Selected Institutes, Centers, and Initiatives

University of Maryland


Guidelines for the Establishment and Review of Academic and Research-Based Centers and Institutes

Advanced Computing, Informatics, and Data Science

  • University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS)
    The mission of UMIACS is to catalyze research in computing and interdisciplinary applications of computing. UMIACS has fostered and enhanced strong interdisciplinary research programs which have greatly facilitated our national and international leadership role in multi-disciplinary computing.

  • Center for Geospatial Information Science (CGIS)
    CGIS researchers are constantly engaging in research to serve the center mission to shape the next-generation of geospatial information science.

  • Human-Computer Interaction Lab (HCIL)
    The HCIL develops advanced user interfaces and design methodology. Primary activities include collaborative research, publication and the sponsorship of open houses, workshops and symposiums.

  • Social Data Science Center (SoDa)
    The Social Data Science Center (SoDa) at the University of Maryland leverages UMD’s substantial strengths in survey methods, measurement, information management, visualization, and analytics to conduct research, provide education, and work with partners to advance social data science and measurement.

  • Center for Machine Learning
    The University of Maryland Center for Machine Learning is a multidisciplinary center that uses powerful computing tools to address challenges in big data, computer vision, health care, financial transactions and more.

  • Center for Research and Exploration in Space Science &Technology II (CRESST II)
    The Center for Research and Exploration in Space Science and Technology II (CRESST II) is a collaboration between NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) and the University of Maryland, College Park; University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Catholic University of America; Howard University; and Southeastern Universities Research Association. The overall goal of CRESST II is to support and enhance research and technology in the space sciences in support of NASA's strategic science mission objectives.

  • Center for Scientific Computation and Mathematical Modeling (CSCAMM)
    The primary goal of the Center for Scientific Computation and Mathematical Modeling (CSCAMM) is to foster research and educational activities that highlight novel computational algorithms and mathematical modeling and their interplay with physical science, biological science, and engineering.

  • Center for Automation Research
    Contains the Computer Vision Laboratory and the Laboratory for Language and Media Processing at the University of Maryland.

  • Joint Center for Quantum Information and Computer Science (QuICS)
    QuICS advances research and education in quantum computer science and quantum information theory, aiming to understand and advance the power of quantum systems to process information.


  • Center for Environmental Energy Engineering
    CEEE provides innovative solutions to industry's research and development challenges and cost-effective, timely technology transfer. CEEE has developed a highly flexible and task-oriented consortium structure that emphasizes pre-competitive research.

  • Nanostructures for Electrical Energy Storage (NEES) EFRC
    The group's focus is developing highly ordered nanostructures that offer a unique testbed for investigating the underpinnings of storing electrical energy.

  • Maryland Energy Innovation Institute
    A multidisciplinary initiative dedicated to advancing the frontiers of energy science and technology, with a special focus on forward-looking approaches for alternative energy generation and storage.

Engineering and Systems

  • Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering (CALCE)
    The largest electronic products and systems research center focused on electronics reliability, is dedicated to providing a knowledge and resource base to support the development of competitive electronic components, products and systems.

  • Maryland Transportation Institute (MTI)
    The Maryland Transportation Institute is a catalyst for high-caliber transportation research, education, and technology transfer, delivering on the mission to improve quality of life and economic development in Maryland and beyond.

  • Center for Advanced Transportation Technology
    The activities of the Center cover a diverse set of topics such as transportation performance measures, transportation system management and operations, data visualization, data fusion, systems engineering, project management, and interoperability of first responders.

  • Institute for Systems Research (ISR)
    ISR was one of the pioneers in creating tools which address the need to analyze and simulate new types of automated, distributed, adaptable, resilient, extensible and economically competitive systems.

  • Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute (MFRI)
    The State's comprehensive training and education system for emergency services. The Institute plans, researches, develop, and delivers quality programs to enhance the ability of emergency services providers to protect life, the environment, and property. MFRI is the State's fire and emergency service training agency.

  • Maryland NanoCenter
    The Maryland NanoCenter is the hub of a network of interdisciplinary researchers, faculty, labs, and organizations with the goal of advancing the knowledge and understanding of all things nano.

  • Maryland Robotics Center
    An interdisciplinary research center housed in the Institute for Systems Research within the A. James Clark School of Engineering. The mission of the center is to advance robotic systems, underlying component technologies, and applications of robotics through research and educational programs that are interdisciplinary in nature and based on a systems approach.

Environment and Climate

  • Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center (ESSIC)
    The goal of ESSIC is to enhance our understanding of how the atmosphere, ocean, land, and biosphere components of the Earth interact as a coupled system and the influence of human activities on this system. This is accomplished via studies of the interaction between the physical climate system and biogeochemical cycles

  • Joint Global Change Research Institute
    JGCRI houses an interdisciplinary team dedicated to understanding the problems of global climate change and their potential solutions. One of the strengths of the Joint Institute is a network of domestic and international collaborators that encourages the development of global and equitable solutions to the climate change problem.

