Centers, Networks & Facilities

Partners and infrastructure speed you on your journey from idea to impact.

Find the collaborators, connections, and technology and tools you need through our centers and institutes, our scholarly networks and coalitions, and our technical facilities and partnerships. 

Centers and Institutes

Our campus-wide centers and institutes strengthen and enrich programs around our core missions of research, service, and instruction. They provide faculty, staff, and students with research opportunities, facilities, and support, and enhance involvement in public service and educational activities.

  • Center for Athlete Well-Being: The Center for Athlete Well-being aims to improve the well-being of athletes through the translation of prevention research to effective policies and practices. Working collaboratively with a wide variety of organizations and individuals (e.g., coaches, parents, sport administrators) that serve athletes, the Center provides evidence-based programming, training, technical assistance, research, and evaluation to support athlete well-being

  • Center for Community-Engaged Design: CC-ED fosters community-university partnerships for research into and design of the built and natural environments. Housed in the Department of Interior Architecture, the center collaborates with community partners, nonprofits, and municipal departments to apply innovative design thinking and methodologies to projects in underserved areas and for underrepresented populations around the Piedmont Triad.

  • Center for the Health of Vulnerable Populations: CHVP improves knowledge of health disparities and vulnerable populations through research, collaboration, and education. CHVP also hosts initiatives to alleviate those disparities, thus improving the health, access, quality of care, and quality of life of vulnerable populations. 

  • Center for Housing and Community Studies: CHCS brings a multidisciplinary, multi-method, community-engaged approach to complex and lasting social problems such as substandard housing, segregation, and homelessness. CHCS provides a point of contact for community partners, an opportunity for the practical education and training of UNCG students, and community-based evaluation and sustainable long-term regional planning.

  • Center for Industry Research and Engagement: Drawing on the expertise of faculty in the Bryan School of Business and Economics, CIRE performs high-quality applied research in economic policy and business practice, including economic-impact analyses, industry studies, regional economic profiles, feasibility studies, opinion surveys, program assessments, and updates of current economic conditions.

  • Center for New North Carolinians: CNNC advances the capacity of immigrants and refugees by building bridges between immigrant populations and existing communities throughout NC via community-based outreach and advocacy, educational programming, research and evaluation, immigrant and refugee leadership development, cultural brokering, and educational opportunities for faculty and students.

  • Center for Translational Biomedical Research: CTBR, located at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, NC, conducts research on the molecular mechanisms of disease pathogenesis and progression, identifying biomarkers for diagnosis, and discovering novel interventions for disease prevention and treatment.

  • Center for Women’s Health and Wellness: CWHW advances the health and wellness of all women and girls through collaborative research, educational programs, and community engagement. The center places strong emphasis promoting positive health, quality of life, and sense of well-being for girls and women of all ages, from all backgrounds and communities. 

  • Center for Youth, Family, and Community Partnerships: CYFCP builds the capacity of families, service providers, researchers, teachers, and communities to promote the well-being of children and youth. In partnership with the community, the center carries out basic, applied, and action research and translates research into effective programs and practice and policies to create positive outcomes for children and their families.

  • Institute for Community and Economic Engagement: ICEE recognizes the essential interconnections between scholarship and economic, cultural, and community engagement. The institute serves as a central communication hub about engagement activities, relationships, resources, scholarship, best practices, and outcomes. Explore the CollaboratoryTM, where UNCG faculty, staff, and community partners share their projects and impact. Grow relationships and activities through the Referral Desk, which connects callers with the right campus and community partners and resources.

  • Institute for Data, Evaluation, and Analytics: IDEA provides a visible and easily accessible point of contact for internal and external partners to access UNCG’s expansive expertise in data analytics, evaluation, research, consulting services, and technical assistance. IDEA supports UNCG and community, state, national, and international partners to meet their accountability goals and objectives and to increase their capacity to serve their constituencies.

  • Institute for Partnerships in Education: IPiE brings together educators, leaders and communities to advance equity and improve educational practice. Our goal is to eliminate educational inequality by establishing and sustaining mutual collaborations focused on creating solutions to persistent problems of practice.

