Get Involved

The Office of Corporate and Foundation Engagement (OCFE) serve as the single, visible point of entry or ‘front door’ for companies, foundations, and industry professionals seeking access to university resources. OCFE coordinates the University’s industry and foundation relationships from one centralized office; by leveraging efforts to enhance innovation and transform partnerships, and provide a simplified approach for corporations and foundations to access campus research and faculty expertise. OCFE strives to create and expand partnerships with industry and foundations by linking business needs to university resources.

We work with industry and foundations to:

  • Map the university’s capabilities
  • Leverage campus relationships through trusted connections with faculty
  • Work with key research faculty to craft strategic plans
  • Identify potential key corporate and foundation partners
  • Articulate a value proposition (“what’s in it for you?”)
  • Collaborate with cross-campus colleagues
  • Help faculty navigate IP issues (likewise, we help corporations and foundations as well)
  • Guide faculty on presentations and provide templates and suggestions for better preparing for visits
  • Conduct internal audits among faculty to build a catalog of opportunities and ‘hot spots’

Opportunities to get involved include:


The University of Tennessee’s flagship campus in Knoxville boasts a vigorous research agenda engaging scholars and students with expertise in issues vital to local and global interests. UT Knoxville is the hub of a vibrant research community that includes Oak Ridge National Laboratory and other University of Tennessee System campuses and institutes.

The UT Knoxville Office of Research & Engagement drives the campus research enterprise by providing technical expertise in proposal development, faculty development, and sponsored programs administration and compliance requirements. The office assists with identifying external funding opportunities and administering internal funding programs. It is also responsible for managing TERA, the electronic research administration system.

An increasingly significant function of the office is encouraging and facilitating undergraduate students to become actively involved in research.

UT Knoxville faculty, staff, and students involved in research projects and other sponsored programs should use this site as the primary resource for information and assistance with grants and contracts, compliance, and other technical and administrative matters.

The Office of Research has compiled this catalog to help promote the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, as a premier research institution. The catalog can be used to advertise particular programs, to identify and encourage collaboration among researchers, scholars, and students within UTK and at other universities, and provide assistance in seeking funding.

The following centers, institutes, and bureaus are the research, service, education, and resource centers at UT Knoxville that have been approved and are reviewed by a process in partnership with the UTK Faculty Senate Research Council.

License / Intellectual Property

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. The Foundation frequently partners with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the State of Tennessee for various research and education initiatives.

Leadership and Executive Education

At the Haslam College of Business at the University of Tennessee, we’re committed to improving the world. Big Orange, Big Ideas is a slogan we hear often at Tennessee. At Haslam, we take those words a step farther, delivering big result by producing better, more prepared students and impactful, interdisciplinary research. From our top-notch supply chain management and highly regarded accounting programs to our renowned Global Leadership Scholars program and Physician EMBA program, we are 100 years strong in business education. Our six departments, nine centers and institutes and four forums, and graduate and executive education programs reach across the for-profit, not-for-profit, and governmental sectors of business. No matter your niche, you can find a place to make a difference at UT Haslam. Our students and faculty create the change that changes your world for the better.

Student Recruitment / Career Placement

The mission of Center for Career Development at the University of Tennessee is to promote the development and implementation of academic and career goals through access to: self-assessment, education and career information, experiential learning opportunities, graduate school planning and employment services.

The UT Career Services Corporate Partners Program is intended for those employers seeking to maximize their opportunities to recruit UT students through the Career Services Office. Without question, increased brand visibility is a key component in a successful recruiting campaign. Our goal in the Corporate Partners program is to work closely with you to create maximum opportunities for your organization to interact with our student body to help us educate, prepare and inform students of all things related to career awareness and management.

UT Foundation (UTFI)

The UT Foundation enriches the lives of the students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the University of Tennessee through alumni engagement, financial stewardship, and private gift support. The University of Tennessee Foundation is an interdependent not-for-profit created in 2001 to support the University of Tennessee’s educational, research and public activities.  As the preferred channel for all private contributions that benefit students and faculty at the University of Tennessee, UT Foundation staff members work with alumni and other prospective donors to secure funds for scholarships, professorships, research, outreach programs, and other University initiatives.

Matching Gifts

Matching gifts help elevate the universities capabilities through our alumnus contributions. Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match any charitable contributions or volunteer hours made by their employees. Find out if your company has a MATCHING GIFT POLICY


Individual Gift (5 yrs)(2:1) Company MatchTotal MatchedTotal Gift Matched (5 yrs)