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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Immigration History Research Center

The center promotes interdisciplinary research on international migration, develops archives documenting immigrant and refugee life, especially in the U.S., and makes specialized scholarship accessible to students, teachers, and the public. In addition to scholarly programming with other departments, the center acts in partnership with various ethnic communities, historical agencies, research specialists, educators, and many others.  It makes accessible to researchers archival, print and digital collections documenting immigrant experience.

Erika Lee
+1 612 625 4800
Last updated: February 23, 2017

Immunology, Center for

The investigation of the immune response is essential to many disciplines within the biological and biomedical sciences, and faculty with research programs in immunology are found in numerous University departments. The Center for Immunology was established as a University-wide multidisciplinary center to coordinate and promote efforts in immunology research, education and clinical applications at the University.

Marc Jenkins
+1 612 626 2403
Last updated: July 28, 2015

Individual and Society, Center for the Study of the

The Center conducts research aimed at understanding how and why people become actively involved in doing good for others and for society, to answer questions about why people become involved in such pro-social action, what sustains their involvement over time, and the consequences of such action for individuals and for society.

Mark Snyder
+1 612 625 9737
Last updated: July 28, 2015

Industrial Mathematics, Minnesota Center for

The Minnesota Center for Industrial Mathematics (MCIM) is a research and educational center that facilitates industrial collaboration with faculty and students.  MCIM provides industry with advanced solutions through the use of mathematics, and offers industry a talent pool of highly qualified prospective employees. Activities include:

Gilad Lerman
+1 612 625 2004
Last updated: August 16, 2016

Industrial Partnership for Research in Interfacial and Materials Engineering

The Industrial Partnership for Research in Interfacial and Materials Engineering (IPrime) is a university/industry partnership based on two-way knowledge transfer. The partnership is a consortium of more than 40 companies supporting fundamental collaborative research on materials.   We have 54 faculty involved from 10 academic departments conducting research in 8 program areas. The breadth of these programs is quite large, spanning polymers, coatings, surfactants, electronic materials, nanomaterials and biomaterials.  Participation in iPRIME affords companies the chance to scan a wide range of scientific and technological developments. IPrime's basic value statement is in providing member companies the chance to delve into the fundamental science that undergirds their products.  A principal goal of IPrime is the engagement of industrial scientists and engineers in a pre-competitive, non-proprietary and collaborative environment. This structure promotes hands-on participation by visiting industrial scientists with IPrime faculty, students and post-doctoral associates.

Christopher Macosko
Last updated: January 16, 2015

Infectious Disease Research and Policy, Center for

The Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) is a global leader in addressing public health preparedness and emerging infectious disease response. The center reduces illness and death from infectious diseases by effecting change through public policy refinement, fostering the adoption of science-based best practices in public health among professionals and the public, and conducting original interdisciplinary research.  An international, collaborative center drawing on a wide range of expertise, CIDRAP focuses on emerging global challenges to public health and those demanding immediate attention, striving to create solutions targeted for the greatest impact. The center's current work focuses on four main areas:

  • Pandemic influenza preparedness in public and private sectors, including research on influenza viruses with pandemic potential
  • Bioterrorism preparedness and response
  • Internet-based infectious disease reporting and publishing
  • Education
Campus and College: Twin Cities, Academic Health Center
Michael Osterholm
+1 612 626 6770
Last updated: August 13, 2015

Infectious Diseases and Microbiology Translational Research, Center for

The Center for Infectious Diseases and Microbiology Translational Research (CIDMTR) promotes interdisciplinary interactions among highly accomplished teams of investigators with expertise in Infectious Diseases, Microbiology and Immunology. The Center is supported by the Departments of Medicine, Microbiology, and Pediatrics of the University of Minnesota Medical School.  Our mission is to discover mechanisms of pathogenesis that can be translated into new treatments and strategies for prevention of infectious diseases.

Paul Johbanen
+1 612 624 1966
Last updated: July 28, 2015

Institute for Translational Research in Children's Mental Health (ITR)

Failure to treat mental health issues in children has enormous costs for individuals and society. Though there have been major research breakthroughs in effective ways to serve our children, it can take decades for these techniques to make it into practice. ITR brings together researchers and professionals from many disciplines to bridge this gap between research and practice in order to better serve our children and communities.


  • Conduct basic and translational research on effective mental health treatments.  ITR faculty have served over 1000 children and families in research studies.
  • Train those who work with children on the most effective mental health treatments. Each year, ITR serves over 8,700 children and families through Ambit Network, a National Child Traumatic Stress Network Community and Treatment Services Center.
  • Provide direct mental health services. The Family Innovations Counseling and Training Center at ITR provides evidence-based treatment interventions to low income, high-risk children and families.
  • Bring together leading interdisciplinary researchers in children’s mental health.  ITR has 14 faculty from 8 different departments across 5 colleges and fosters collaboration through regular faculty meetings, symposia, colloquia, networking events, and professional development
Abigail Gewirtz
+1 612 624 3748
Last updated: November 23, 2016

Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity

The Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity investigates the ways that laws, policies, and practices affect development patterns in U.S. metropolitan regions, with a particular focus on the growing social and economic disparities within these areas. Through top-level scholarship, mapping, and advocacy, the Institute provides the resources that policymakers, planning officials, and community organizations need to address reform in taxation, land use, housing, metropolitan governance, and education.

