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UT Core Facilities Program

The UT Core Facilities are shared resources, available to all researchers, often on a fee for service basis. These facilities offer access to high-end instrumentation, technical support, and expert consultation to the University of Tennessee research community and, in many cases, to external customers as well.

These facilities are independently managed, but receive recognition and support from the Office of Research and Engagement and are vital to enhancing both the visibility and research portfolio of the university.  Our core directors and technical staff are experts in their respective disciplines and are available for project consultation and data analysis.

How to Contact a UT Core Facility

While the Office of Research and Engagement website provides a central hub for locating individual cores, the facilities are independently operated. Contact the facility director or manager using the information found on the facility pages. Information on fees and service rates may be found on the individual websites as well.

For External Clients

Many of our core facilities provide services to both external academic and industrial clients. Please see the individual facility websites and contact the facility managers regarding the availability of services and pricing.

How to Reference a UT Core Facility

If using core facilities at the University of Tennessee, please remember that in many cases our faculty and staff may act in a collaborative role within a given project.  Please recognize the contributions of key UT Core Facilities personnel as either collaborators or with acknowledgement of the facility when preparing articles for publication.


The UT Core Facility Program (UTCFP) was established by the Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Development (AVCRD) in 2014. The AVCRD works closely with the UTCFP Director, Jonathan Phipps, to establish program needs and guide strategic growth of the University’s resources.

The AVCRD has appointed a Core Facilities Advisory Committee to provide recommendations regarding the UTCFP and individual UT Core Facilities.  Recommendations may include the addition of new UT Core Facilities (UTCFs), whether to invest in developing or sustaining UTCFs, and ultimately whether to sunset an individual UTCF. The CFAC is comprised of faculty and staff that are nominated by peers from a variety of disciplines, and are experts in their respective fields. Members serve for three-year terms and is chaired by Shawn Campagna.