About Centers and Institutes
The University of Minnesota is home to over 300 research, education, and outreach centers and institutes. This listing will help you identify, learn about, and contact these units.
Interested in partnering with a center or institute? Please contact the Office for Public Engagement.
Center and Institute staff needing to make updates to this list, please contact Elizabeth Duykers.
The overall objective of the Caenorhabditis Genetics Center (CGC) is to promote significant research on an animal model, the small nematode Caenorhabditis elegans. The CGC is the international center for the acquisition, maintenance, and distribution of genetically and phenotypically characterized nematode stocks, with emphasis on the species Caenorhabditis elegans.
The Rasmussen Center for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention was founded to offer a new, unique approach to anticipating and managing heart and artery disease, focusing on screening healthy individuals who may have risk factors (e.g. family history, hypertension, smoking, etc.) Affiliated with the world-renowned Department of Medicine at the University of Minnesota, the Rasmussen Center offers a unique array of the latest, non-invasive diagnostic screening tools in detecting cardiovascular disease, identifying conditions that often go undetected but which can lead to heart attacks, strokes, heart- and kidney failure.
Research topics surround fundamental scientific interest and relevance to human-driven global environmental change, especially the impacts of elevated nitrogen deposition, of increased concentrations of atmospheric carbon dioxide, and of the loss of biodiversity on ecosystem functioning. This area also houses the NSF Area Microbial Observatory.
'From bench to bedside' is a popular way of illustrating the path of discovery in medical science. Every treatment, every innovative technique, every cure begins with basic science research. The Center for Cell and Molecular Biology serves as a core facility for designated research purposes, providing laboratories with essential technical equipment. The facility helps integrate research and educational efforts between the College of Science and Engineering faculty and the Medical School Duluth faculty, provide a world-class regional resource for basic science researchers, and foster a multi-disciplinary approach to research endeavors.
The center supports:
- an environmental medicine lab, devoted to diagnosing and consulting in the management of environmentally associated diseases
- a molecular genetics regional research lab, providing equipment to analyze specific genes and to enable modifications to these genes
- basic sciences research equipment facilities, providing state-of-the-art equipment to ensure high-quality analysis in research studies.
The mission of the Cereal Disease Laboratory is to reduce losses in wheat, oat, and barley to major diseases including leaf rust, stem rust, and Fusarium head blight. This mission is accomplished through research on the biology of the pathogens that cause these diseases and on methods to enhance disease resistance in small grains.
The Center for Changing Landscapes (CCL) links innovative landscape planning and design with technical expertise in natural resource management and geospatial analysis and modeling. The goal of this interdisciplinary research and outreach center is to address issues of social, economic, and ecological sustainability in changing rural, urban and urbanizing landscapes.
The Characterization Facility is a multi-user, shared instrumentation facility for materials research spanning from nanotechnology to biology and medicine. Our analytical capabilities include microscopy via electron beams, force probes and visible light, including cryogenic methods; elemental and chemical imaging including depth profiling; elemental, chemical and mass spectrometry; atomic and molecular structure analysis via X-ray, ion or electron scattering; nanomechanical and nanotribological probes; and other tools for surface and thin-film metrology. Equipment includes: Small- and Wide-angle X-ray Scattering (including micro), Scanning probe microscopes (including environmental) and nanoindentors, Ion Beam Analysis (RBS, FReS, PIXE, NRA), Surface analysis (XPS, Auger, micro-contact angle), Scanning and Transmission Electron Microscopy (including cryo/bio, EDS/EELS, EBSD, cathodolum.), Infrared and Raman spectroscopy and microscopy, stylus and light profilometry, spectroscopic ellipsometry and light microscopy; training/rental of all of the above; work with externals (industry/academic/government), educational outreach; internal curricular usage.
The Charles Babbage Institute is an historical archives and research center of the University of Minnesota. CBI is dedicated to promoting study of the history of information technology and information processing and their impact on society. CBI preserves relevant historical documentation in all media (paper, audio, film, electronic); conducts and fosters research in history and archival methods; offers graduate fellowships; and sponsors symposia, conferences, and publications.
