Research Centers & Institutes

Amherst Center for Fundamental Interactions advances research in theoretical and experimental physics at the interface of the Energy, Intensity, and Cosmic frontiers.

Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment connects individuals, industries, and government agencies with scientists and educators, and provides access to all agricultural expertise on campus.

Center for Applied Mathematics and Mathematical Computation engages faculty and students in research and instruction in applied mathematics and scientific computation.

Center for Geometry, Analysis, Numerics and Graphics (GANG) enables differential Geometry research team to compute, visualize, and experiment with geometric objects.

Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing (NSEC) develops nanostructured materials to manufacture next-generation devices that enhance information processing, energy conversion, and human health.

Center for Neuroendocrine Studies conducts research on the relationships among hormones, the brain, physiology, and behavior.

Center for Research on Families supports natural, social and behavioral sciences research on issues relevant to families.

Climate Systems Research Center performs research relating to global climate change.

Commonwealth Center for Forensics and Society develops and applies novel research and technology in forensics and privacy to address the interests of government, law, and society.

Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC) combines expertise in polymer science, engineering, materials chemistry, and physics to create polymer-based materials for harvesting solar energy.

Experimental Farms (totaling over 620 acres)

Fergus M. Clydesdale Center for Foods for Health and Wellness brings together scientists, educators, government agencies, and industry to identify solutions to food-related health issues.

Forest Properties (totaling over 2,000 acres) Adams Brook Forest; Cadwell Memorial Forest; Knight-Sabin Forest; Savage Hill Forest; Mt. Toby Forest.

Fueling the Future Center for Chemical Innovation (CCI) addresses research on fundamental aspects of proton transport to design better fuel cell membranes.

The Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS) provides interdisciplinary, entrepreneurial, and collaborative research through its three life sciences centers:

The Institute for Massachusetts Biofuel Research (TIMBR) develops cost-effective technologies for producing ethanol, alternative fuels, and value-added materials from biomass.

Large Millimeter Telescope (LMT) enables dramatic scientific advances in many areas of astronomy using the world's largest single dish telescope operating at millimeter wavelengths; a collaboration between UMass Amherst and Mexico.

Large Pelagics Research Center, a partnership with the Mass. Div. of Marine Fisheries and located in Gloucester’s Hodgkins Cove, the center uses state-of-the-art technologies to conduct biological and ecological research on pelagic species including tunas, sharks, billfish, and sea turtles.

Massachusetts Agricultural Experiment Station administers and distributes Federal Experiment Station funds.

Massachusetts Center for Renewable Science and Technology (MassCREST) focuses on research for efficient solar and fuel cells, produces hydrogen from water, and converts biomass to hydrocarbon fuel and biofuels.

Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) focuses on interdisciplinary education and research in polymer science.

Northeast Climate Science Center, housed at UMass Amherst, is a consortium of seven institutions across the Northeast Region (as defined by the USGS), each contributing significant and unique expertise to the Northeast Region's climate challenge.

Water Resource Resource Center supports interdisciplinary research, education, and outreach efforts on water resources issues of state, regional, and national importance.