CURENT Center for Ultra-Wide-Area Resilient Electric Energy Transmission Networks, is a National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center that is jointly supported by NSF (National Science Foundation) and the DoE (Department of Energy). A collaboration between academia, industry, and national laboratories, CURENT is led by the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

The Bredesen Center

The Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education unites resources and capabilities from the University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory to promote advanced research and to provide innovative solutions to global challenges in energy, engineering and computation.


The Institute of Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation, or IACMI, will provide nationwide open access to a network existing shared research, development and demonstration facilities of premier universities and national laboratories located near targeted industry partners. IACMI will offer a rich network of advanced composite resources through partners in Colorado, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee.

ORNL/Joint Institutes

Oak Ridge National Laboratories – ORNL is one of only seven DOE national labs whose managing partners includes a university, putting UT in a prestigious category with the University of California, Stanford, Princeton, Stony Brook University, Iowa State University, and the University of Chicago.

UT and ORNL bring together world-class students, faculty, researchers, and research infrastructure. The UT ORNL agreement provides joint operation for several institutes including:

UT Institute of Agriculture Research

The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture’s AgResearch unit harnesses the creative energy of 130 Ph.D. faculty, specialized staff and gifted graduate students to make the agricultural, forest, and ornamental industries more efficient, improve the quality of rural life, and conserve soil, water, air, and wildlife through basic and applied research programs.

UT Knoxville Office of Undergraduate Research

The UT Knoxville Office of Undergraduate Research works with undergraduate students in the pursuit of research opportunities.

UT Knoxville Office of Research and Engagement

The UT Knoxville Office of Research and Engagement supports faculty and students in their research endeavors by providing resources to assist in identifying research funding, facilitating proposal processing and submission; reviewing, negotiating and accepting contracts, and managing awards.

UT Research Foundation

The University of Tennessee Research Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that promotes the commercialization of UT intellectual property, encourages an entrepreneurial culture, contributes to state and regional economic development, and promotes research and education to benefit the people of Tennessee and beyond. While UTRF is a separate entity from UT, it provides assistance and resources to the research activities of faculty, staff and students of the UT system (Knoxville campus, including UT Institute of Agriculture and UT Graduate School of Medicine; and the campuses of Chattanooga, Martin Tullahoma and Memphis). Select UT inventions and products are aided in the progression from the laboratory to the public. Proceeds from licensing such discoveries are used to enhance ongoing research at UT. UTRF frequently partners with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the State of Tennessee for various research and education initiatives.

UT Space Institute

The UT Space Institute has been focused on research for more than 40 years. The institutions current work revolves around active programs in aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, physics, aviation systems, engineering management, and a variety of other activities.