ORNL Partnership

The unique collaboration between UT and Oak Ridge National Laboratory addresses critical issues in energy, transportation, climate, and the environment that affect our region and our world.

Our joint efforts position the partnership as a leader in the fields of advanced materials and nuclear physics, as well as biological, computational, and neutron sciences. ORNL is the Department of Energy’s largest multiprogram science and energy laboratory.

UT conducts more than $17 million annually in ORNL-sponsored research. The association is also a key part of UT’s effort to become a Top 25 public research institution.

UT-Battelle, a partnership between UT and Battelle Memorial Institute, manages and operates ORNL for the DOE. This management led to the first state-funded construction of research facilities at a national lab.

Among the Nation’s Elite

ORNL is one of only eight DOE national labs whose managing partners includes a university, putting UT in a prestigious category with the University of California, Stanford, Princeton, Texas A&M, Stony Brook University, and the University of Chicago.


UT and ORNL bring together world-class students, faculty, researchers, and research infrastructure.

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