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Joint Institutes

Five UT-ORNL joint institutes link distinct, complementary resources in select, high-priority scientific and engineering fields at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Each opens doors to leadership-class research instrumentation and computing facilities; offers an environment conducive to collaboration; and provides the physical space where scientists and engineers can exchange ideas and work collectively to answer complex research questions.

UT-ORNL Joint Institute for Advanced Materials

The Joint Institute for Advanced Materials (JIAM) promotes interdisciplinary research and education related to developing new materials with superior properties (such as greater toughness and high-temperature strength) or those that can be tailored to support new technologies (such as pocket-sized supercomputers).

UT-ORNL Joint Institute for Biological Sciences

The Joint Institute for Biological Sciences (JIBS) supports interdisciplinary, crosscutting research that accelerates progress in complex bioenergy and bioenvironmental systems. It also aids access by UT-ORNL faculty, staff, and students to state-of-the-art capability in genomic, transcriptomic, proteomic, and metabolomic analysis of biological and environmental systems.


UT-ORNL Joint Institute for Computational Sciences

The Joint Institute for Computational Sciences (JICS) advances scientific discovery and state-of-the-art engineering and computational modeling and simulation. JICS takes full advantage of the petascale and beyond computers in the Department of Energy National Center for Computational Sciences (NCCS) and UT’s National Institute for Computational Sciences (NICS).


UT-ORNL Joint Institute for Nuclear Physics and Applications

The Joint Institute of Nuclear Physics and Applications (JINPA) links UT, ORNL, and Vanderbilt University research to promote and support basic nuclear physics research and nuclear and radiological applications of common interest to the participants.

Shull Wollan Center: a Joint Institute for Neutron Sciences

The Shull Wollan Center is dedicated to promoting excellence in advancing the application of neutrons to the forefront of science and industry, and to the training and education of future researchers.

Governor’s Chairs

The Governor’s Chair program attracts exceptionally talented, internationally recognized research scientists and engineers to joint appointments as tenured UT professors and ORNL distinguished research staff. Initiated by former Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen, the program takes advantage of the synergy between the state’s flagship campus and the nation’s leading multipurpose national lab. The program is managed through the UT Office of the Executive Vice President.

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