Institutes and Centers

The University of Arizona’s more than 100 centers and institutes provide researchers with the infrastructure necessary to achieve far-reaching impacts. These institutions foster interdisciplinary collaboration among researchers, government, and industry, opening opportunities for research to influence public policy and contribute to economic development in Arizona and beyond.


BIO5 Institute

The BIO5 Institute tackles complex problems, using the collaborative power of five core research areas: agriculture, engineering, medicine, science, and pharmacy.

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Biosphere 2

The Biosphere 2 is a living laboratory for controlled scientific studies of Earth systems, an arena for scientific discovery and discussion, and a provider of public education.

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Center for the Philosophy of Freedom

The mission of the Freedom Center is to promote the understanding of the ideals of freedom and responsibility.

Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry

The Confluencenter is a research incubator for the arts, humanities, and social sciences, dedicated to fostering collaboration across disciplines.

Data Science Institute

The Data Science Institute (Data7) promotes the next generation of data-driven research by connecting and aligning expertise, resources, and infrastructure.

Defense and Security Research Institute

Designed as an interdisciplinary center of research with a global security emphasis, DSRI leverages UA's research strengths to better compete for external investment.

Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute

The Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute promotes understanding of the aging brain with the goal of achieving longer, fuller cognitive lives for all.

Institute for Energy Solutions

The IES creates safe, resilient, and secure energy solutions by advancing energy science, policy, and technology research and development.

Institute for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies

The Institute for LGBT Studies promotes LGBTQ research, curricula, and educational programming.

Institute of the Environment

The Institute of the Environment aims to identify and advance innovative solutions to environmental challenges in Arizona and around the world.

STEM Learning Center

The STEM Learning Center works to advance quality education programs in science, technology, engineering and math for the benefit of Arizona youth, educators, and employers.
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The Desert Laboratory on Tumamoc Hill

The Desert Laboratory on Tumamoc Hill is an 860-acre ecological reserve at the edge of downtown Tucson, Arizona. It serves as a living laboratory to facilitate understanding of the Sonoran Desert and arid environments.

Transportation Research Institute

The TRI is equipped with the interdisciplinary expertise necessary to address the challenges of an ever-evolving transportation ecosystem. 

Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy

The Udall Center connects scholarship with public policy related to the environment and indigenous nations. 

WEST Center

Built by Pima County, the Water & Energy Sustainable Technology (WEST) Center develops solutions to help communities deal with water scarcity and reuse.

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