  • Institute for Research Technologies: The purpose of the Institute is to accelerate research and innovation through state-of-art research facilities, and collaborative partnerships with industry driven by the brainpower of the JSNN faculty. The Institute will serve as a hub for convergence research strengthened by industry partnerships and academic expertise.

  • NC Entrepreneurship Center: NCEC helps entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses, and serves as a catalyst for the creation of sustainable and globally competitive enterprises in the Piedmont Triad, North Carolina, and beyond. NCEC promotes entrepreneurship across the campus and in the community through public service and community engagement, education, and research.

  • NC Sales Institute: NCSI promotes sales education and develops sales leaders through research, educational programs, and corporate partnerships. The institute was created to address demand for well-trained sales talent who can work within the global marketplace. The institute provides sales training to both UNCG students and members of the professional community.

  • SERVE education research center: The SERVE Center is a university-based research, development, dissemination, evaluation, and technical assistance center. From large-scale experimental studies to small-scale qualitative work on topics ranging from early childhood to high school reform, SERVE builds the capacity of educators and policymakers to improve educational outcomes for students of all ages.

Forming a Center

Access general guidelines, procedures, and forms regarding UNCG Institutes and Centers here.

Networks & Coalitions

Our research networks and coalitions foster interdisciplinary research and scholarly activities. Composed of faculty from the UNCG community whose scholarship and teaching reflect a core theme, these networks capitalize on and leverage the University’s strengths by coordinating and facilitating collaborations and enhancing research and teaching:

  • Atlantic World Research Network: AWRN fosters interdisciplinary research, teaching, and creative work that reflects on the peoples, cultures, and ecologies of the “Atlantic Rim” – Africa, Europe, and the Americas. AWRN provides leadership in transatlantic studies not only at UNCG and around our region, but around the Atlantic Rim and around the world, with partners from Britain, Spain and Brazil to Italy, France and Denmark, and from the Folger Institute on Capitol Hill to the US English-Speaking Union in Manhattan, .
  • Child and Family Research Network: CFRN is comprised of faculty and researchers from the UNCG community whose scholarship and teaching reflects a core concern for the welfare of children and families. CFRN facilitates collaboration and enhances scholarship, teaching, and service within the local, regional, national, and international community through workshops, funding opportunities, scholarly gatherings, and e-resources.
  • Coalition for Diversity in Language and Culture: The CDLC is composed of professors, staff, students, and community members who work collaboratively on year-round projects aimed at enhancing the educational opportunities and socio-cultural well-being of children, youth, and families from diverse language communities.
  • Ethiopian, East African and Indian Ocean Research Network: The EEAIO is a vibrant intellectual space for faculty and students to engage through research, coursework, conference panels, workshops, and public lectures in the histories, cultures, and societies of Ethiopia and East Africa, as part of the Indian Ocean world within the global African Diaspora.
    • Human Rights Research Network: The HRRN brings together scholars from UNCG, the community, and other colleges and universities to facilitate the long-term, on-going collaboration of and communication among individuals who work on human rights-related projects with either pedagogical or research orientations.
    • Humanities Network and Consortium: HNAC connects the university’s humanities scholars to one another and to the public, supports faculty research, and fosters interdisciplinary collaborations. HNAC helps students identify how humanities coursework translates into successful personal careers and public leadership, and shares work in wider contexts to support and improve our communities. Together our programs demonstrate how the humanities plays a crucial role in shaping and making meaning of our common lives.
    • Islamic Studies Research Network: ISRN is an educational research network designed to promote awareness and understanding of Islamic history and culture in North Carolina and in a wider, global context through a variety of events in the Greensboro area, including lectures, film screenings, and language workshops. The ISRN seeks to provide a virtual and non-virtual forum for scholars and students of Islam to connect and share ideas with each other and create new conversations across academic disciplines and fields of study. 
    • LGBTQI Education and Research Network: LEARN advances the health, wellness, and quality of life of the LGBTQI population through research, education, and community engagement. Through interdisciplinary networks of faculty, staff, and students from across the university and community agencies, LEARN promotes scholarship, education, practice, and policy in support of this mission.
    • Medicinal Chemistry Collaborative: MC2 leverages the creativity and expertise of diverse scientists to enhance the pace and broaden the collective impact of research examining the potentially beneficial chemical properties of plants, microorganisms, and other elements of the natural world.  The center serves as a resource for pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, helping to foster and maintain strong university-industry relationships and collaborations examining anticancer agents, antibiotics, and agrochemicals.
    • Network for the Cultural Study of Videogaming: NCSV connects scholars at UNCG and beyond who are invested in studying videogaming and their cultures. The network supports faculty and students by facilitating existing research and curriculum. Our programs and initiatives highlight videogaming and its scholarship as a rising force and place UNCG at the forefront of this cultural landscape.
    • Research and Instruction in STEM Education Network: The RISE Network is a coalition of educators and researchers involved in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education. RISE enhances and expands the already strong partnership between researchers and science, mathematics, and technology educators in the community and at UNCG. The network provides access to STEM funding and research opportunities, promotes working partnerships, offers a monthly lunch series, and sponsors special events such as workshops and guest speakers.
    • Violence Prevention Research Network: VPRN is an interdisciplinary network of UNCG faculty members with a wealth of expertise and experience in research, clinical practice, and community engagement related to understanding the dynamics of violence, including prevention and intervention strategies. Members represent a diverse group of professional disciplines, including psychology, public health, counseling, kinesiology, communication studies, conflict and peace studies, and information sciences, united around a shared goal of applying innovative, interdisciplinary research approaches to understanding and preventing interpersonal violence.

