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Research Centers and Institutes

The UT research enterprise is built upon a foundation of collaboration by bringing together faculty and students from different intellectual pursuits to collaborate on inherently complex and interdisciplinary challenges. UT researchers, staff, and students work across disciplines to extend the boundaries of knowledge and tackle  problems facing societies at local, national, and global scales.

The continuing excellence of UT research efforts is tied to the ability to sustain a rich variety of highly successful research institutes. Discover the ways UT scholars are advancing the fields of engineering, life sciences, physics, and mathematics.

Research Institutes

UT Space Institute aerial photograph
University of Tennessee Space Institute (UTSI)
UTSI is internationally recognized for contributions in the fields of engineering, physics, mathematics, and aviation systems.
Plant sciences researchers in the lab
University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture (UTIA)
UTIA provides Real. Life. Solutions. to some of society’s most pressing issues, serving Tennessee citizens and beyond.

closeup of equipment in nuclear engineering lab
University of Tennessee-Oak Ridge Innovation Institute (UT-ORII)
The institute addresses top-tier industry and workforce needs emerging from the introduction of automation and artificial intelligence.
UT scientist doing experiment with elementary school student
National Institute for STEM Evaluation and Research (NISER)
NISER provides quality evaluation services to funded projects in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) research and education sectors.

Institute for Advanced Materials and Manufacturing (IAMM)
IAMM is a global leader in materials and manufacturing research and innovation.

Research Centers

Campus Level Research Centers

The Provost provides direct oversight of the following programs.

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.