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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Farm Financial Management, Center for

The Center for Farm Financial Management (CFFM) is a national center for farm management and marketing education with programming in three primary areas: 1) development of educational programs, software and other educational tools; 2) train-the-trainer activities for extension educators and other agricultural educators; and 3) leadership and management of national programs in farm management and marketing. CFFM’s primary audiences include agricultural educators, agricultural lenders, and agricultural producers.

Robert Craven
+1 612 625 1964
Last updated: July 28, 2015

Fine Theoretical Physics Institute

Research topics include biophysics, condensed matter, cosmology, and high energy physics.

Mikhail Voloshin
+1 612 624 7366
Last updated: July 28, 2015

Food Protection and Defense, National Center for

The National Center for Food Protection and Defense (NCFPD) was officially launched as a Homeland Security Center of Excellence in July 2004. A multidisciplinary and action-oriented research consortium, NCFPD addresses the vulnerability of the nation's food system to attack through intentional contamination with biological or chemical agents.

NCFPD's research and education program is aimed at reducing the potential for contamination at any point along the food supply chain and mitigating potentially catastrophic public health and economic effects of such attacks. The program incorporates cutting-edge research across a wide range of disciplines, taking a comprehensive, farm-to-table view of the food system and encompassing all aspects from primary production through transportation and food processing to retail and food service.

Amy Kircher
+1 612 624 2458
Last updated: July 28, 2015

Forecasting Drug Response, Center for

The Center for Forecasting Drug Response (CFDR) is a resource to researchers in the Department of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology, the College of Pharmacy, the University of Minnesota and the community.  There are three constituent divisions of the CFDR: Analytics, Pharmacometrics and Pharmacogenomics, each facilitated by an associated service.

Richard Brundage
Last updated: June 27, 2017

Forest Ecology, Center for

The mission of the Center for Forest Ecology is to carry out a comprehensive research program aimed at solving the problems related to sustainability of forests and their native species.  The Center's goals are:

  1. Examine the impacts of forest fires, windstorms, invasive species, and climate change on forests, and how forests adapt to these elements of change. Studies span scales from stands to landscapes, taxonomic groups from earthworms to wildflowers and trees; they bridge the gaps between science, conservation, and management of forests.
  2. Provide educational opportunities for top-ranked graduate students who are interested in research or management careers in natural resources.
  3. Provide research, field and lab experience for undergraduate students, to help them get better preparation for future jobs or graduate school than from classes alone.
  4. Provide outreach on exciting new discoveries in forest ecology for forest managers and the public.
Lee Frelich
+1 612 624 3400
Last updated: January 16, 2015

Forest Products Management Development Institute

The mission of the Forest Products Management Development Institute is to increase knowledge about wood products production and use, and associated issues strategies, and technologies on the part of forest products industry employees, key forest products consumer groups, and those involved in shaping national and regional forest policy.

Shri Ramaswamy
+1 612 624 1293
Last updated: August 13, 2015