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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Natural Resources Research Institute

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 jbrenema@d.umn.edu for more information.

Campus and College: Duluth
Rolf Weberg
+ 218 788 2694
Last updated: April 5, 2017

Neurobehavioral Development, Center for

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.

Michael Georgieff
+1 612 625 5600
Last updated: August 13, 2015

Neuroengineering, Center for

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.

Campus and College: Twin Cities, Academic Health Center
Bin He
+1 612 626 1115
Last updated: August 13, 2015

New Product Design and Business Development Program

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.

William Durfee
Last updated: August 13, 2015

North Central Research and Outreach Center

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.

Daniel Erkkila
+1 218 327 4361
Last updated: July 29, 2015

Northeast Minnesota Regional Sustainable Development Partnership

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.

Campus and College:
Okey Ukaga
+1 218 726 7368
Last updated: July 13, 2015

Northland Advanced Transportation Systems Research Laboratory

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.

Campus and College: Duluth
Eil Kwon
+1 218 726 6452
Last updated: January 16, 2015

Northstar Initiative for Sustainable Enterprise

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.

Campus and College: Twin Cities
Tim Smith
+1 612 624 2648
Last updated: September 15, 2016

Northwest Minnesota Regional Sustainable Development Partners

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.

Campus and College: Twin Cities, Extension
Linda Kingery
+1 218 281 8027
Last updated: July 29, 2015

Northwest Research and Outreach Center

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.

Campus and College: Crookston
Albert Sims
Last updated: January 16, 2015

Nursing Informatics, Center for

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.

Campus and College: Twin Cities, School of Nursing
Bonnie Westra
+1 612 624 5959
Last updated: July 29, 2015

Nursing Leadership, Densford International Center for

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.

Campus and College: Twin Cities, School of Nursing
Dan Pesut
+1 612 625 1187
Last updated: July 29, 2015

Nutrition Coordinating Center

NCC distributes and supports Nutrition Data System for Research (NDSR), a dietary analysis software application widely used for the collection and coding of 24-hour dietary recalls and the analysis of food records, menus, and recipes.

NCC also maintains a comprehensive research-quality food and nutrient database. Software developers and researchers may license the database for a variety of purposes such as supporting diet and nutrition apps.

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.

Campus and College: Twin Cities, School of Public Health
Lisa Harnack
+1 612 626 9450
Last updated: July 9, 2018