  • National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC)
    The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center is a research center dedicated to creating synthetic, actionable science related to the structure, functioning, and sustainability of socio-environmental systems.

  • Center for Global Sustainability
    The Center for Global Sustainability (CGS) at the University of Maryland utilizes a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach to deliver research, education, and engagement for policy impact.

  • National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education
    A non-partisan center for research and leadership training on smart growth and related land use issues in Maryland, in metropolitan regions around the nation, and in Asia and Europe.

  • Maryland Population Research Center
    The cross-disciplinary research interests of our faculty allow the Center to make a unique contribution to the field of population studies and to develop a variety of young scholars and encourage scholars from allied fields to engage in population-related research through research support, training, and mentoring.

Civic Engagement, Democracy, and Policy

  • Center for Democracy and Civic Engagement (CDCE)
    The Center for Democracy and Citizen Engagement (CDCE) educates, informs, and engages citizens and scholars in order to improve democratic governance.

  • Institute for Governmental Service and Research
    The Institute for Governmental Service and Research (IGSR) is dedicated to improving the well-being of individuals and communities through its work in areas of public health and safety, justice administration, health information technologies, leadership and governance, and fiscal and land use management. IGSR partners with local governments, state and federal agencies, university researchers, and community organizations on projects that strengthen government effectiveness and efficiency, promote evidence-based practices, and improve policy and outcomes. The Institute performs evaluation studies, opinion surveys, data analysis, strategic planning consultation, training, and technical assistance.

  • Center for Global Migration Studies
    The Center for Global Migration Studies (CGMS) is an interdisciplinary home for the study of migration and immigration around the world both today and in the past. The center provides a distinctive institutional home for interdisciplinary research, for training faculty and students and for distributing information about the migrant experience to a broad public.

Crime and Social Policy Research

  • SAFE Center for Human Trafficking Survivors
    The University of Maryland Support, Advocacy, Freedom, and Empowerment (SAFE) Center for Human Trafficking Survivors provides survivor-centered and trauma-informed services that empower trafficking survivors to heal and reclaim their lives. The SAFE Center aims to prevent trafficking and better serve survivors through research and policy advocacy.

  • Maryland Crime Research and Innovation Center (MCRIC)
    Launched with support from the Governor’s Office of Crime Prevention, Youth, and Victim Services, the Maryland Crime Research and Innovation Center (MCRIC) at the University of Maryland provides research and data analysis to inform crime reduction strategy and policy to help make Maryland communities safer.  The Center provides academic expertise, conducts research, integrates data, builds partnerships between government, academia, and industry, and develops and evaluates innovative criminal justice strategies aimed at preventing and reducing crime.

Health and Biomedical Research

  • Brain and Behavior Institute (BBI)
    The mission of the Brain and Behavior Institute (BBI) at the University of Maryland is to maximize existing strengths in neuroscience research, education, and training at the University of Maryland and to elevate campus neuroscience through innovative, multidisciplinary approaches that expand our research portfolio, advance the translation of basic science, and develop novel tools and approaches to solve some of the most pressing problems related to nervous system function and disease.

  • Center for Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation
    UMD researchers work with FDA staff to support the development of new tools, standards and approaches to assess the safety, efficacy, quality and performance of FDA-regulated products.

  • Center for Substance Abuse Research
    The Center for Substance Abuse Research (CESAR), at the University of Maryland at College Park, is dedicated to addressing the problems substance abuse creates for individuals, families, and communities.

  • Center for Food Safety and Security Systems
    CFS3 was established to assemble and coordinate the university's extensive research, education, and outreach capabilities in order to make meaningful improvements in food protection, regionally, nationally and internationally.

  • Center for Health Information and Decision Systems
    CHIDS is an academic research center designed to research, analyze, and recommend solutions to challenges surrounding the introduction and integration of information and decision technologies into the health care system.

  • Center for Health Literacy
    Staff work to advance health literacy science and translate research findings in to education, public policy, and community interventions, to be a resource and a voice for consumers, legislators, media, and health practitioners, to educate current and emerging public health workforce on health literacy and health communication and to promote and encourage community engagement to improve health literacy in Maryland and across the country.

  • Center for Health-Related Informatics and Bioimaging
    A new center that combines advanced computing resources at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) with clinical data and biomedical expertise at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) could soon revolutionize the efficiency and effectiveness of health care in the state of Maryland and beyond. The Center for Health-related Informatics and Bioimaging (CHIB) announced today joins computer scientists, life scientists, engineers, physicists, biostatisticians and others at the College Park campus with imaging specialists, physicians, clinicians and additional health experts in Baltimore.

  • Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
    A multidisciplinary center dedicated to research on questions arising from the genome revolution, organized as a center within the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS).

  • Maryland Neuroimaging Center
    The center has been designed to foster collaboration among neuroscientists, psychologists, cognitive scientists, engineers, and physicists. A special focus of the center is on understanding mechanisms of brain development and neural plasticity in typical and atypical populations and in understanding the neural mechanisms underlying expert abilities that serve critical national priorities.

