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. 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 works to help move ideas to the marketplace.

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<<

U.S. Patents Recently Issued

A list of recently issued UTRF U.S. patents.

UTRF Start-ups

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<<

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<<

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<<