    Our technical facilities and partnerships include:

    Gateway University Research Park

    UNC Greensboro partnered with NC A&T to develop the Gateway University Research Park, which provides world-class laboratories and office space to businesses, universities, and the local community. In this uniquely collaborative environment, tenants and partners utilize shared resources for technological progress, including a T3 MRI, the largest electron microscope in the Southeast, and a state of the art materials testing center. The campus also provides support in turning intellectual property into thriving businesses in areas of life and physical science, engineering, and other applied sciences.

    Gateway houses several ventures led or co-led by UNC Greensboro:

    • Gateway UNCG MRI Center for Functional and Molecular Imaging: At the center, imaging scientists collaborate across disciplines to develop new approaches for examining anatomical and functional connectivity in neural circuits and to explore emerging frontiers in neural engineering.
    • Joint School for Nanoscience and Nanoengineering: The JSNN is an academic collaboration between UNC Greensboro and NC A&T, that offers innovative, cross-disciplinary graduate programs and research opportunities in nanobioscience, nanometrology, nanomaterials, nanobioelectronics, nanoenergy, and computational nanotechnology.
    • SERVE Center: UNC Greensboro’s education research, evaluation, and technical assistance center works with educators and policy makers at the local, state, and national levels.

    North Carolina Research Campus

    UNCG is a member of the North Carolina Research Campus, a public-private partnership forged by corporations, universities, and healthcare organizations to transform science at the intersection of human health, nutrition, and agriculture. At the 350-acre campus just north of Charlotte, researchers in UNC Greensboro’s Center for Translational Biomedical Research are developing new approaches to the prevention and treatment of illnesses such as diabetes and fatty liver disease.

    Technology and Data Institute

    UNCG is part of the Technology and Digital Institute, which is committed to transforming the Piedmont Triad into a smart and connected region where communities and innovation will flourish through shared technology and data. TDI is a regional public service institute leading a collaborative effort to ensure that everyone — scientists, researchers, entrepreneurs, communities, K-12 students in underserved areas — has the digital infrastructure needed to thrive.

    Core Labs

    Biomolecular Simulation and Bioinformatics Core Lab

    JSNN Advanced Microscopy Core

    JSNN Analytical Chemistry Core

    JSNN Computational Modeling Core

    JSNN Micro and Nanofabrication Core

    JSNN Soft Matter & Nanobiology Core

    Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Facility

    Triad Mass Spectrometry Laboratory