Your gateway to collaboration with the University of Tennessee

The University of Tennessee Research Park at Cherokee Farm is located just across the Tennessee River from UT’s flagship campus in Knoxville. We offer an ideal location for companies and entrepreneurs to collaborate with the talent at UT, and we provide the right connections to foster success. Contact us today to learn more about our facilities, tools and services.

The university's Innovation Gateways include:

  • Advanced Materials and Manufacturing
  • Future Mobility
  • Energy and Environment
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Human Health and Wellness


$339 million UT research expenditures (FY23)


36,000+ students at UT Knoxville


Average weighted GPA 4.19


365,000 SF built or under construction


15 Park tenantsĀ  800+ Employees

Hotel & Conference Center

Request for Proposals

Hotel RFP Document and attachments



RFP Amendment 1

Revision to Parcel's That Can Be Developed

The Cherokee Farm Development Corporation (“CFDC”) has issued this Request for Proposals (“RFP”) to define leasing requirements; solicit proposals; detail proposal requirements; and outline CFDC’s process for evaluating proposals and selecting a Proposer to enter into an agreement to lease the Leased Premises to design, construct, operate, and maintain the Hotel and Conference Center Development.

Phase 1 - Includes an initial response from proposers providing information on qualifications, experience, financial capability, preliminary schedule, and conceptual design.

  • Completed

Phase 2 - Includes the submittal of a more detailed program and site plan, refined schedule, and operating and financial plan including rent or other consideration to CFDC. 


  • May 29th - Completed In-Person Interviews with Phase II Proposers 
  • June 28th Distributed Additional Questions following Interviews 
  • July 8th -  Begin Lease Negotions with Selected Proposer
  • Aug. 2nd - CFDC, UTK, UTRF Board Approvals
  • Aug. 16th - Approvals from Chancellor and UT System President
  • Aug. 19th CFDC Notice of Intent to Award Issued
  • Aug. 20th - Circulation of Lease Agreement to Proposer for Signature 
  • Aug. 27th - Circulation of Lease Agreement for Landlord Signature

Phase 3 – Includes the finalist negotiation with the best evaluated proposer.

  • TBD
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How can UT Research Park help your company succeed?

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Greenways and Cherokee Landing

Outdoor enthusiasts will love UT Research Park. All are welcome to visit the park to enjoy the beautiful green spaces and archaeological preserve. Walk or jog the 2.2-mile section of greenway along the shoreline of Cherokee Farm, which connects to the Neyland Greenway and downtown Knoxville. Our partnership with Legacy Parks Foundation will provide even more green reasons to visit and do business here.

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Partners in the park

UT Research Park hosts a steadily growing number of partner companies leveraging their presence in the park to forge stronger collaborations with the University of Tennessee.

Current partners