The Chemical Biology Initiative (CBI) is designed to stimulate and encourage interdisciplinary biomedical/biotechnology research, technological development, and education at the cross roads of chemistry, physics, biology, and engineering at the University. Our central goal is to enable the development of a deeper understanding of biology that can be applied to the improvement of health.
The mission of the Center for Child and Family Health Promotion Research is to improve the health of infants, children, adolescents, parents and families in the context of their communities. In response to the national priority to decrease health disparities, the Center focuses its work on enhancing the health of underserved groups in urban and rural areas. Center members develop and disseminate evidence-based interventions and best practices in primary and secondary prevention.
As one of five Maternal and Child Health Bureau Nursing programs in the nation, the Center for Children with Special Health Care Needs has been continuously funded since 1993. The Center prepares pediatric nurse leaders by supporting doctor of nursing practice (DNP) and Ph.D. students. The Center offers educational programs, continuing education, and online resources for maternal and child health professionals who focus on children with special health care needs. Research and scholarship focuses on preventing and managing childhood chronic conditions and improving systems of care for children and their families. The Center for Children with Special Health Care Needs is funded by a $1 million 5-year grant from the Maternal Child Health Bureau.
The Children, Youth, and Family Consortium was established during the Fall of 1991 to build the capacity of the University of Minnesota and Minnesota communities to use research to inform policy and enhance practice to improve the well-being of Minnesota's children, youth and families.
- Generate knowledge - CYFC recruits faculty and students of diverse disciplines to conduct research responsive to community defined needs.
- Catalyze research - CYFC brings together faculty of diverse disciplines and community members to explore research partnerships and provides grant writing support, ongoing coordination of collaborations and assistance in disseminating findings to public, practitioner and policy audiences.
- Translate research - CYFC uses a variety of mechanisms, such as web and print communication, events and seminars to provide audiences with research-based information in a manner that is accessible and applicable to their work.
- Policy education - CYFC works with the Minnesota legislature and other policy makers to bring research to decision-makers and to encourage an evidence-based approach to policy-making and implementation.
The China Center draws on the strengths of the University of Minnesota and partners with public and private organizations in Minnesota and the U.S. to promote relations with Greater China by: Facilitating educational exchange, collaborative research, teaching and training activities, Fostering an understanding of history, cultures, and values, Serving as a catalyst and resource for the promotion of economic, governmental, and civic pursuits, and Increasing mutual interest and understanding.
The mission of the Center for Clinical and Cognitive Neuropharmacology is to promote interdisciplinary research investigating the interaction between individual patient characteristics and the effect of drugs on cognition. The work of the Center will guide new drug development and enhance the ability to personalize medication therapy. Our group leverages the strengths of several disciplines including neuroscience, neuroimaging, linguistics, natural language and speech processing, psychometrics, pharmacogenomics, pharmacometrics and informatics. We will accomplish our goals through joint research projects, student training, journal clubs, seminars, publications and new technology development.
The Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) of the University of Minnesota is improving health by accelerating science into practice. CTSI offers comprehensive research support for clinical investigators, educational and training opportunities for research teams, and connections to our communities. CTSI is part of a national Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) consortium created to accelerate laboratory discoveries into treatments for patients.
The Center for Clinical Movement Science is an interdisciplinary organization at the University of Minnesota focusing on problems affecting the human motor system. Its faculty offer perspectives from the fields of engineering, kinesiology, the neurological, rehabilitation and clinical sciences. Their research provides a better understanding of the underlying disease processes that lead to movement impairments. Its products are new knowledge, procedures, therapies and devices that will aid and enhance the care and treatment of age-related changes and diseases affecting human movement.
The 3400 acre Cloquet Forestry Center is the Universitys' primary research and education forest. The Center Provides opportunity for forest/field based course work, interdisciplinary Long-term and controlled studies that benefit Minnesota`s 17 million acres of commercial forest land. The Center`s research is designed to improve the management and utilization of Minnesota`s timber, recreation, wildlife, soil, and water resources on forested lands.
