award Period: 7/2/20 to 9/30/21


Nuclear Security Research

Sponsor: Department of Energy - Y12 - Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC (CNS)

PI: Krista Wiegand

Award Period: 10/1/20 to 9/30/21


Novel Radioactive Materials

Sponsor: Department of Energy - Oak Ridge National Laboratory / UT-Battelle

PI: Deborah Penchoff

Award Period: 9/21/20 to 9/30/23


Vols Vote

Sponsor: Campus Election Engagement Project (CEEP)

PI: Katie Cahill

Award Period: 9/25/20 to 11/15/20


Tennessee Pulse Survey, Tennessee Economic Recovery Group

Sponsor: State of Tennessee

PIs: Matthew Murray, Katie Cahill, and Linda Daugherty

Award Period: 5/01/20 to 12/30/20


State Energy Policy Council

Sponsor: State of Tennessee

PI: Matthew Murray

Award Period: 9/16/19 to 6/30/21


Appalachian Leadership Institute

Sponsor: US - ARC - Appalachian Regional Commission

PIs: Timothy Ezzell and Katie Cahill

Award Period: 10/16/18 - open


Actinium Complexation (for Cancer Treatment)

Sponsor: Department of Energy - Oak Ridge National Laboratory / UT-Battelle

PI: Deborah Penchoff

Award Period: 11/1/19 to 5/31/20


Novel Molecules and Thin Film Materials Containing Radioactive Elements

Sponsor: Department of Energy - Oak Ridge National Laboratory / UT-Battelle

PI: Deborah Penchoff

Award Period: 1/1/20 to 7/31/20


To Conduct an Examination of the Economic Impact of UCOR on The State of Tennessee

Sponsor: DOE - UCOR - URS CH2M Oak Ridge LLC

PI: Matthew N Murray

Award Period: 11/4/19 to 5/11/20


Assistance Designing a Used Vehicle Model for and Developing Methods to Incorporate Loss Aversion into ORNL's MA3T Model

Sponsor: DOE - ORNL - UT-Battelle - Oak Ridge National Laboratory

PI: David Greene

Award Period: 11/4/19 to 10/31/20


Civil Infrastructure Systems (CIS) - Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation

Sponsor: Missouri University of Science and Technology (MST)

PI: Charles Sims

Award Period: 9/1/19 to 8/31/21


Causal Impacts of Coal Employment and Coal Production on Local Funding Support for Elementary and Secondary Education

Sponsor: West Virginia University (WVU)

PI: Matthew Murray

Award Period: 7/1/19 to 9/30/20


University Engagement for Nuclear Nonproliferation Courses

Sponsor: DOE - ORNL - UT-Battelle - Oak Ridge National Laboratory

PI: Matthew Buehler

Award Period: 7/16/18 - open


Healthy Appalachia Study

Sponsor: Remote Area Medical (RAM) with the Trinity Health Foundation

PI: Katie Cahill

Award Period: 1/1/19 to 7/31/21


Hazen, ERC Planning Grant

Sponsor: US - NSF - National Science Foundation

PI: Terry Hazen

Award Period: 5/30/19 - open


Support to NREL's Research and Analysis for the California Energy Commission

Sponsor: DOE - NREL - National Renewable Energy Laboratory

PI: David Greene

Award Period: 9/19/16 to 9/18/19


National Renewable Energy Laboratory Systems Analysis Support

Sponsor: DOE - NREL - National Renewable Energy Laboratory

PI: David Greene

Award Period: 9/19/16 to 9/18/18


Sloan Foundation Energy and Environment program

Sponsor: Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

PI: Charles Sims

Award Period: 1/15/19 to 1/14/21


Issues in Civil Wars Dataset

Sponsor: US - NSF - National Science Foundation

PI: Krista Wiegand

Award Period: 8/15/18 to 7/31/20


Ecosystem Services in the Northern Rockies

Sponsor: USDA - Forest Service - Rocky Mountain Research Station (MRS)

PI: Charles Sims

Award Period: 7/28/16 to 6/1/21


Community-level Management of Human Health Risks from Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) with Defensive Natural Capital Investments

Sponsor: East Carolina University (ECU)

PI: Charles Sims

Award Period: 5/1/18 to 7/31/20

Peacebuilding in Conflict & Post-Conflict Societies

Sponsor: International Studies Association

PI: Krista Wiegand

Award Period: 5/1/18 to 7/31/18


Develop an Asset Mapping of County and Community Resources Available to Address Opioid Abuse for Volunteer Tennessee

Sponsor: Volunteer Tennessee

PI: Katie Cahill

Award Period: 12/20/17 to 3/31/18


Estimating the Impacts of the 2025 Fuel Economy and GHG Standards on the Distribution of Income in the U.S.

