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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

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University of Tennessee Space Institute (UTSI)
UTSI is internationally recognized for contributions in the fields of engineering, physics, mathematics, and aviation systems. Learn more.
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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. Learn more.

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University of Tennessee Oak Ridge Innovation Institute (UT-ORII)
The UT-Oak Ridge Innovation Institute addresses top-tier industry and workforce needs emerging from the introduction of automation and artificial intelligence. Learn More
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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. Learn More

Research Centers

Campus Level Research Centers

The Chancellor provides direct oversight of the following programs.

  • The Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy
  • Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education

Office of Research, Innovation &  Economic Development Research Centers

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

  • Center for Environmental Biotechnology
  • National Institute for STEM Evaluation and Research (NISER)
  • Science Alliance
  • UT-ORNL Innovation Institute

Joint Institutes with Oak Ridge National Laboratory

  • Joint Institute for Advanced Materials
  • Joint Institute for Computational Sciences
  • National Institute for Computational Sciences
  • Joint Institute for Nuclear Physics and Applications
  • Shull Wollan Center – a Joint Institute for Neutron Sciences

College-Based Centers and Institutes

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

  • Institute for Smart Structures

  • Center for the Study of Social Justice
  • Center for the Study of War and Society
  • Forensic Anthropology Center
  • Humanities Center
  • Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS)
  • Planetary Geosciences Institute
  • Plant Research Center
  • The Institute for Environmental Modeling

  • Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research
  • Construction Industry Research and Policy Center
  • Neel Corporate Governance Center
  • Global Supply Chain Institute

  • Center for Information and Communication Studies

  • Center for Children’s & Young Adult Literature
  • Center for Educational Leadership
  • Center for Enhancing Education of Mathematics and Sciences
  • Center for Literacy, Education, and Employment
  • Center for Sport, Peace, and Society
  • Center on Deafness
  • College Access and Persistence Services Outreach Center (CAPS)
  • Culinary Institute
  • Early Learning Center
  • Korn Learning, Assessment, and Social Skills Center (KLASS)
  • Postsecondary Education Research Center
  • Rocky Top Institute

  • Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution
  • Institute for Professional Leadership
  • Clayton Center for Entrepreneurial Law

  • Center for Behavioral Health Research
  • Social Work Office of Research and Public Service

  • Aviation Sustainability Center (ASCENT)
  • Center for Renewable Carbon
  • UT Arboretum

  • Highland Rim
  • Middle Tennessee—Spring Hill
  • Middle Tennessee—Lewisburg
  • Milan
  • Plateau
  • West Tennessee
  • Northeast Tennessee
  • Forest Resources
  • East Tennessee
  • Ames