UTRF promotes the commercialization of UT intellectual property and encourages an entrepreneurial culture.
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.
UTRF works to help move ideas to the marketplace. 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, including campuses in Knoxville, Chattanooga, and Martin, the Health Science Center in Memphis, the state-wide Institute of Agriculture, the UT Space Institute in Tullahoma, and the UT Institute of Public Service.
UTRF is authorized to form and participate in Tennessee legal entities, in order to promote and carry out UT’s research-generated technology. It’s not an agency, department or arm of the state. UTRF may contract for services of UT employees.
Originally created in 1935 as the UT Research Corporation, and reorganized in 2003 as the UT Research Foundation, the organization has expanded from primarily promoting agricultural inventions in the 1930s to a broad range of modern research, including biology, chemistry, pharmaceuticals and alternative energy.
UTRF’s current Board of Directors and Officers.
Reporting information for the fiscal year.
UTRF provides students the opportunity to assist our technology managers in commercializing UT inventions as a Commercialization Analyst, serve as a legal extern alongside our staff attorney, or learn with UTRF as part of a pharmacy student rotation.
A list of recently issued UTRF U.S. patents.
In addition to our traditional work in intellectual property licensing, UTRF also serves as the umbrella organization for a variety of additional projects that add to our overall economic development efforts.