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Research Centers and Programs

Research Centers and Programs

The vibrant research community at Illinois is home to a number of research centers, institutes, programs, and initiatives. Using innovative approaches, both disciplinary and interdisciplinary, our researchers work to translate insights on problems such as global sustainability, feeding the world, and fighting poverty and disease into innovative products and technologies, policy recommendations with impact, and advances in education and community engagement. 

This list is updated regularly and is representative, but not exhaustive. Please send updates to Melissa Edwards.

Research Centers and Programs at Illinois


ACDIS (Program in Arms Control and Domestic and International Security)
ADM Institute for the Prevention of Postharvest Loss
Advanced Digital Sciences Center
Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Center
Applied Research Institute
Assured Cloud Computing Center
Autonomous Materials Science Lab
Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology
Biophotonics Imaging Library
Botanical Estrogen Research Center
Cancer Center at Illinois
Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic BIology
Cellular and Molecular Mechanics and Bionanotechnology IGERT
Center for Advanced Study
Center for African Studies
Center for Brain Plasticity
Center for Children’s Books
Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment (CREA)
Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies
Center for Exascale Simulation of Plasma-Coupled Combustion
Center for Education in Small Urban Communities
Center for Global Studies
Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship
Center for Information Assurance Education
Center for Innovative Instrumentation Technology
Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Center for Microanalysis of Materials
Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology
Center for Nutrition, Learning and Memory
Center for One Health Illinois
Center for the Physics of Living Cells
Center for Plasma-Material Interactions
Center for Prevention Research and Development
Center for Research in Reproduction and Infertility
Center for Social and Behavioral Science
Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
Center for Translation Studies
Center on Health, Aging, and Disability
Center on Emergent Behavior of Integrated Cellular Systems
Child Development Laboratory
Children and Family Research Center
Children's Environmental Health Research Center
Cline Center for Advanced Social Research
Coordinated Science Lab
CyberGIS Center for Advanced Digital and Spatial Studies

Campuswide Interdisciplinary Research Institutes that report to the OVCRI

Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology
The Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, where groundbreaking research in neuroscience, materials science, imaging, language and literacy, and bioengineering has been conducted for more than 25 years. The institute provides space for collaborations from researchers in departments as diverse as engineering, speech and hearing science, psychology, computer science, physics, education, biochemistry, neuroscience, anthropology, and linguistics.

Cancer Center at Illinois
Illinois researchers are working to relieve the burden of cancer by developing better and cheaper ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat cancer. We are bringing together research teams to tackle tough cancer-related questions; educating the next generation of cancer researchers; working with cancer survivors to understand and respond to patient needs; and partnering with doctors, hospitals, and other health-related organizations to test new interventions—and making sure those discoveries quickly move from the lab to the clinic.

Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology
The IGB is dedicated to transformative research with program areas in systems biology, cellular and metabolic engineering, and genome technology. Pioneering advances in the life sciences, IGB’s unique facility stimulates discovery and collaboration among its world-class researchers, drawn from a broad range of disciplines in life and social sciences, engineering, law, and business.

Center for Social and Behavioral Sciences
Many of the most pressing issues facing modern society are social and behavioral problems. Poverty, health behavior change, globalization, food insecurity, lost human capital, and fast-paced technological innovation are challenges that are, at their core, social and behavioral science issues. The Center for Social and Behavioral Science addresses the grand challenges facing society using the deep social and behavioral science expertise housed at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Humanities Research Institute
HRI supports interdisciplinary study in the humanities, arts, and social sciences—work that leads to a deeper understanding of people, societies, artifacts, and events, locally as well as globally, in past and present contexts.

Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment
Founded in 2014, iSEE pursues actionable research to find solutions for the world’s pressing sustainability, energy, and environmental needs today and tomorrow. iSEE funds and shepherds research projects that will have an immediate and lasting impact in solving global grand challenges. As part of its three-pronged mission, the institute is also working to make the Illinois campus a model of sustainability, energy efficiency, and environmental friendliness for the world to emulate—and to educate and prepare students to be leaders in these fields when they leave campus.

Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute
As the uniting initiative for health sciences and technology on the Illinois campus, the IHSI supports faculty-driven research by organizing around health challenges, team-building, coordinating projects, and managing grant efforts. IHSI nurtures, builds, and maintains research communities in areas including cancer, precision medicine, and neuroscience. IHSI takes that a step further by fostering connections in these areas between academic researchers and clinical partners, providing outreach support, and creating educational opportunities. IHSI makes a point to fuse technological advances with health science research and fosters medical breakthroughs to help people help themselves.

National Center for Supercomputing Applications
NCSA focuses on digitally-enabled interdisciplinary research and is an international leader in high-performance computing and data-driven science. The center provides computing, data, networking, and visualization resources and expert support that help scientists, engineers, and scholars at Illinois and across the country better understand our world.

Prairie Research Institute
The Prairie Research Institute, a research organization with one of the nation's most diverse research portfolios, provides a unique balance of research, expertise, and data on the natural and cultural resource of Illinois to benefit the state’s economy, environment, and people. PRI is the umbrella organization for the state’s five scientific surveys: the Illinois Natural History Survey, the Illinois State Archaeological Survey, the Illinois State Geological Survey, the Illinois State Water Survey, and the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center.