Blending the passions of exceptional teachers and scholars across disciplines to make the world a better place

Centers and institutes

Arizona State University is home to various centers and institutes that blend the passions of exceptional teachers and scholars across disciplines. Our centers and institutes address large, complex problems and challenges facing society in hopes of finding solutions and making the world a better place.

From pursuing cutting-edge research in earth and space exploration, developing quick solutions to fight new infectious diseases, to studying implications of new discoveries on public policy and democracy, our centers and institutes are working toward positive change locally, nationally, internationally and beyond.

Senior administration


Office of the President

Biodesign Institute

Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability

Global Security Initiative

Global Sports Institute

University Provost

Academic units


Design and the Arts

Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

Ceramics Research Center

Herberger Institute



Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

Adaptive Intelligent Materials and Systems Center (AIMS)

Advanced Technology Innovation Center (ATIC)

Algae Testbed Public-Private Partnership (ATP3)

Alliance for Construction Excellence (ACE)

Arizona Center for Algae Technology and Innovation (AzCATI)

Arizona Initiative for Nano-Electronics (AINE)

ASU NanoFab *Dual with Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability

Biodesign Center for Environmental Health Engineering (CES) *Dual with Biodesign Institute

Building Reliable Advances and Innovation in Neurotechnology Center (BRAIN)

Center for Adaptive Neural Systems

Center for Applied Nanoionics

Center for Assured and Scalable Data Engineering (CASCADE)

Center for Bioelectronics and Biosensors (BB Center)

Center for Bio-mediated and Bio-inspired Geotechnics (CBBG)

Center for Biomolecular Integrated Circuits (CBIC)

Center for Biosignatures Discovery Automation *Dual with Biodesign Institute

Center for Cognitive Ubiquitous Computing (CUbiC)

Center for Computational Nanoscience *Dual with Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability

Center for Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics *Dual with Global Security Initiative

Center for Efficient Vehicles and Sustainable Transportation Systems (EV-STS)

Center for Embedded Systems

Center for Environmental Fluid Dynamics

Center for Negative Carbon Emissions (CNCE)

Center for Photonics Innovation (CPI)

Center for Teaching Old Models New Tricks (U.S. Department of Transportation University Transportation Center)

Center for Wireless Information Systems and Computational Architectures (WISCA)

Connection One - Integrated Circuits, Systems, and Sensors Research Center

Flexible Electronics and Display Center (FEDC)

Freedm Systems Engineering Research Center (FREEDM)

Information Assurance Center

Metris Center – Center for Infrastructure and Sustainable Engineering

Nanotechnology Enabled Water Treatment Systems Center (NEWT)

National Center of Excellence on SMART INNOVATIONS *Dual with Julie Ann Wrigley GIS

Partnership for Research in Spatial Modeling (PRISM)

Pavement Analysis and Design Center

Power Systems Engineering Research Center (PSERC)

Quantum Energy and Sustainable Solar Technologies (an NSF-DOE Engineering Research Center QESST)

Sensor, Signal and Information Processing Center (SenSIP)

Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology*

Water and Environmental Technology Center (WET)

Future of Innovation in Society

Health Solutions

Integrative Sciences and Arts

College of Integrative Sciences and Arts

Center for the Study of Race and Democracy


Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism


Liberal Arts and Sciences

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Center for Political Thought and Leadership

Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics *Dual with Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability

Origins Project *Dual with the Office of the Provost

Simon A. Levin Mathematical, Computational and Modeling Sciences Center

Division of Humanities

Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (ACMRS)

Center for Asian Research

Center for Film, Media and Popular Culture

Center for Jewish Studies

Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict

Confucius Institute

Hispanic Research Center

Institute for Humanities Research

Project Humanities

Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing

Division of Natural Sciences

Beyond: Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science

Biodiversity Knowledge Integration Center (BioKIC)

Center for Biodiversity Outcomes *Dual with Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability

Center for Bioenergy and Photosynthesis

Center for Biological Physics

Center for Biology and Society

Center for Education Through eXploration

Center for Meteorite Studies

Center for Practice, Research and Innovation in Mathematics Education (PRIME)

Global Drylands Center *Dual with Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability

REACH Institute: Research and Education Advancing Children’s Health

School of Life Sciences

Center for Evolution and Medicine

Division of Social Sciences

American Indian Policy Institute *Dual with Education and Law

Center for Digital Antiquity

Center on the Future of War

Institute for Social Science Research

Institute of Human Origins

Melikian Center: Russian, Eurasian and East European Studies

Spatial Analysis Research Center (SPARC)

Urban Climate Research Center

Hugh Downs School of Human Communication

Center for Strategic Communication

School of Human Evolution and Social Change

Center for Archaeology and Society

        Center for Bioarchaeological Research

Center for Global Health

School of Social and Family Dynamics

       Center for Child and Family Success

School of Social Transformation

Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology (CGEST)

Center for Indian Education

New College

New College for Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences

Center for Critical Inquiry and Cultural Studies (CCICS)

Nursing and Health Innovation

Public Service and Community Solutions

* Dual departments