Convergent Research Initiatives

The University of Tennessee-Oak Ridge Innovation Institute (UT-ORII) was created to strategically align ORNL and UT expertise and infrastructure in research and graduate education. A core pillar of UT-ORII’s approach is support for Convergent Research Initiatives (CRIs), within which a concerted investment is made to support UT and ORNL’s collaborative work in emerging areas of strength for the combined institutions.

UT and ORNL researchers are working together to advance research and discovery in four important areas:

“By having these kinds of convergent teams where we have 20, 30 or 40 people that are working in an area, we can really make progress in tackling big issues for our state and nation. That’s exciting and demonstrates why UT-ORII was created.”
UT-ORII Director David Sholl

Convergent Research Initiative (CRI) Pilot Funding

The purpose of CRI pilot funding is to initiate and establish collaborations within CRI communities that will enable future successful collaborative funding applications and jumpstart work with newly recruited convergent research initiative investigators.