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Mission and Responsibilities

The University of Tennessee’s flagship campus in Knoxville boasts a vigorous research agenda engaging scholars and students with expertise in issues vital to local and global interests. UT is the hub of a vibrant research community that includes Oak Ridge National Laboratory and other University of Tennessee System campuses and institutes.

UT’s Office of Research and Engagement drives the campus research enterprise by providing technical expertise in proposal development, faculty development, sponsored programs administration and compliance requirements. The office assists with identifying external funding opportunities and administering internal funding programs. It is also responsible for managing Cayuse SP, the electronic research administration system.

An increasingly significant function of the office is encouraging and facilitating undergraduate students to become actively involved in research.

UT faculty, staff, and students involved in research projects and other sponsored programs should use this site as the primary resource for information and assistance with grants and contracts, compliance, and other technical and administrative matters.


The mission of the Office of Research and Engagement is to enable all faculty, other investigators, and students to achieve their full potential as scholars.

ORE facilitates the university’s research mission by:

  • Assisting faculty in securing sponsorships for research, creative, and scholarly activities.
  • Promoting research as a way to enrich teaching and service at the university and to enhance the social and economic environment of the region and the state.
  • Extending the protection of relevant legal, ethical, and safety standards and regulations to faculty, staff, students, research subjects, and the public.
  • Ensuring that all research agreements protect the legal, fiscal, and programmatic interests of the university.
  • Sharing information appropriately with the general public and with targeted internal and external interest groups about the university’s research accomplishments and needs.
  • Supports engagement and outreach efforts of the campus community


ORE administers UT’s research activities and provides selected services to other System locations. The office

  • Handles grants and contracts review for faculty UT researchers.
  • Oversees various programs that provide research incentives to faculty and students under the authority of the chancellor. The office also oversees internal reviews for proposals that might be competitive for the entire UT System.
  • Supervises compliance with all relevant regulations and guidelines for UT and the UT Institute of Agriculture. These regulations apply not only to faculty doing research but to students and staff involved in certain research projects.
  • Provides information about research opportunities to the UT System through its membership in the Pivot online data base.
  • Maintains and disseminates summary data on research awards and accomplishments for the university.

The office also works closely with the University of Tennessee Research Foundation, a private, not-for-profit foundation designed to support faculty research and entrepreneurship in an environment that blends academic and business values.