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Guidelines for Centers and Institutes

The University has a diverse set of centers and institutes to support its research and academic missions. Selected initiatives and areas of expertise are organized by topic and supported through the Division of Research, and can be found at  The list below contains a searchable inventory organized by college or other oversight unit.

Creation of new entities should be guided by a formal proposal and should follow the University’s Policy and Procedures for the Establishment and Review of Academic and Research-based Centers and Institutes (IV-1.00(A)).  They are expected to be reviewed on a periodic basis for continued viability, relevance, compliance with safety and regulatory requirements, and contribution to the University’s mission. The University’s Research Council has developed guidelines for creation and review of centers and institutes in order to help units consider the necessary aspects of running and maintaining a vibrant collaboration. Click here to download these guidelines. 

Centers and Institutes

College/Division Center/Institute
AGNR Center for Agricultural and Natural Resource Policy
AGNR Center for Food Safety and Security Systems (CFS3) 
AGNR Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine (CPCVM)
AGNR Central Maryland Research & Education Center (CMREC) 
AGNR Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology, Inc.
AGNR Home and Garden Information Center (HGIC)
AGNR Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (JIFSAN) 
AGNR Lower Eastern Shore Research and Education Center - Salisbury (LESREC) 
AGNR Maryland 4-H Center 
AGNR Maryland Agricultural Experiment Station (MAES) 
AGNR Western Maryland Research and Education Center - Keedysville (WMREC) 
AGNR Wye Research and Education Center - Queenstown
ARCH National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education
ARCH Environmental Finance Center
ARHU Center for Political Communication and Civic Leadership
ARHU Center for Risk Communication Research 
ARHU Center for Studies in 19th Century Music
ARHU Maryland Language Science Center
ARHU Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
ARHU Consortium on Race, Gender, and Ethnicity (CRGE) 
ARHU David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora
ARHU Laboratory for Computational Linguistics and Information Processing (CLIP)
ARHU Latin American Studies Center (LASC) 
ARHU Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH)
ARHU Gildenhorn Insitute for Israel Studies
ARHU Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Studies
ARHU Center for the History of the New America
ARHU National Foreign Language Center (NFLC)  
ARHU Center for Synergy
ARHU Potomac Center for the Study of Modernity
ARHU Collaboratory for Visual Culture
ARHU Art Gallery
ARHU Center for Literary and Comparative Studies
ARHU Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) 
ARHU Center for Historical Studies (CHS) 
ARHU Roshan Institute for Persian Studies (formely Center for Persian Studies, The)
BMGT Center for the Study of Business Ethics, Regulation, and Crime (C-BERC)
BMGT Smith School Behavioral Laboratory
BMGT Financial Markets Laboratory
BMGT Center for Complexity in Business
BMGT Center for Digital Innovation, Technology and Strategy (DIGITS)
BMGT Center for Excellence in Service (CES) 
BMGT Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER)
BMGT Center for Health Information and Decision Systems (CHIDS)
BMGT Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship, The
BMGT Supply Chain Management Center (SCMC) 
BMGT Center for Social Value Creation
BMGT Center for Financial Policy
BSOS Hearing and Speech Clinic      
BSOS Interindustry Forecasting at the University of Maryland (InForUM) 
BSOS International Communication and Negotiation Simulations (ICONS) 
BSOS Maryland Population Research Center (MPRC)
BSOS National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Response to Terrorism  (START)
BSOS Psychology Clinic  
BSOS Center for Safe Solutions (CSS)
BSOS Maryland Neuroimaging Center
BSOS Joint Global Carbon Cycle Center
BSOS Center for Global Agricultural Research
BSOS Center for Geospatial Information Science
BSOS Chesapeake Bay Environment Program
BSOS Archaeology in Annapolis
BSOS Center for Addictions, Personality and Emotion Research
BSOS Center for American Politics and Citizenship (CAPC)
BSOS Center for Comparative and Evolutionary Biology of Hearing (C-CEBH) 
BSOS Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) 
BSOS Center for Heritage Resource Studies (CHRS) 
BSOS Center for Innovation
BSOS Center for International Development and Conflict Management (CIDCM) 
BSOS Center for International Economics (CIE) 
BSOS Center for Research on Military Organization (CRMO) 
BSOS Anthropology of the Immigrant Life Course Research Program
BSOS Center for Studies of Post-Communist Societies (CSPCS) 
BSOS Center for Substance Abuse Research
BSOS Global Land Cover Facility (GLCF) 
CMNS Center for Comparative and Evolutionary Biology of Hearing (C-CEBH) 
CMNS Joint Space-Science Institute (JSI)
CMNS Maryland Pathogen Research Institute (MPRI)
CMNS National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC)
