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Research Centers & Institutes

The following centers, institutes, and bureaus are the research, service, education, and resource centers at UT Knoxville that have been approved and are reviewed by a process in partnership with the UT Faculty Senate Research Council. Some newer centers have not yet established web sites. Contact the Office of Research & Engagement for more information.

Campus-Level Research Centers and Institutes

Office of the Chancellor

The Chancellor provides direct oversight of the following programs.

Office of Research & Engagement

The Vice Chancellor for Research & Engagement provides direct oversight of the following research centers, which involve disciplines (and therefore faculty and staff) representing several colleges or schools at UT.

Joint Institutes with Oak Ridge National Laboratory

College-Based Centers and Institutes

The respective dean of each college provides direct oversight of the following research centers.

College of Architecture and Design

College of Arts and Sciences

College of Business Administration

College of Communications

College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences

College of Engineering

College of Law

College of Social Work

UT Institute of Agriculture Centers

For a complete list, visit the UTIA Centers page. (Note: these organizations do not report to UT Knoxville Administration)

Creating a New Center or Institute

Generally, a center or institute is a non-degree granting unit engaged in research/scholarship; education/instruction; and/or clinical, outreach, or related service that advances UT’s mission and achieves positive impact at a scale that would not be possible for one individual faculty member acting alone or a group of faculty members acting independently. When other organizational structures such as academic units and existing programs cannot adequately support the synergy needed to achieve shared goals, the development of a center will be considered in partnership with the leadership or the participating academic units. Centers or institutes are often faculty-led and typically unite multiple disciplines around an interdisciplinary topic.

College Based Centers vs. Campus-level Centers and Institutes

Centers and institutes whose primary participants are housed within the same college are considered college-based centers or institutes that report to college administration. College-based centers or institutes may or may not receive support from ORE and the participating academic units. Centers and institutes that receive ORE support will be reviewed by ORE in coordination with Research Council during that support period and for two years after the support has ended to assess the impact of the ORE investment. Centers and institutes that include significant partnerships across colleges are considered campus-level centers or institutes that report to the Office of Research and Engagement. Campus-level centers or institutes may or may not receive support from ORE. Campus-level centers will be reviewed by ORE in coordination with Research Council.

For information about creating a new center, institute or bureau, download the Center Establishment Criteria and Request Form (PDF) and Center Strategic Plan Template.

All established research centers and institutes are reviewed on a regular basis. For information about the review process for centers, download the Center Review Process.

The following documents are available to aid in the review process:

College-base Center or Institutes should contact their Dean and/or Associate Dean for Research to understand the reporting requirements specific to their college

Center Reviews

All established research centers and institutes are reviewed on a regular basis. The following documents are available to aid in the review process.

Centers in Other Units

The following programs are officially recognized service centers and institutes.