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Research Centers, Institutes, and Programs

Northeast Climate Adaption Science Center: Civil and Environmental Engineering Department Head Richard Palmer is the principal investigator for the new Northeast Climate Adaption Science Center, based at UMass Amherst. The center was created with a $7.5 million federal grant from the Department of Interior to study how climate change affects ecosystems, wildlife, water, and other natural resources from Maine to Missouri.

The UMass Amherst Institute for Applied Life Sciences: Nearly 100 faculty members the College of Engineering, College of Natural Sciences, and the School of Public Health and Health Sciences and 16 departments at UMass Amherst conduct research and engage in hands-on education and training through IALS. There are three centers in IALS: the Center for Models to Medicine, Center for Bioactive Delivery, and Center for Personalized Health Monitoring.

The Center for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere (CASA): In 2003 CASA became the crown jewel in the College of Engineering's system of research centers after it went through a rigorous nationwide competition to secure $17 million in funding from the highly selective National Science Foundation, with additional support from the Commonwealth and industrial partners of more than $25 million.

The Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (CEERE): CEERE provides technological and economic solutions to environmental problems resulting from energy production, land-use practices, and industrial, manufacturing, or commercial activities.

Wind Energy Center: The University of Massachusetts Wind Energy Center is a leading institution in wind energy engineering nationally and internationally. Since 1972, the Center has worked diligently to maintain and enhance its important wind energy education programs and research activities.

Elaine Marieb Center for Nursing and Engineering Innovation: Supports innovation through the intersection of nursing & engineering to address unrecognized and unarticulated needs and to ensure that clinical outcomes research serves as the foundation for validating the effectiveness of innovations.

Energy Transition Institute (ETI):   Though ETI, UMass Amherst research experts and world-renowned scholars embark on stakeholder-engaged research and education at the intersection of energy technology and social equity.  

MassNanoTech: MassNanoTech is UMass Amherst's campus-wide institute for nanoscale science and engineering. The center coordinates research on nanoscale materials, devices, and systems; collaborates with industry; advances nanotechnology commercialization; educates students; and fosters outreach activities.

The Microwave Remote Sensing Laboratory (MIRSL): MIRSL has been developing a wide range of microwave sensors to remotely sense many different kinds of geophysical processes.

The National Science Foundation Center for e-Design and Realization of Engineered Products and Systems (e-Design Center): The e-Design Center's mission is to serve as a national center of excellence in IT-enabled design and realization of discrete manufactured products.

The Robotics Cluster of Excellence provides a unique collaborative research environment to nurture future robotics engineers who have innovative ideas, broad and systematic perspectives, and a collaborative research attitude.

The University of Massachusetts Transportation Center (UMTC): UMTC is responsible for promoting transportation research and outreach services that engage academic resources throughout the University of Massachusetts System.

The University of Massachusetts Traffic Safety Research Program (UMassSAFE): UMassSAFE is a multidisciplinary traffic safety research program housed in the University of Massachusetts Transportation Center in the College of Engineering. At UMassSAFE, we seek to reduce the frequency and severity of crashes through the rigorous examination of safety-related data – both traditional and nontraditional – to better understand crashes, driver behavior, and related factors.

The Water Innovation Network for Sustainable Small Systems (WINSSS): WINSSS brings together a national team of experts to transform drinking water treatment for small water systems to meet the urgent need for state-of-the-art innovation, development, demonstration, and implementation of treatment, information, and process technologies in part by leveraging existing relationships with industry through the Massachusetts Water Cluster.

The University of Massachusetts Cybersecurity Institute is the multi-disciplinary focal point for security research and education at UMass. The driving mission of the Institute is to advance Security for the Common Good. Researchers and educators that are a part of the Institute lead projects and courses that help society, including increasing privacy, protecting personal information, thwarting exploitation of the vulnerable, and increasing access to the Internet.  Working with partners in government, industry, and academia, the Institute seeks to advance scientific and societal understanding of pressing issues in the field.