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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UMore Park Academic Initiatives, Office for

The University of Minnesota Outreach, Research and Education (UMore) Park is the University's 5,000-acre property located 25 miles southeast of the Twin Cities in Dakota County. The vision to build a unique, sustainable, University-founded community of 20,000 to 30,000 people, a 25- to 30-year endeavor, was affirmed by the University's Board of Regents in December 2006.  The Office coordinates the integration of University research, education and public engagement into the planning and development of this new, sustainable community.  Academic strengths contribute to innovations in renewable energy, education and lifelong learning, health and wellness, the natural environment and regional economic development among other areas, under an umbrella of environmental, economic and social sustainability.

Campus and College: Twin Cities
Dale Glowa
+1 612 624 6252
Last updated: August 13, 2015

University Economic Development, Office of

The Office of University Economic Development serves as the public face for economic development at the University of Minnesota, helping external partners to connect with the resources, services and expertise at the university and its system campuses. Formerly known as the Office of Business Relations, the UED has strengthened and transformed this role to leverage more of the university’s expertise and innovation resources and have a broader impact on regional economies.


Maura Donovan
+1 612 626 3438
Last updated: August 16, 2016

University Imaging Centers

The University Imaging Centers (UIC) cores serve internal and external research clients in the design of imaging experiments, choice of and training on suitable imaging systems, and subsequent image processing, visualization and analysis. The UIC provides more than two dozen advanced imaging systems including: SIM and STORM super-resolution microscopy; macro spectral confocal microscopy; wide-field light and fluorescence microscopy;  spinning disk confocal; four (4) laser-scanning confocal microscopes; multi-photon/Second Harmonic Generation microscopes; total internal reflectance microscope (TIRF); laser capture micro-dissection; live cell imaging systems; scanning and transmission electron microscopy; whole animal fluorescence, bioluminescence and chemiluminescence imagers;  gel, print and film scanners;  poster printers; full sample preparation capabilities; along with 4 full-time and 4 part-time experienced staff members.

Mark Sanders
+1 612 624 345
Last updated: August 11, 2017

University Metropolitan Consortium

The mission of the University Metropolitan Consortium is to strengthen the University’s overall contribution to understanding metropolitan-urban-suburban issues by enhancing and extending the work of our existing programs and strengthening the University’s connections to those individuals, communities, and activities in Minnesota, the region, nationally, who are working with those issues on a daily basis.

Edward Goetz
Thomas Fisher
+1 612 624 8737
Last updated: August 13, 2015

University of Minnesota Informatics Institute

The University of Minnesota Informatics Institute (UMII) responds to the needs of the university community, and is shaped by the university community in partnership with public and private entities. UMII serves as the link to connect the research community to the services related to managing data across the data life cycle. UMII fosters and accelerates data-intensive research across the University system in agriculture, arts, design, engineering, environment, health, humanities, and social sciences through informatics services, competitive grants, and consultation.

Campus and College: University-Wide
Claudia Neuhauser
+ 612 625 9258
Last updated: February 13, 2018

Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center

The Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH) is a Center of Excellence in Agricultural Disease and Injury Research, Education, and Prevention funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). UMASH brings together unique and complimentary expertise to address existing and emerging occupational health and safety issues in agriculture.

Campus and College: Twin Cities, School of Public Health
Bruce H. Alexander
Jeffrey B. Bender
Matthew C. Keifer
+1 612 625 8836
Last updated: September 15, 2015

Urban and Regional Affairs, Center for

The Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) connects the resources of the University of Minnesota with the interests and needs of urban communities and the region for the benefit of all. CURA pursues its urban and regional mission by facilitating and supporting connections between state and local governments, neighborhoods, and nonprofit organizations, and relevant resources at the University, including faculty and students from appropriate campuses, colleges, centers or departments.

Edward Goetz
+1 612 625 1551
Last updated: August 13, 2015

Urban Ecology and Sustainability, Center for

CUES strives to educate landscape managers and urban residents about ways to embrace environmental stewardship by practicing sustainable management. A landscape managed through sustainable methods requires low inputs of labor, fertilizers, herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides. Excessive use of these chemicals can pollute surface and ground water and disturb natural ecosystem processes.

Vera Krischik
+1 612 625 7044
Last updated: July 29, 2015