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Imagine Tennessee

The Office of Community Engagement and Outreach (OCEO) is excited to launch Imagine Tennessee, an initiative intended to leverage university resources toward the benefit of Tennessee communities.

An interdisciplinary research and engaged scholarship program, we connect, equip, and elevate community-university partnerships to advance common goals for the good of the local community and the state. Projects are solicited bi-annually by OCEO and selected by a panel of campus and community representatives.

Project themes align with community priorities that have been identified as critical by Knoxville and Knox County agencies. Projects should address one or more of the following areas: K-12 education and outreach; Family, health and wellness; Business and entrepreneurship; Sustainability and environmental resiliency; and Community and economic development. Interdisciplinary submissions that pull together a range of perspectives and expertise are highly encouraged.

Is there grant funding available through Imagine Tennessee? 

Imagine Tennessee is not currently a grant program; however, we may assist with finding internal and external funding opportunities for mutually beneficial projects. We are a capacity building and research support program that assists with:

  • Connecting internal and external partners
  • Providing access to community data and resources
  • Conducting background research on specific topics
  • Convening across disciplines to discuss common issues
  • Elevating projects through various media channels

Is there other funding available for my project? 

Click here for funding and opportunities from OCEO, the Office of Research and Engagement, and other UT centers and programs.

Who can participate in Imagine Tennessee? 

Ideas for Imagine Tennessee projects are accepted from all faculty, staff, students, and community partners such as nonprofit or government agencies.

I have multiple project ideas. Is there a limit on the number of projects I can submit? 

There is no limit on the number of submissions to Imagine Tennessee.

Community Partners

  • Collaborations with university faculty and students that direct research and engagement toward community needs
  • Expanded capacity to address community needs through student scholarship and creative problem solving


  • Opportunities to connect research, teaching, and service through engaged scholarship that addresses complex issues
  • Potential to catalyze research and scholarship through interdisciplinary collaborations and community partnerships


  • Opportunities to apply learning toward solutions to real-world issues
  • Opportunities to collaborate with nonprofit, government, and industry personnel seeking to recruit talented and passionate graduates


How Do I Get Involved?

Complete the Interest Form below. You will be asked to respond to a brief set of questions about your areas of interest related to the program. Interested individuals may also send inquiries to

Imagine Tennessee Project Submission Form