Centers and Institutes

UMass Amherst is home to over 60 campus-based research centers and institutes spanning a wide array of disciplines and specialties. The foci of these centers and institutes align with UMass Amherst’s research strengths reflecting national, state, and regional priorities, including advanced materials and manufacturing; applied life sciences and health; data science and computational science; cognitive science; the arts and creative economy; energy, climate science, and sustainability; and equity and inclusion. Learn more and view a comprehensive list of centers and institutes.

Administrative Oversight and Processes

Research and Engagement supports and assists in the development and management of centers and institutes from preliminary stages through Faculty Senate approval. It also carries out regular reviews and reporting as required by the following university policy

To request interim or full approval of a new center or institute, see the box at right. To better understand the process, see the Interim Approval Flowchart (pdf) or the Full Approval Flowchart (pdf). Note: It is strongly recommended that initial work on a center or institute proposal be done to develop a sustainable financial model prior to seeking interim approval.