  • Maryland Center for Health Equity
    Works to to establish and sustain a community engaged research enterprise on critical health disparities, to raise the visibility of racial and ethnic health disparities and promising solutions with Marylanders and to facilitate action for change in the structural determinants of health in Maryland.

  • Maryland Pathogen Research Institute
    Collaborations within MPRI share the goal of developing a comprehensive program to diagnose, treat and prevent the spread of pathogens.

  • Neuroscience and Cognitive Sciences (NACS) Program
    The Program in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science at the University of Maryland offers research and training opportunities in neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience and computational neuroscience with internationally-renowned faculty who interact among three campuses: in Baltimore City, at Baltimore County and at College Park.

  • Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research (IBBR)
    The mission of IBBR is to leverage collective research strengths of the partnering institutions in medicine, biosciences, technology, quantitative sciences and engineering, to foster integrated, cross-disciplinary team approaches to scientific discovery and education, and to serve the expanding economic base of biosciences and technology in the state of Maryland and the Nation.

  • University of Maryland Prevention Research Center
    Works to reduce health disparities in Maryland along the national capital border.

Information and Digital Humanities

  • Future of Information Alliance
    By identifying shared challenges and encouraging innovative solutions, the Alliance seeks to facilitate a future in which information in all its forms can be an effective resource for everyone.

  • Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH)
    A leading digital humanities center that pursues disciplinary innovation and institutional transformation through applied research, public programming, and educational opportunities.

International Studies

  • Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland
    CISSM is well connected to policy debates and practitioners, and offers its researchers and students opportunities to develop broad perspectives on security, economic, and international development issues. It is also committed to developing in the next generation of U.S. and foreign security experts a deep-rooted understanding of the imperatives of cooperative security, as well as the professional tools needed to identify and implement practical solutions to complex security challenges.

  • Center for International Development and Conflict Management
    CIDCM seeks to prevent and transform conflict, to understand the interplay between conflict and development, and to help societies create sustainable futures for themselves.


  • Computational Linguistics and Information Processing (CLIP) Lab
    The CLIP laboratory at Maryland is engaged in designing algorithms and building systems which allow computers to effectively and efficiently perform human language-related tasks and is part of the broader language science initiative at Maryland. The lab is a part of the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS).

  • National Foreign Language Center (NFLC)
    UMD's National Foreign Language Center weighs-in on the importance of language programs in universities.

  • Language Science Center
    The mission of the Language Science Center is to advance language science at the University of Maryland and beyond, through integrated research and training that links fundamental science with applications in education, technology, and health.

Physical Sciences

  • Institute for Physical Science and Technology (IPST)
    The Institute provides support for theoretical and experimental research in areas at the intersection of traditional disciplines. Current research programs are in the areas of Applied Mathematics, Biophysics, Chaotic Dynamics, Chemical Physics, Optical Physics, Space Physics, Scientific Computation, and Statistical Physics.

  • Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics (IREAP)
    The mission of IREAP is to advance modern science through research and educational programs that are interdisciplinary between physical science and engineering.

  • Joint Quantum Institute
    Performs major experimental and theoretical research programs that are dedicated to the goals of controlling and exploiting quantum systems.

  • Joint Space Science Institute
    The Joint Space-Science Institute is a research partnership between the Astronomy and Physics departments at University of Maryland (UMD) and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. It was created in 2010 to foster interdisciplinary collaborations between astronomers, physicist and astrophysicists in fields related to the study of strong gravity in black holes, high-energy astrophysics and astroparticle physics, cosmology and gravitational waves.

  • Laboratory for Physical Sciences
    A unique facility where university and federal government personnel collaborate on research in advanced communication and computer technologies.

  • Geospatial-Information Science and Remote Sensing
    Faculty work to develope and apply advanced remote sensing capabilities and GI Science that will help to develop the next generation of GI technologies and understanding of the world’s geography.

Security and Defense

  • Applied Research Laboratory for Intelligence and Security (ARLIS)
    ARLIS is the only Department of Defense University-Affiliated Research Center (UARC) designed to serve the defense security and intelligence community (IC) and is the only UARC located in the heart of the National Capital Region.  ARLIS’s unique foci on social and sociotechnical systems, augmentation, and human-machine symbiosis is unique in service to the defense security and intelligence enterprise.  ARLIS is the only UARC with core competencies in social science and human-centered systems.

  • National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START)
    A university-based research center committed to the scientific study of the causes and human consequences of terrorism in the United States and around the world.

  • Maryland Cybersecurity Center (MC2)
    MC2 partners with government and industry to provide educational programs to prepare the future cybersecurity workforce, and develop new, innovative technologies to defend against cybersecurity attacks.

  • National Cybersecurity FFRDC
    Partnership with National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), The MITRE Corporation and the University System of Maryland solely dedicated to enhancing cybersecurity and protecting national information systems.

  • Supply Chain Management Center
    Works to continue integration of the leading edge business practices and technologies of the real-time supply chain into the undergraduate and graduate programs in Supply Chain Management at the Smith School.



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Did You Know

UMD's START Center created the world’s largest unclassified database on terrorism incidents, the Global Terrorism Database (GTD).