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
The UT Research Park team is dedicated to helping both established companies and entrepreneurs forge successful collaborations with the University of Tennessee. With our strong ties to university leadership, faculty and students, we’re able to help connect your new ideas or current challenges to the correct solution.
President & CEO
Vice President of Business Development
Director of the Spark Innovation Center
Co-Founder and Lead Advisor, Spark Innovation Center
Marketing and Administrative Coordinator
Board of Directors
Assistant Vice President of Research, Outreach, & Economic Development, University of Tennessee System
Vice President of Enterprise Relations and Innovation, Tennessee Valley Authority
President, University of Tennessee Research Foundation
Chairman & CEO, The Trust Company
At the University of Tennessee, researchers imagine the possibilities and work to solve the world’s most complex problems with innovative solutions. The university has helped Tennessee become a world leader in renewable energy, and the University of Tennessee Research Park at Cherokee Farm is a catalyst to continue to move the university, state and country forward in multiple areas of research, including materials science, high-speed computing, agriculture and biotechnology.
UT Research Park – a partnership with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) – provides private industry with access to excellent faculty and researchers, as well as world-class resources in a scenic location with a dynamic workforce.
Join us in imagining the possibilities by partnering with the UT Research Park at Cherokee Farm.
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), jointly managed by the University of Tennessee and Battelle, provides exceptional researchers with sophisticated equipment and unique facilities to solve some of the nation’s most compelling challenges.
As the largest U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) open science laboratory, ORNL’s mission is to deliver scientific discoveries and technical breakthroughs that accelerate the development and deployment of solutions in clean energy and global security while creating economic opportunities for the nation.
ORNL scientists find creative ways to bring open science capabilities to industry, providing ready access to an array of tools, processes and research expertise difficult to find at any other single institution in the world.
The lab, a 30-minute drive from Knoxville, creates and deploys multidisciplinary and multi-institutional teams whose efforts transform fundamental research into new technologies and applications. Signature strengths in neutron scattering, high-performance computing, advanced materials and nuclear science and engineering are the foundation for a broad research and development portfolio.
ORNL has a staff of 4,900, including scientists and engineers in over 100 disciplines working within a $1.8 billion annual budget. We host 3,300 users and 1,500 visiting scientists every year. Since 2004, we’ve had 947 patents issued and have 168 active licenses as of September 2018.
East Tennessee has something to offer everyone.
When we’re not cheering on the Vols or performing billions of calculations each second on the world’s most powerful supercomputer, we have an assortment of engaging pursuits and plenty of affordable family-friendly activities to keep us busy.
From an abundance of outdoor activities, including hiking and water sports, to world-renowned music and festivals and a thriving arts and maker community to a foodie’s paradise – East Tennessee boasts a beautiful and eclectic mix of down-to-earth sophistication.