The Center for Cognitive Sciences, designated as a University-wide center, receives strong support from across the University and its constituent colleges. Currently, the Center draws faculty and students from 16 departments and programs across eight colleges. Their specialty fields include child development, cognitive neuroscience, communication integration, computer science and engineering, curriculum and instruction, electrical and computer engineering, information and decision sciences, kinesiology and human factors, linguistics, magnetic resonance research, marketing and logistics management, neuroscience, philosophy, physiology, psychiatry, psychology, and the psychological foundations of education. In addition, the Center administers a graduate (PhD) program in cognitive science (www.cogsciphd.umn.edu) and a journal, Cognitive Critique (www.cogcrit.umn.edu).
The College Readiness Consortium leverages the resources of the University to increase the number and diversity of Minnesota students who graduate from high school with the knowledge, skills, and habits for success in college and other forms of postsecondary education. Toward that end, the consortium coordinates the following initiatives:
- P-20 Partnership: statewide education, business and community partners working to guide education policy
- MN Principals Academy: executive development program for principals to create and sustain high-performing schools
- Ramp-up to Readiness: a program that guides junior and senior high school students through a research-based sequence of courses, projects, activities and experiences that prepare them for post-secondary success.
The Communications and Data Storage Lab is Prof. J.Moon's research group in the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Minnesota, associated with the center for Micromagnetics and Information Technologies. Our research focuses on signal processing for communications and data storage.
The primary focus of the Center for Community and Regional Research (CCRR) is community-based education at UMD, providing faculty and students in the social and natural sciences and related fields the opportunity to work with local and regional community organizations. With this focus, students apply research skills and principles of social engagement and analysis, UMD faculty receive funding for projects in which they apply their expert knowledge and skills in a real-world local context, and local organizations, communities and agencies benefit through research on issues central to them. CCRR is a unit of the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) at UMD. CLA enables the Center to better link with other research and outreach initiatives in the College, and at UMD, therefore creating greater and farther reaching opportunities for students, faculty and communities.
Through collaborative research, training, and information sharing, the Institute on Community Integration improves policies and practices to ensure that all children, youth, and adults with disabilities are valued by, and contribute to, their communities of choice. Rather than providing direct services itself, the Institute works with community service providers, school districts, advocacy and self-advocacy organizations, policymakers, and researchers around the world to provide state-of-the-art information and practices that support the community integration of individuals with disabilities.
The Research and Training Center (RTC) on Community Living provides research, evaluation, training, technical assistance and dissemination to support the aspirations of persons with developmental disabilities to live full, productive and integrated lives in their communities.
Extension's Center for Community Vitality is here to help communities in Greater Minnesota make important choices – with programs and applied research projects that engage your entire community and provide valuable information. The Community Economics team helps communities retain and expand local businesses, know and grow the retail sector, make informed public finance decisions and develop tourism opportunities. The Leadership and Civic Engagement team helps communities strengthen social capital, encourage local leadership and create successful public forums where better decisions are made. The Tourism Center leads communities to understand whether tourism could become a strategy to diversify a local economy, and offers programs that help make tourism more successful.
The Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP), based at the University of Minnesota, is a network of researchers, educators, students and industry working together to transform the fluid power industry—how it is researched, applied and studied. Center research is creating hydraulic and pneumatic technology that is compact, efficient, and effective. The CCEFP’s education and outreach program is designed to transfer this knowledge to diverse audiences—students of all ages, users of fluid power and the general public. The CCEFP is a National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center, established in June 2006. In addition to its grant from NSF, the Center is supported by its seven participating universities and more than 50 industrial partners.