Sponsor: Energy Foundation

PI: David Greene

Award Period: 11/1/16 to 5/31/17


Oak Ridge National Laboratory University Engagement for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Safeguards Courses at the University of Tennessee, Howard H. Baker Center for Public Policy

Sponsor: DOE - ORNL - UT-Battelle - Oak Ridge National Laboratory

PI: Matthew Buehler

Award Period: 8/3/17 to 9/30/20


Vehicle Markets and Oil Dependence

Sponsor: DOE - ORNL - UT-Battelle - Oak Ridge National Laboratory

PI: David Greene

Award Period: 6/29/17 to 6/15/18


UTIA Subcontract USDA-AFRI 2017

Sponsor: USDA - NIFA - National Institute of Food and Agriculture

PI: Paul Armsworth

Award Period: 5/22/17 - open


To Quantify the Economic Value of Protected Open Space in the Cumberland Region

Sponsor: Cumberland Region Tomorrow

PI: Charles Sims

Award Period: 4/1/17 to 12/31/17


An Economic Analysis of the Coal Industry Ecosystem in Appalachia

Sponsor: West Virginia University (WVU)

PI: Matthew Murray

Award Period: 10/1/16 to 12/31/17


Crime in Civil Conflict

Sponsor: DOD - Navy - ONR - Office of Naval Research

PI: Brandon Prins

Award Period: 9/1/16 to 8/31/17


Reconciling Methods for Measuring US Oil Dependence

Sponsor: DOE - ORNL - UT-Battelle - Oak Ridge National Laboratory

PI: Charles Sims

Award Period: 6/29/16 to 12/31/16


A Hedonic Analysis of the Economic Value of Open Space in Tennessee

Sponsor: Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations

PI: Matthew Murray

Award Period: 4/1/16 to 8/31/16


Economic Analysis of the Effects of the CAFE/GHG Standards for Light-Duty Vehicles on the Distribution of Income in the U.S.

Sponsor: Energy Foundation

PI: David Greene

Award Period: 3/1/16 to 8/31/16


Decomposition Analysis of the Effects of the CAFE/GHG Standards for Light-Duty Vehicles on the Distribution of Income in the U.S.

Sponsor: DOE - ORNL - UT-Battelle - Oak Ridge National Laboratory

PI: David Greene

Award Period: 2/16/16 to 9/30/16


Apex Clean Energy Project

Sponsor: Apex Clean Energy

PI: Matthew Murray

Award Period: 12/10/15 to 2/29/16s


Predicting Fuel Economy to Support Vehicle Purchasing Decisions

Sponsor: DOE - ORNL - UT-Battelle - Oak Ridge National Laboratory

PI: David Greene

Award Period: 7/14/14 to 3/31/16


Political Reach, State Fragility, and the Incidence of Maritime Piracy: Explaining Piracy and Pirate Organization, 1993-2012

Sponsor: DOD - Navy - ONR - Office of Naval Research

PI: Brandon Prins

Award Period: 11/1/13 to 8/31/16


To Conduct an Examination of the Economic Impact of UCOR on Anderson, Knox, and Roane Counties and the State of Tennessee

Sponsor: DOE - UCOR - URS CH2M Oak Ridge LLC

PI: Matthew Murray

Award Period: 5/4/15 to 10/15/15


Technical Support to Enhance the LAVE-Trans Model and Estimate Costs of Oil Dependence

Sponsor: DOE - ORNL - UT-Battelle - Oak Ridge National Laboratory

PI: David Greene

Award Period: 2/16/15 to 9/30/15


A Course on Arms Control, Nuclear Non-proliferation, and Nuclear Safeguards

Sponsor: DOE - ORNL - UT-Battelle - Oak Ridge National Laboratory

PI: Brandon Prins

Award Period: 1/9/14 to 6/30/15


Planning Tools for Deployment of Alternative Fuels Infratructure

Sponsor: DOE - ORNL - UT-Battelle - Oak Ridge National Laboratory

PI: David Greene

Award Period: 10/17/14 to 6/30/15


To Examine Coal Mining and Tourism as Engines of Economic Development for Tennessee

