The University of Tennessee is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a Research University (very high research activity), placing it in the highest ranks of all colleges and universities in the country. Research activities magnify the university’s educational mission and enhance its state, national, and international public service role.

University of Tennessee research encompasses programs on the flagship campus in Knoxville as well as initiatives of the Institute of Agriculture, the Institute for Public Service, the Health Science Center in Memphis, and the Space Institute in Tullahoma.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and the University of Tennessee at Martin also are active in research and other sponsored programs that provide strong regional impact.

The university has collaborative relationships with public and private agencies including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Battelle Memorial Institute (forming UT-Battelle), St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and the Memphis Biotech Foundation.