Working with UTRF: Everything starts with the inventors working in labs, clinics, greenhouses, offices and classrooms throughout UT. From our offices in Knoxville and Memphis, the UT Research Foundation (UTRF) serves as a bridge between these researchers and industry, entrepreneurs and investors. UTRF facilitates the transfer of inventions to the private sector, providing public benefit of new products which are the result of academic-research funding. This creates new jobs and new companies that boost the economy, and it also produces income for the inventors and the university.

Technology Transfer Process

Our UTRF licensing staff can walk you through the Technology Transfer process and answer your questions.


Do you have questions about working with UTRF? We have compiled answers to some of the most common questions.

Invention Disclosure Form

Start here by submitting an invention disclosure form. Additional forms include the material transfer agreements.

UTRF Grant Programs

Learn about UTRF’s programs to directly support the research and development of promising inventions.


Informational resources, including presentations and videos by UTRF and UTRF sponsored speakers.

Patenting & Public Disclosure

Learn about the United States patent system and the effect of public disclosure on patenting.

UT & UTRF Policies

A useful compilation of UT policies, including the Intellectual Property policy and the Revenue Sharing Policy.


Inventions may be transformed into a number of successful enterprises. UTRF has programs in place to assist with start ups.