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Research & Economic Development

Research and scholarly activity are products of inquiry and creativity and should be expected of all of the university’s full-time faculty members. To enhance regional and national competitiveness, faculty members are expected to compete successfully for external research funding. As a public land-grant university, the University of Tennessee must be a driver for economic development in Tennessee.

Strategic Focus Areas

The Strategic Focus Area of Research & Economic Development includes the following measures:


  • Annual research and sponsored program expenditures (millions) 
  • Externally funded faculty (%) 
  • Invention and creation disclosures 

Economic Development

  • Intellectual property development 
  • Jobs created or maintained 
  • Estimated economic impact of technology transfer (millions) 

Products of research and scholarly activity result in resources for economic development in Tennessee and beyond.

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