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 Natural Resources Research Institute was established at the University of Minnesota Duluth in 1983. It is a unique applied research organization that drives economic development with research solutions to balance our economy, resources and environment for resilient communities. Email NRRI External Affairs Manager June Breneman at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Center for Neurobehavioral Development is a research center that houses over 30 studies about children's cognitive and neurobehavioral functioning. Research at the Center is discovering how brain development affects the way children think, learn and express emotions as they grow from infants to adults.
The Center for Neuroengineering is a campus-wide research center to promote interdisciplinary research and training in the field of neuroengineering. Participating faculty come from various departments and colleges including biomedical sciences and engineering and physical sciences. The Center's mission is to advance neuroengineering research, foster collaborations between neuroscience and engineering faculty at the University and with industrial partners, and training of the next generation of leaders in this exciting field.
A team of graduate students, one half engineering and one half business, works with a client company to develop a new product. Deliverables include a working prototype and a comprehensive business plan. Technical, market, and financial feasibility is researched. Projects start in September and finish the following April.
The North Central Research and Outreach Center (NCROC) is one of five research and outreach centers in the state. In addition to traditional crop and livestock research, NCROC scientists research environmental issues, forestry, industrial by-product utilization, horticulture, mycoherbicides, tourism and travel, and wild rice.
The Northeast Minnesota Sustainable Development Partnership combines citizen leadership with the research and education resources of the University of Minnesota to foster long term sustainability in the northeast region of Minnesota, with particular attention focusing on agriculture, natural resources, and tourism.
The Northland Advanced Transportation Systems Research Laboratory (NATSRL) was established in March 2001 as an advanced research program to develop innovative technologies for safe, productive, and sustainable transportation systems in northern areas.
The NorthStar Initiative for Sustainable Enterprise (NiSE), a program at the Institute on the Environment, works with the private sector — both for-profit and nonprofit — to understand the systemic sustainability challenges of rapidly expanding production and consumption systems, develop the decision tools necessary to effectively act on these systems, and accelerate innovation beyond marginal greening efforts to more meaningful change.
We bring together talent and resources in northwest Minnesota with University of Minnesota knowledge and seed funding to drive sustainability in agriculture and food systems, tourism and resilient communities, clean energy and natural resources. Our innovative initiatives are community identified and valued, citizen led, University engaged and collaborative, so we are local in many places.
The mission of the Northwest Research and Outreach Center is to contribute, within the framework of the Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station and the College of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences, to the acquisition, interpretation and dissemination of research results to the people of Minnesota, with application to the knowledge base of the United States and World.
The Center for Nursing Informatics is an International Classification of Nursing Practice Research and Development Center that focuses on the development of nursing knowledge through the use of standardized nursing terminologies and essential minimum data sets. The ultimate goal is to improve global health by the daily use of terms that adequately reflect nursing practice.
Through a series of programs, services and forums, the Densford Center equips nurses with knowledge, skills, context and connections to improve health and health care internationally.
The Nutrition Coordinating Center (NCC) provides databases, software, training, and services for the collection and analysis of dietary data. NCC distributes and supports dietary analysis software applications for the collection and coding of 24-hour dietary recalls and the analysis of food records, menus, and recipes. Software available include Nutrition Data System for Research (NDSR). NCC also maintains a comprehensive research-quality food and nutrient database. This database is linked with NDSR, serving as its backbone. The database may also be licensed for other applications, such as providing nutrient values for foods on food frequency questionnaires. A variety of services are available through NCC including NDSR training and certification, collection of telephone 24-hour dietary recalls, and entry of food records.