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.

UTRF History

The UT Research Foundation is believed to be the second-oldest university research foundation in the country. 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. READ MORE<<

UTRF Details

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. READ MORE<<

Annual Report

Reporting information for the fiscal year. READ MORE<<

Board of Directors and Officers

UTRF’s current Board of Directors and Officers. READ MORE<<


The UTRF Internship Program provides graduate students the opportunity to assist our licensing professionals in commercializing UT inventions. Commercialization Analysts assist in the evaluation, marketing and licensing of cutting-edge technology developed at the University.  READ MORE<<

Other Areas

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. In this section, find out about all of our other projects such as Genera Energy,TENNERA, West Tennessee Solar Farm, Cherokee Farm, Asset-TN, IACMI and others.  READ MORE<<