Investing in Collaborative Research

A Tennessee Center of Excellence since 1984, the Science Alliance is the longest continually operating organization facilitating collaborations between the University of Tennessee (UT) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Recognizing a shared focus on expanding joint research and development between ORNL and UT’s faculty and graduate students, the Science Alliance fully integrated into the UT-Oak Ridge Innovation Institute (UT-ORII) in 2022.

  • Distinguished Scientists
  • Student Mentoring and Research Training (SMaRT)
  • Graduate Advancement, Training and Education (GATE)
  • Support for Affiliated Research Teams (StART)
  • Program for Advancing Collaborative Teams (PACT)

The Science Alliance was established in 1984 to improve selected science programs at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and to increase collaboration between the university and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).

  • $2 million annually in direct support to UT faculty and graduate students for joint UT-ORNL research
  • Funding for ~150 graduate students
  • StART grants to help faculty members early in their career foster relationships with ORNL to the new Faculty Fellows program that supports developed UT-ORNL collaborations