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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Raptor Center

The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine specializes in the medical care of, public education about, and conservation of eagles, hawks, owls, and falcons. In addition to treating approximately 800 birds a year, the internationally known program provides training in raptor medicine and surgery for veterinarians and leads the CVM's thrust into Ecosystem Health.

Julia Ponder
+1 612 624 4745
Last updated: January 16, 2015

Reading Research, Minnesota Center for

The mission of the Minnesota Center for Reading Research (MCRR) is to conduct applied and translational research on reading and on teaching approaches that facilitate reading instruction. The focus is on conducting research that supports teachers, particularly those who teach students of poverty, as they learn to effectively teach children and youth from diverse backgrounds, to become competent readers in K-12 school settings. Considerable emphasis is on translating research into practice. Specific problems and issues in reading that require creative and powerful research efforts include the following: a) Determining effective instructional approaches to engage struggling readers at the lower/upper elementary levels and middle/high school levels; b) Developing research-based, coherent school-wide literacy programs and the supports needed to enact systemic change with a teaching staff; and c) Developing and researching literacy assessments that measure and document students' growth in formative and summative ways and that are coherent features to systemic programs.

Matthew K. Burns
Lori A. Helman
+1 612 624 4561
Last updated: July 29, 2015

Regional and Industrial Economics, Project on

PRIE conducts research of planning and public policy interest on the intersection between industries and occupations, on one hand, and regions, cities and communities, on the other. Each project involves a team of faculty and students and disseminates results through scholarly publications, the popular press, and person-to-person outreach to parties directly concerned.

PRIE's Arts Economy Initiative conducts major studies on artists and cultural industries, researching the intersection between cultural and urban/regional development policy. Other current projects include The Distinctive City, a book stressing labor and human capital, combining occupational with industrial analysis, and developing guidelines for building distinctive city and regional development portfolios.

Past projects include Reining in the Competition for Capital, a critical look at tax incentives as economic development policy; many books and studies of the defense industry and its impacts on local, national, and international levels; Second Tier Cities, a comparative analysis of industrial districts in fast-growing cities in the US, Japan, Brazil, and South Korea; and Trading Industries, Trading Regions, a study of trade-related development across US regions and cities.

Ann Markusen
+1 612 625 8092
Last updated: July 29, 2015

Regional Injury Prevention Research Center

The Regional Injury Prevention Research Center (RIPRC) provides a multidisciplinary center for the prevention and control of injuries, including catastrophic and long-term disabling injuries, with attention to the rural environment. The center's overall goal is to develop injury control programs, which will ultimately reduce mortality, morbidity, and disability from injury in rural and other areas using a comprehensive and integrated approach that incorporates research, education, and intervention efforts.

Campus and College: Twin Cities, School of Public Health
Susan Gerberich
Bruce H. Alexander
+1 612 625 5934
Last updated: January 16, 2015

Regional Sustainable Development Partnership

The Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships (RSDP) connect greater Minnesota communities to the University of Minnesota in order to help solve problems and take advantage of new opportunities. As a part of University of Minnesota Extension, RSDP brings together local talent and resources with University of Minnesota knowledge and seed funding to drive sustainability in four areas: agriculture and food systemstourism and resilient communities,natural resources, and clean energy.

Campus and College: Twin Cities, Extension
Kathryn Draeger
Last updated: July 29, 2015

Remote Sensing and Geospatial Analysis Laboratory

Our mission is to advance the development and application of remote sensing and geospatial analysis to inventory and monitor natural resources and the environment through research and outreach. Much of the research is conducted in cooperation with public agencies in Minnesota. In addition, faculty associated with the RSGAL are actively involved with instruction and graduate education.

Joe Knight
+ 612 625 5354
Last updated: July 9, 2018

Renewable Energy and the Environment, Initiative for

A signature program of the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment, the Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment (IREE) seeks out the most promising new renewable energy ideas and distributes funding from Xcel Energy’s Renewable Development Fund and Conservation Improvement Program to provide them with the resources needed to bring them to life.  When the Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment (IREE) launched in 2003, topics like climate change, greenhouse gas emissions, biofuels and energy security were just entering the mainstream dialogue.  Since then, these issues have taken center stage in America and around the world. In the same way, IREE has quickly become a central part of Minnesota's renewable energy economy, mobilizing more than 400 experts around one vital mission:  To promote statewide economic development; sustainable, healthy and diverse ecosystems; and national energy security through development of bio?based and other renewable resources and processes. 

Lewis Gilbert
+1 612 626 9553
Last updated: July 29, 2015

Research Analytical Laboratory

The Research Analytical Laboratory serves university researchers, government agencies, and other public service groups, providing inorganic chemical analysis for soil, water, feeds, foods, compost, plant or animal tissue, and many other types of materials.

Brian Barber
+1 612 625 3101
Last updated: January 16, 2015

Research Animal Resources

The mission of Research Animal Resources is to:

  • provide for the care, health and well-being of animals used for research and education at the University;
  • administer to the animal-related needs of University researchers and educators through dissemination of knowledge and resources;
  • and serve the public by ensuring observance of all legal and ethical standards pertaining to the use of animals for research and education at the University.
Campus and College: Twin Cities, Academic Health Center
Cynthia Gillett
+1 612 624 9100
Last updated: August 13, 2015

Research Data Assistance Center

The Research Data Assistance Center (ResDAC) is a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services contractor that provides free assistance to academic, government and non-profit researchers interested in using Medicare and/or Medicaid data for their research. ResDAC is staffed by a consortium of epidemiologists, public health specialists, health services researchers, biostatisticians, and health informatics specialists from the University of Minnesota.

