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 centers@umn.edu.

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Early Education and Development, Center for

Reflecting a strong national interest in early childhood education, the University's College of Education and Human Development established an interdepartmental Center for Early Education and Development (CEED) which began operation in 1973. CEED's mission is to improve developmental outcomes for children through applied research, training, and outreach. CEED staff conduct research and program evaluations and offer a range of professional development for early childhood professionals.

Amy Susman-Stillman
Christopher Watson
+1 612 625 3058
Last updated: July 28, 2015

Early Modern History, Center for

The CEMH is a premier research, teaching, and resource center for the comparative study of the early modern world, roughly 1370 to 1750. The center's aim: to expand understanding of the crucial period between the Middle Ages and the modern era by drawing on many scholarly approaches and by relating developments across the globe to one another.

JB Shank
+1 612 625 6303
Last updated: February 23, 2017

Earth Surface Dynamics-2, National Center for

Perpetuating the legacy of the National Center for Earth-surface Dynamics (NCED), the NSF Science and Technology Center that operated from 2002-2012. NCED2 will engage the broader research community by focusing activity around an annual research theme that will bring together experimental, theoretical, and field researchers in the field of Earth-Surface Dynamics (ESD).

Chris Paola
+1 612 624 4363
Last updated: July 28, 2015

Economic Development Center

The program links the faculty and graduate students in the Department of Economics and the Department of Applied Economics through a popular and active weekly seminar that meets nearly every Friday of the academic year, graduate student thesis committees, the joint preparation of research proposals, by a working paper series that is broadly distributed to libraries and other research centers, and by developing and coordinating graduate level course material in areas of develop, trade and growth.

Terry Roe
+1 612 625 1222
Last updated: June 29, 2015

Economic Development, UMD Center for

The Center for Economic Development provides one-on-one consulting services to business start-ups and existing businesses focusing on feasibility studies, market research, surveys, business plan development, loan packaging, operational assistance, procurement assistance, manufacturing, management, compliance (EPA, OSHA, Revenue and Tax), problem solving, and information technology. Programs include the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), the Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI) Business Group, the 21st Century Arrowhead Initiative, and the Student to Business Initiative.

Campus and College: Duluth
Elaine Hansen
+1 218 726 729
Last updated: June 29, 2015

Economic Education, Minnesota Council on

The goals of the Minnesota Council are to provide comprehensive economic education to educators, youth, and the general public.

Donald Liu
+1 612 625 3727
Last updated: June 29, 2015

Educational Outcomes, National Center on

The National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) provides national leadership in designing and building educational assessments and accountability systems that appropriately monitor educational results for all students, including students with disabilities and English Language Learners. Since its establishment in 1990, NCEO has been:

  • Working with states and federal agencies to identify important outcomes of education for students with disabilities.
  • Examining the participation of students in national and state assessments, including the use of accommodations and alternate assessments.
  • Evaluating national and state practices in reporting assessment information on students with disabilities.
  • Bridging general education, special education, and other systems as they work to increase accountability for results of education for all students.
  • Conducting directed research in the area of assessment and accountability.
Martha Thurlow
Last updated: July 28, 2015

Engineering in Medicine, Institute for

The Institute for Engineering in Medicine (IEM) strives to be a world leader in the innovative application of engineering to medical problems.  IEM combines and integrates expertise in engineering technology, basic sciences, biological and medical sciences, and the social aspects of health care. This exceptional organization addresses the future needs of health care and develops and applies technology to meet the needs and improve health for patients.

Bin He
+1 612 626 5493
Last updated: August 13, 2015

Engineering Research Center for Plasma-Aided Manufacturing

The Center for Plasma-Aided Manufacturing (C-PAM) began independent operation in 1998 with research activities at both the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Minnesota. C-PAM replaced the Engineering Research Center for Plasma-Aided Manufacturing, which was established in 1988 with a grant from the National Science Foundation as its primary support. C-PAM brings experts from academic and industrial communities together with state-of-the-art equipment to further the understanding and expand the applications of plasma-aided manufacturing. The Center has been organized to cover the full range of plasma techniques currently employed in industry and is well positioned to address, improve and adapt new techniques as they are developed.

Campus and College:
Noah Hershkowitz
+1 608 263 4970
Last updated: June 29, 2015

Entrepreneurship, Holmes Center for

The mission of the Gary S. Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship is to inspire and educate the next generation of entrepreneurs. The Holmes Center addresses this mission through excellence in teaching, research and outreach.  Key objectives include:

TEACHING: Delivering innovative curriculum with experiential courses and creative problem-solving, featuring quality faculty with applied entrepreneurial experience.
RESEARCH: Establishing a global reputation for insightful academic research on entrepreneurship that attracts leading scholars and students.
OUTREACH: Engaging alumni and business community with our students and faculty through quality outreach programs.

