Our Research and Engagement Plan
Our research distinguishes us from other universities, and our success in exploring a wide array of topics is dependent on funding. We’ve made significant progress on our journey in two key research metrics—federal research expenditures and total research expenditures—numbers generated by the National Science Foundation.
Readers should note that the research expenditures represented on this page reflect the Knoxville area, including the UT Institute of Agriculture. Since this area is integrated into the main campus organization at most target peers, the definition allows for a closer comparison. Also note that there is significant lag in the reporting done by the National Science Foundation’s Higher Education Research and Development Survey. As a result, our 2010 baseline data is that reported by NSF for FY2008.
Partnerships are crucial to our continued success in this priority area. The Office of Research and Engagement is committed to maintaining and improving existing partnerships with external partners, such as Oak Ridge National Laboratory, while exploring new opportunities. We also continue to further on-campus partnerships, such as those between academic colleges. Interdisciplinary projects allow us to maximize existing talent and expertise to further our research capacity, outreach, and public reputation.
Engagement is foundational to our role as a public research university. In January 2015, UT Knoxville and the UT Institute of Agriculture earned the 2015 Carnegie Community Engagement Classification for collaborating with community partners to address society’s most pressing needs.