Campus and College: Twin Cities, School of Public Health
Marshall McBean
+1 888 9737322
Last updated: July 29, 2015

Research for Indigenous Community Health Center (RICH)

As an intercollegiate collaboration between the College of Pharmacy and the Medical School on the Duluth campus, RICH aims to provide an interdisciplinary center for research collaborations with Indigenous entities. RICH further aims to foster scholarly works that will identify health barriers and protective factors to increase healthcare equity for Indigenous patients.

Michelle Johnson-Jennings
Melissa Walls
+1 218 726 7130
Last updated: July 29, 2015

Research in Marketing, Institute for

The Institute for Research in Marketing at the Carlson School of Management leverages the expertise of the Carlson School's world class marketing faculty and an advisory board of practitioners from leading corporations to foster rigorous and relevant research that improves the science and practice of marketing.

Through outreach initiatives that include regular conferences and a web portal, the Institute provides a forum for dialogue among marketing scholars, industry practitioners, policymakers and students.

Wayne Mueller
+1 612 626 7940
Last updated: July 29, 2015

Research in Statistics and its Applications, Institute for

The mission of the Institute for Research in Statistics and its Applications is to promote research and training in all aspects of Statistics and Data Science, to foster the growth of collaborative and inter-disciplinary research involving Statistics, the Social Sciences and the Humanities, and to advance the use of proper statistical and data science methodology in all activities directed at the well-being of all inhabitants of this planet.
Singdahansu Chatterjee
+ 612 625 8046
Last updated: July 12, 2018

Restorative Justice and Peacemaking, Center for

Through restorative justice, victims, communities, and offenders are placed in active roles to work together to: Empower victims in their search for closure, Impress upon offenders the real human impact of their behavior, and Promote restitution to victims and communities.

Mark Umbreit
Last updated: July 29, 2015

Robert J. Jones Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC)

The Robert J. Jones Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC) links the University of Minnesota in public partnership with urban communities to advance learning, improve quality of life and discover breakthrough solutions to critical urban issues. A collaborative research and outreach hub located in the heart of North Minneapolis, UROC pursues its mission by identifying and supporting connections between University resources and community needs in the areas of economic and community development, education and life-long learning, and community health. 

Heidi Barajas
+1 612 626 8762
Last updated: August 11, 2017

Rock Magnetism, Institute for

The Institute for Rock Magnetism (IRM) is a national multiuser facility funded by NSF to provide the Earth Science research community with state-of-the-art facilities and technical expertise for magnetic material characterization. Visiting scholars and resident researchers use IRM resources to study contemporary topics in rock magnetism, paleomagnetism, and a broad range of interdisciplinary fields such as biomagnetism, paleoclimatology, and nanomagnetism.  IRM's instrumentation enables measurement of the magnetic properties of materials, including AC and DC magnetic moments and Moessbauer spectra, over a wide range of temperatures (4.2 K - 1000 K) and magnetic fields (10 microtesla - 5 T).  In addition, magnetic domain structures may be imaged by various means, including the magneto-optic Kerr effect (MOKE) and magnetic force microscopy (MFM).

Bruce Moskowitz
+1 612 624 5274
Last updated: July 29, 2015

Rural Design, Center for

The mission of the Center for Rural Design is to work with people to preserve, improve, and protect rural landscapes, cultures and communities through innovative design strategies.

Campus and College: Twin Cities, College of Design
Dewey Thorbeck
+1 612 871 7979
Last updated: January 16, 2015

Rural Entrepreneurial Studies, U of M Crookston Center for

The mission of the U of M Crookston Center for Rural Entrepreneurial Studies (CRES) is to encourage entrepreneurship through educational leadership, applied research, and insightful consulting. CRES achieves this by engaging undergraduate students, U of M Crookston faculty, and research facilities of the campus and local communities with regional entrepreneurs. CRES serves an eleven-county region in Northwest Minnesota.

Campus and College: Crookston
Rachel Lundbohm
+ 218 281 8190
Last updated: July 6, 2018

Rural Health Research Center

Our mission is to conduct policy relevant research that can be disseminated in an effective and timely manner to help shape the delivery and financing of rural health services. Our primary areas of research are quality of care in rural areas, rural health care systems and access to care, and rural health care financing.

Campus and College: Twin Cities, School of Public Health
Ira Moscovice
+1 612 624 8618
Last updated: July 29, 2015

Rural Mental Health Studies, Center for

The Center for Rural Mental Health Studies (CRMHS) seeks to better understand the factors that contribute to mental health and disorders in rural areas and the barriers to effective treatment. With that knowledge, we can generate better approaches to prevention, assessment, and treatment that fit in rural settings financially, culturally, and geographically.

Campus and College: Duluth
James Boulger
+1 218 726 7386
Last updated: August 21, 2015