John Stavig
+1 612 625 2485
Last updated: July 28, 2015

Environment and Natural Resource Policy, Center for

The Center was established in 1984 to conduct interdisciplinary studies on the management and use of natural resources and our environment. Its mission is to provide timely, scientific, and objective data and analysis on policies and programs that impact natural resources and environmental management in Minnesota and the surrounding region. The Center has the capability to conduct policy, economic, administrative, planning and management assessments, and uses a number of venues such as reports conferences, symposia, and seminars to fulfill its mission. The Center draws on faculty members from a variety of units across the University of Minnesota to match skills and expertise with project needs.

Michael Kilgore
+1 612 624 3400
Last updated: January 16, 2015

Environment, Institute on the

The University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment (IonE) is dedicated to discovering solutions to the earth's most pressing environmental problems through cutting-edge research, world-class leadership development and innovative collaboration.

Campus and College: Twin Cities, University-Wide
Jessica Hellmann
+ 612 624 6973
Last updated: August 31, 2017

Environmental Education, Center for

The mission of the Center for Environmental Education is to achieve excellence in environmental and outdoor education training, experience, and research for pre-service, in-service, and graduate level environmental education. This will be accomplished through collaboration between UMD departments, local, state, and federal agencies and organizations in order to advance the field of environmental education.

Campus and College: Duluth
Julie Ernst
+1 218 726 8677
Last updated: January 16, 2015

Epidemiology Clinical Research Center

The Epidemiology Clinical Research Center (ECRC) is designed to study human subjects in a clinical research setting. It is devoted to the highest quality science and to research relevant to the health of the public. Central to its mission is the respect and protection of experimental subjects by ECRC trained professional staff.  This facility was developed to meet the diverse needs and projects of the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, and its colleagues throughout the Academic Health Center. It is operated collaboratively to accommodate a regular turnover of projects and principal investigators.

Since 2000, the center has become home to an array of studies with more than 500 participant visits per month.  The studies housed at the ECRC work to conduct groundbreaking research on cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, late onset hypogonadism, vulvodynia, sleep disorders, obesity and symptoms of aging including cognitive decline.  In addition to participant examination and interview rooms, ECRC space is utilized to perform a number of measurements which include electrocardiograms, blood pressure, cognitive testing, pulmonary function, carotid ultrasounds, echocardiograms, bone densitometry, treadmill testing, strength testing, retinal photography, anthropometry and diet/exercise evaluations. The ECRC has a laboratory and draw room where blood samples are collected, processed and stored for future testing or sent to specialized laboratories.  Some population based research studies at the ECRC have followed participants for over 25 years.

Campus and College: Twin Cities, School of Public Health
Kristine E. Ensrud
+1 612 626 9199
Last updated: January 16, 2015

Epilepsy Research and Education Program

The mission of the program is to generate, disseminate and apply knowledge about the causes, epidemiology, management and treatment of epilepsy and related seizure disorders. The program emphasizes research on antiepileptic drug clinical pharmacology, epidemiology and economics, practice models and outcomes including epilepsy surgery.

Ilo Leppik
+1 612 625 7139
Last updated: July 28, 2015

Equine Center

The Equine Center represents our dedication to an expanded and comprehensive equine program, including undergraduate equine education, continued devotion to educating the next generation of equine veterinarians, a focus on equine research that will change the lives of horses worldwide, all while providing cutting edge, compassionate care for horses. Your horse will benefit from some of the best in equine care, research, and veterinary education found anywhere in the world.

Stephanie Valberg
+1 612 624 7414
Last updated: January 16, 2015

Ethics and Public Policy, Center for

The Center for Ethics and Policy supports programming including speakers, panel discussions, and public forums on issues of current ethical and political concern.

Campus and College: Duluth
Sean Walsh
+1 218 726 8548
Last updated: January 16, 2015

Excellence in Rural Safety, Center for

The Center for Excellence in Rural Safety (CERS) provides citizen-centered research, training, and outreach to enhance rural safety and to meet the online and seminar training needs of rural transportation practitioners and policymakers. The Center conducts several focused research activities to explore policy, behavior, and technology approaches, such as projects addressing safety-conscious planning, ITS and rural emergency response, integrated policy approaches, and related human factors, societal trends, and stakeholder needs analysis.

Lee Munnich
+1 612 626 1077
Last updated: August 13, 2015

Experimental Surgery Services

At Experimental Surgical Services, we're experts in designing and conducting the appropriate research to determine the safety and efficacy of your device - and determine if it's ready for regulatory submission. We have 30 years experience in pre-clinical assessment for the medical industry. In fact, we're the industry leader in researching and testing cardiac devices and surgical techniques. We complete over 500 open heart procedures a year and over 1,500 procedures annually.

ESS services include:

  • Methods development/evaluation developing standard procedures for analysis of devices for the medical device industry
  • Feasibility testing
  • Independent Quality Assurance unit for all GLP studies
  • Gross necropsy and/or full histopathological analysis
  • Consulting services with regard to regulatory strategy

ESS is Directed by Richard W. Bianco who has 25 years of experience in the pre-clinical assessment of virtually every animal model. The ESS staff of in-house surgeons can develop or validate your research methods, provide consultation as necessary and offer interpretative and technical support.

Richard Bianco
+1 612 625 5914
Last updated: July 28, 2015