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Discovery. Innovation. Collaboration.

At the University of Tennessee—the state’s flagship land-grant institution and premier public research university—thousands of world-class faculty, staff, students, and partners conduct research, scholarship, and creative work at the forefront of knowledge, unlocking solutions to complex challenges and serving the people of Tennessee and communities far beyond.

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The success of UT’s research enterprise depends on the efforts of the entire university community—individuals, teams, centers, and institutes. Collaborative, interdisciplinary research initiatives harness the creativity and ingenuity of faculty, staff, and students in all 11 colleges, two university-level research centers, (Baker Center for Public Policy and Humanities Center), and four university-level research institutes, including the Institute of Agriculture, Space Institute, Oak Ridge Innovation Institute, and National Institute for STEM Evaluation and Research—with plans to add a fifth institute in 2021 which will harness the talent and deepen the impact of UT’s advanced materials and manufacturing community.

Our research community translates the outcomes they generate into effective use, leveraging the network and capabilities of UT Extension, with offices in each of Tennessee’s ninety-five counties; the Institute for Public Service provides technical and other services to corporate and community clients throughout the state; the Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, a business and non-profit accelerator that equips current and future generations of UT entrepreneurs and innovators with the knowledge they need to succeed; the Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research studies national and state economic trends for UT, state agencies, and public and private organizations, and analyzes and disseminates data on the demography and economy of Tennessee; ORIED’s Corporate Engagement team helps form and nurture university-industry partnerships; ORIED’s Economic Development team helps co-locate our research teams with their external partners to speed the path to commercialization; and numerous other programs and activities that create value in the innovation ecosystems in which we participate.

Put the power of UT research to work for you!

Whether you are interested in venture development with our UT research community, using our shared research resources, or just want to learn more about UT’s research enterprise, see how you can connect to the UT community.

UT’s strength resides within the ability to create collaborative and interdisciplinary research teams that unlocks answers to complex global challenges.


A vibrant research culture encourages graduate students as they work to expand the university’s portfolio of scholarship and creative activity.