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 Institute on Race & Poverty (IRP) investigates the ways that policies and practices disproportionately affect people of color and the disadvantaged. A core purpose for IRP's work is to ensure that people have access to opportunity. Another is to help the places where people live develop in ways that promote access to opportunity and help maintain regional stability.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 systems, tourism and resilient communities,natural resources, and clean energy.
The mission of the Remote Sensing and Geospatial Analysis Laboratory (RSGL) is to advance the development and application of remote sensing and geospatial analysis to inventory and monitor natural and environmental resources through research and outreach. Much of the research is conducted in cooperation with public agencies in Minnesota.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.