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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.