The University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services helps companies, communities, entrepreneurs, and other organizations connect to resources to advance the economic well-being of Tennessee and to help create and retain quality job opportunities.

Drawing on the assets of universities, state and federal agencies, research and development centers, and other partners, CIS brings resources to businesses and communities statewide to:

  • Cultivate Regional and Community Economic Development Capacity
  • Help Companies Innovate and Expand Market Opportunities
  • Advance Entrepreneurship and Technology Commercialization

UT CIS can help you connect with:

  • University of Tennessee and Tennessee Board of Regents faculty with expertise in engineering, business and other disciplines
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Y-12 National Security Complex for assistance leading to new technologies, innovative products and advanced manufacturing processes
  • Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) funding to facilitate technology research and development
  • New markets, including opportunities in federal and state government procurement and exporting
  • Sources of financing for business growth, expansion and training
  • Tennessee manufacturers with capabilities needed to successfully address your supply chain needs
  • Federal, state and local economic development organizations with expertise in innovation, community capacity building, industrial expansion and other areasĀ