Sponsor: Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation

PI: Matthew Murray

Award Period: 8/1/14 to 12/31/14


Economic Impact on the State of Tennessee of The Uranium Processing Facility

Sponsor: DOE - Y12 - BWXT Y-12

PI: Matthew Murray

Award Period: 5/28/14 to 10/31/14


Technical Support to Enhancement and Use of the Oil Security Metrics Model

Sponsor: DOE - ORNL - UT-Battelle - Oak Ridge National Laboratory

PI: David Greene

Award Period: 5/7/14 to 9/30/14


What is Happening in the World? Reviews of Community-Based Best Practices

Sponsor: Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations

PI: Bruce Tonn

Award Period: 5/1/14 to 2/28/15


Energy Data Collection and Performance Calculation

Sponsor: Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation

PI: Sally Peretz

Award Period: 1/1/14 to 5/31/14


Technical Review of Clean Cities' Electric Vehicle Community Readiness Projects

Sponsor: DOE - ORNL - UT-Battelle - Oak Ridge National Laboratory

PI: Nissa Dahlin-Brown

Award Period: 3/7/13 to 7/1/13


Tennessee Solar Summit

Sponsor: Pathway Lending

PI: Sally Peretz

Award Period: 4/10/13 to 4/11/13


ARRA: Electric Vehicle Symposium

Sponsor: Pathway Lending

PI: David Greene

Award Period: 4/1/13 to 5/31/13


The ICCT e-Drive Model: Phase 3

Sponsor: The International Council on Clean Transportation

PI: David Greene

Award Period: 11/30/12 to 7/31/13


Matching Funds for Rooftop Solar Challenge: Inducing Market Transformation in Tennessee

Sponsor: US - OIG - TVA - Tennessee Valley Authority

PI: Bruce Tonn

Award Period: 2/15/12 to 2/14/13


Distinguished Fellow on Energy Policy

Sponsor: DOE - ORNL - UT-Battelle - Oak Ridge National Laboratory

PI: Alan Lowe and Robert Shelton

Award Period: 7/18/07 to 7/17/12


The ICCT e-Drive Model: Phase 2

Sponsor: International Council On Clean Transportation

PI: David Greene

Award Period: 12/15/11 to 12/31/12


Assessment of Incentives and Employment Impacts of Solar Industry Deployment

Sponsor: Solar Energy Industries Assoc

PI: Carl Pierce

Award Period: 9/1/11 to 11/15/11


US-European Summit on Science, Technology, Innovation, and Sustainable Economic Growth

Sponsor: DOE - ORNL - UT-Battelle - Oak Ridge National Laboratory

PI: Robert Shelton

Award Period: 3/23/11 to 9/30/12


Estimating the Costs and Benefits of Motor Vehicle Electrification in California

Sponsor: International Council On Clean Transportation

PI: David Greene

Award Period: 8/6/10 to 8/31/11


Knox County Election Commission: College Student Poll Worker Program

Sponsor: US - EAC - Election Assistance Commission

PI: Nissa Dahlin-Brown

Award Period: 6/16/10 to 6/16/13


Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from U.S. Transportation

Sponsor: The Pew Charitable Trusts

PI: David Greene

Award Period: 1/1/10 to 12/31/10


Congressionally-Directed Grant for the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy

Sponsor: ED - US Dept. of Education

PI: Nissa Dahlin-Brown

Award Period: 11/5/08 to 9/30/12


Civic Education - Community Enhancement Grant

Sponsor: State of Tennessee

PI: Nissa Dahlin-Brown

Award Period: 10/1/07 to 12/31/08


Convenience Voting: A Model Program to Change the Way We Vote

Sponsor: The Pew Charitable Trusts

PI: Alan Lowe

Award Period: 10/1/07 to 3/31/08


A Study Of Local Government Structure, Practice And Performance In The United States

Sponsor: Seven Island Foundation

PI: Michael Fitzgerald

Award Period: 5/1/07 to 8/1/07


NEH Grant REF: PA-51625-06

Sponsor: US - NEH - National Endowment for the Humanities

PI: Alan Lowe

Award Period: 1/1/06 to 12/31/06


Institute on Teaching of Congress & the Presidency

Sponsor: Cornerstone Foundation

PI: Alan Lowe

Award Period: 3/15/05 to 6/10/05


Expanding the Issue Correlates of War(ICOW) Dataset

Sponsor: University of North Texas (UNT)

PI: Krista Wiegand

Award Period: 1/1/16 to 12/31/18


Research and Analysis for Hydrogen Systems and Vehicle Technologies

Sponsor: DOE - SC - ANL - Argonne National Lab

PI: David Greene

Award Period: 10/1/03 to 7/31/20


Rooftop Solar Challenge: Inducing Market Transformation in Tennessee

Sponsor: DOE - US Dept. of Energy

PI: DOE - US Dept. of Energy

Award Period: 2/15/12 to 8/31/13


White Paper on Alternative Fuels Infrastructure in Support of DOE Quadrennial Energy Review

Sponsor: DOE - ORNL - UT-Battelle - Oak Ridge National Laboratory

PI: David Greene

Award Period: 5/27/14 to 9/30/14