Campus and College: Twin Cities, Law School
Myron Orfield
+1 612 625 8071
Last updated: July 28, 2015

Integrated Natural Resources and Agricultural Management, Center for

The Center for Integrated Natural Resources and Agricultural Management (CINRAM) is a partner-based organization that catalyzes the development and adoption of integrated land use systems. CINRAM links the expertise of the Univ. of Minnesota with the experience and insights of people and organization who work with and have understanding of, opportunities and issues across the landscape

Dean Current
+1 612 624 4299
Last updated: July 28, 2015

Integrative Leadership, Center for

At the Center for Integrative Leadership, we work with our partners outside and inside the University of Minnesota to catalyze, learn from and inform collaborative action for social impact.  We focus on the question of how individuals, organizations, institutions, tools or incentives from the public, private and non-profit sectors can effectively come together to address complex challenges.  A University-wide Center of the University of Minnesota, we are affiliated with five of the University’s Schools that focus on leadership, governance and management: the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, the Carlson School of Management, the College of Education and Human Development, the School of Public Health, and the Law School.  We stimulate and provide a focal point for teaching, research and discussion that can enable shared leadership and provide actionable lessons for success.

Liz Sopdie
+1 612 625 5209
Last updated: April 27, 2017

Intelligent Transportation Systems Institute

The Institute`s activities are guided by its theme of enhancing the safety and mobility of road- and transit-based transportation through a focus on human-centered technology. To that end, the Institute brings together technologists and those who study human behavior to ensure that Institute-developed technologies become tools that optimize human capabilities.

Max Donath
+1 612 626 1077
Last updated: August 13, 2015

Intelligent Vehicles Laboratory

The Intelligent Vehicle Laboratory develops and tests innovative, human-centered technologies that improve the operational safety, mobility, and productivity of vehicles. These human-centered technologies integrate sensors, actuators, computer processors, and custom human interfaces to provide drivers with needed information under difficult driving conditions, including low visibility, severe weather, and narrow and congested roadways. Initially, these driver-assistive systems have been tested on specialty vehicles, including snowplows, patrol cars, ambulances, heavy vehicles, and transit vehicles. Ultimately, these systems will also be able to warn drivers and assist them with collision-avoidance and lane-keeping tasks on passenger vehicles.

Max Donath
+1 612 625 0323
Last updated: August 13, 2015

Interest Measurement Research, Center for

The Center for Interest Measurement Research (CIMR) functions as a research office dedicated to the accumulation of new knowledge in the field of vocational interest measurement and career development, to the development of materials that make practical use of this knowledge, and to the provision of graduate student and professional education.

Jo-Ida Hansen
+1 612 625 2818
Last updated: July 28, 2015

International Albinism Center

The purpose of the International Albinism Center is to:

  • Provide best possible clinical care for individuals with known or suspected diagnosis of albinism
  • Provide counseling and support for individuals with albinism and their families
  • Conduct clinical research to better understand the multiple aspects of albinism
  • Educate physicians and other health care professionals about albinism
Gail Summers
Richard King
+1 612 626 2452
Last updated: June 23, 2015

International Business Education and Research, Center for

The University of Minnesota CIBER (Center for International Business Education and Research)  is one of 33 centers nationwide designed to increase the nation's capacity for international understanding and economic enterprise. We serve as a regional resource for businesses, educators, researchers, and students. Our initiatives focus on environmental sustainability, emerging markets, and less commonly-taught languages.

Michael Houston
+1 612 626 4423
Last updated: January 16, 2015

International Economic Policy, Freeman Center for

The Freeman Center for International Economic Policy identifies the major challenges of an increasingly interdependent global economy, mobilizes resources to analyze the nature of those challenges, and crafts effective public responses.  Its mission is implemented by meeting the following objectives:

  • Sponsoring leading edge research on emerging problems of the global economy;
  • Providing a recognized forum where researchers and others doing research on international policy issues can share ideas;
  • Serving as an all-University catalyst and clearinghouse for education on global policy issues;
  • Fostering communication between the international research resources of the University and Minnesota's business and public sector;
  • Partnering with public and private organizations to translate research results into concise information and public educational opportunities for citizens in Minnesota and the region on the implications of global economic interdependence.
Robert Kudrle
+1 612 625 3338
Last updated: June 23, 2015

International Food and Agricultural Policy, Center for

With its interdisciplinary approach, the Center for International Food and Agriculture Policy uses its research and education activities to increase international understanding about food, agriculture, nutrition, natural and human resources, and the environment, and to positively affect the policies of both developed and developing countries.

Terry Roe
+1 612 625 8713
Last updated: July 28, 2015

International Medical Education and Research

The mission of the International Medical Education and Research Program (IMER) is to promote an exchange of international educational, research and other scholarly opportunities for medical and graduate students and faculty.  The primary focus of the Program is on education of medical and graduate students. In addition to promoting bi-directional exchange of students between the University and appropriate organizations within developing and developed countries, the Program supports faculty members engaged in medical education and research abroad.

Phillip Peterson
+1 612 625 7933
Last updated: July 28, 2015

International Science and Technology Practice and Policy Center

The International Science and Technology Practice and Policy Center (InSTePP) brings together a community of scholars at the University of Minnesota and elsewhere to engage in economic research on science and technology practice and policy, emphasizing the international implications. Center research deals with the innovation incentives and R&D actions of private entities as well as government behavior that affect the conduct, performance and economic consequences of R&D worldwide.

Philip Pardey
+1 612 625 8779
Last updated: January 16, 2015

Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories

The Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories is one of the oldest continuously operated inland field stations in the United States. It is the perfect place to study many organisms in their natural environments because the Station is near the intersection of the northern coniferous forest, the eastern deciduous forest, and the western prairie.

David Biesboer
+1 612 624 6743
Last updated: January 16, 2015