The Confucius Institute at the University of Minnesota (CIUMN) was created to promote the study of Chinese language and culture throughout Minnesota. It is a collaborative initiative between the University of Minnesota, the Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters, and Capital Normal University in Beijing. CIUMN is one of 67 Confucius Institutes in the U.S. and nearly 400 worldwide. Confucius Institutes are named for the Chinese philosopher known for encouraging deep independent thought and the study of the outside world. Watch a video about CIUMN.
Since 2000, the University of Minnesota’s Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences has conducted original research, served students and faculty, and advanced public dialogue and understanding on emerging issues at the intersection of science and society. Attracting major grants to advance its work, the Consortium also awards grants to graduate and professional students at the U of M to train new scholars and build future research capabilities in law, policy, values, and science.
The Consortium is one of only six university-wide centers at the University of Minnesota, crossing nearly every college on the Twin Cities campus. The vibrant community of students, scholars, policy makers, and clinicians, have made the Consortium a leading national program, and they have helped build the University of Minnesota’s reputation as the place to turn to for incisive, honest debate on crucial issues surrounding law, values, and science.
The Office of Continuing Medical Education (OCME) serves the educational needs of lifelong students of medicine through seminars, workshops, satellite meetings, society meetings, labs, live cases, grand rounds series, online learning activities and individual instruction.
The emphasis is on high-quality education and practical, up-to-date content taught by faculty in various disciplines in the Medical School and by guest faculty from around the world.
Through the OCME, the University of Minnesota is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The Cooperative Learning Institute is an innovative nonprofit Institute established in 1987 to advance the understanding and practice of cooperation and constructive conflict resolution. We have two missions. The first is to advance the theory and research on social interdependence (i.e., cooperative, competitive, individualistic efforts) and constructive conflict among individuals, groups, organizations, communities, cultures, and countries.
The second is to educate individuals in the nature of cooperation and constructive conflict resolution through the use of cooperative learning (formal cooperative learning, informal cooperative learning, and cooperative base groups), cooperative schools (cooperative teaching teams, school-based decision-making, cooperative faculty meeting), constructive controversy (academic controversy to increase quality of learning and decision controversy to increase quality of decision making), and peacemaking (problem-solving negotiations, peer mediation, violence prevention).
Our dual missions closely links theory and research with practice. We are committed to conducting basic and applied research on social interdependence and constructive conflict resolution. We are committed to developing, evaluating, and implementing state-of-the-art methods for cooperating, competing appropriately, engaging in constructive controversy, and using integrative negotiations and peer mediation to resolute conflicts constructively. We emphasize making our conceptual and practical models and methods easily accessible to interested parties throughout the world. The Institute is organized into two divisions.
The Corporate Institute works with the business community to form collaborative programs, unique leadership training opportunities, and an interdisciplinary curriculum to enhance learning experience for both law students and business executives, building upon the strength of an internationally recognized business law faculty.
The researchers in the CRC have expertize in the areas of aqueous corrosion, high temperature corrosion, batteries and fuel cells. Over the years their interests have involved diverse technical issues, such as the influence of surface morphology on film growth, stresses and fracture in thin oxide films (including both high-temperature and ambient-temperature films), electronic and optical properties of thin oxide films, and oxidation and corrosion of alloys at high temperatures. Currently, aqueous corrosion, miniature fuel cells and lithium batteries are the primary areas of research interest.
The Institute on Crime and Public Policy supports faculty scholarship on legal, empirical, and normative issues concerning crime and public policy. Participating faculty are involved in projects that cluster into five categories: American sentencing and corrections, comparative criminal procedure and process, juvenile justice systems, normative theories of punishment, and crime control policy. The institute is the home of four major publication series, including Crime and Justice—A Review of Research and Criminology in Europe, and sponsors several scholarly conferences each year, alone or in collaboration with various European research institutes.
The Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice engages in original, interdisciplinary research that examines critical issues in the field of criminal justice. The Institute works to achieve transformative change in sentencing law and policy and correctional policies and practices. By partnering with state and local jurisdictions, the Institute focuses nationally on sentencing guidelines systems, parole release and revocation, and community supervision, as well as locally on the Minnesota criminal justice system.