ORNL, in partnership with the Science Alliance of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has a number of cooperative ventures in science and engineering research programs. One facet of that partnership includes five UT-ORNL joint institutes that link distinct, complementary resources in select, high-priority scientific and engineering fields at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Those Joint Institutes are:
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).
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.
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).
The Joint Institute for Heavy Ion Research (JIHIR) links UT, ORNL, and Vanderbilt University research that explores the structure of atomic nuclei, via several types of experimental programs and an extensive UT-ORNL theoretical nuclear physics initiative.
The Joint Institute for Neutron Sciences (JINS) promotes worldwide neutron scattering collaboration among researchers in biological and life sciences, energy sciences, polymer science, condensed matter physics, and computational sciences.