CMNS Teaching and Learning Center (TLC)
CMNS Center for Automation Research (CfAR)
CMNS Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (CBCB) 
CMNS Center for Women in Computing
CMNS Center for Digital International Government (CDIG)
CMNS Center for High Energy Astrophysics
CMNS Center for Nanophysics and Advanced Materials (CNAM)
CMNS Center for Scientific Computation and Mathematical Modeling (CSCAMM) 
CMNS Combined Array for Research in Millimeter-wave Astronomy (CARMA)
CMNS Condensed Matter Theory Center (CMTC) 
CMNS Cooperative Institute for Climate Studies (CICS)
CMNS Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center (ESSIC)
CMNS East-West Space Science Center  
CMNS Fraunhofer Center
CMNS Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS)
CMNS Institute for Physical Science and Technology (IPST)
CMNS Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics (IREAP) 
CMNS Center for Health-related Informatics and Bioimaging (CHIB)
CMNS Joint Quantum Institute (JQI) 
CMNS Center for Experimental Fundamental Physics
CMNS Maryland NanoCenter
CMNS Maryland Center for Fundamental Physics
CMNS Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC)  
CMNS Maryland Cybersecurity Center (MC2)
CMNS Norbert Wiener Center for Harmonic Analysis and Applications
CMNS Nanostructures for Electrical Energy Storage (NEES)
EDUC Center for Chinese Language Teacher Certification and Development (CCLTCD)
EDUC Center for Early Childhood Education and Intervention (CECEI)
EDUC Center for Integrated Latent Variable Research (CILVR)
EDUC Center for Science and Technology in Education (CSTE)
EDUC Center for Mathematics Education
EDUC Institute for the Study of Exceptional Children and Youth
EDUC Center for Young Children (CYC) 
EDUC Maryland English Institute
EDUC Institute for Child Study
EDUC Maryland Equity Project (MEP)
EDUC Maryland Assessment Research Center (MARC)
EDUC Multilingual Research Center
EDUC Maryland Institute for Minority Achievement & Urban Education (MIMAUE) 
EDUC Maryland Language and Literacy Research Center (MLLRC)
EDUC Center for Children, Relationships, and Culture (CCRC) 
ENGR Alfred Gessow Rotorcraft Center for Education and Research
ENGR Bridge Engineering Software Center (BEST) 
ENGR Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering (CALCE)
ENGR Center for Advanced Transportation Technology (CATT)
ENGR Center for Dynamics and Control of Smart Structures (CDCSS)
ENGR Center for Engineering Concepts Development
ENGR Center for Environmental Energy Engineering (CEEE) 
ENGR Center for Firefighter Safety Research and Development
ENGR Center for Hypersonics and Research (CHR) 
ENGR Center for Minorities in Science and Engineering (CMSE) 
ENGR Center for Networking of Infrastructure Sensors (CNIS)
ENGR UMD NIST Center for Neutron Research
ENGR Center for Risk and Reliability (CRR) 
ENGR National Transportation Center
ENGR Center for Technology and Systems Management (CTSM) 
ENGR Maryland Water Resources Center
ENGR Composites Research Laboratory
ENGR Center for Disaster Resilience
ENGR Energy Research Center (UMERC)
ENGR Center for Orbital Debris Education and Research
ENGR Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics (IREAP)
ENGR Center of Excellence in Regulatory Science & Innovation (CERSI)
ENGR Institute for Systems Research (ISR) 
ENGR Light Scattering Center
ENGR Maryland Center for Automotive Research and Testing (MCART) 
ENGR Maryland Hybrid Networks Center
ENGR Nanostructures for Electrical Energy Storage (NEES)
ENGR Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (MTECH)
ENGR Maryland Transportation Technology Transfer Center
ENGR National Center of Excellence for Aviation Operations Research (NEXTOR)
ENGR Smart Materials and Structures Research Center (SMSRC) 
INFO Trace Research & Development Center
INFO Information Policy and Access Center
INFO Center for Advanced Study of Communities and Information (CASCI)
INFO Cloud Computing Center
JOUR International Center for Media & the Public Agenda, The (IMPCA) 
JOUR Future of Information Alliance
JOUR The Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism
PLCY Center for Integrative Environmental Research (CIER) 
PLCY Do Good Institute
PLCY Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM) 
PLCY Center for Public Policy and Private Enterprise (CPPPE) 
PLCY Center for Global Sustainability
SPHL Maryland Center for Health Equity
SPHL Horowitz Center for Health Literacy
SPHL University of Maryland Center on Aging (UMCA) 
SPHL Center on Young Adult Health and Development (CYAHD)
SPHL Center for Healthy Families
SPHL University of Maryland Prevention Research Center (UMD-PRC)
SVPAAP Institute for Bioscience & Biotechnology Research
SVPAAP DeVos Institute of Arts Management
SVPAAP Teaching and Learning Transformation Center
SVPAAP Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research (IBBR)
UGST Maryland Center for Undergraduate Research 
VPR Center for Advanced Study of Language (CASL)
VPR Center for Applied Policy Studies (UMCAPS)
VPR Center for Integrative Environmental Research (CIER) 
VPR Institute for Governmental Service and Research 
VPR Joint Global Change Research Institute
VPR Maryland Small Business Development Center (MDSBDC)