OVPR Centers & Institutes

 UGA Policy on Centers and Institutes

Bioenergy Systems Research Institute

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Facilitates collaborative basic and applied research projects across the bioenergy lifecycle; educates and trains the next generation alternative energy workforce; and engages public and private stakeholders in the development and dissemination of next-generation bioenergy technologies.

Biomedical and Health Sciences Institute


Promotes interdisciplinary research and instructional efforts in the fields of biomedical and health sciences.

Center for Applied Isotope Studies


A multidisciplinary organization dedicated to research and development of nuclear analytical technology, including a premier analytical laboratory and technical training for radioisotope and stable isotope analytical techniques.

Center for Molecular Medicine


Works to better understand the molecular and cellular basis of human disease, and then uses this information for the development of new therapies, cures and diagnostics.

Center for Tropical and Emerging Global Diseases


Drawing on a strong foundation of parasitology, immunology, cellular and molecular biology, biochemistry and genetics, CTEGD translates research results into medical and public health interventions for at-risk populations, and promotes international and biomedical research and educational programs.

Complex Carbohydrate Research Center


Optimizes cooperation and collaboration among disciplines (biomedical, plant, and microbial glycosciences, synthetic and analytical chemistry) both within the CCRC and with scientists world-wide, and fosters analytical service and training.

Developmental Biology Alliance


Furthers the study of development in all organisms and at all levels of life, represents and promotes communication among students of development, and promotes the field of developmental biology.

Faculty of Infectious Diseases


Addresses infectious disease threats to species and economies world-wide by integrating multidisciplinary research in animal, human, and ecosystem health, and by developing successful countermeasures, including vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics.

Faculty of Robotics


Advances the fundamental science and engineering involved in robotics, facilitates diverse robotic applications with profound societal impact, and enhances UGA’s prominence in the discipline of robotics by serving as a singular hub for research in robotics that brings together interested faculty and students from a variety of disciplines.

Georgia Initiative for Climate & Society

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Fosters a scientific community dedicated to improving our understanding of the complex processes and effects of climate variability and change on natural, managed, human-built, and societal systems, and develops effective and appropriate adaptation and mitigation strategies, solutions, information and tools.

William A. and Barbara R. Owens Institute for Behavioral Research


Stimulates, supports, and sustains innovation and infrastructure in the social and behavioral sciences by catalyzing innovative interdisciplinary research, fostering faculty careers, and encouraging and mentoring junior faculty.

Institute of Bioinformatics


Facilitates interactions and research collaborations between experimental biologists, technologists and computational/mathematical scientists to tackle complex biological problems, and trains the next generation of biologists in using computers and mathematical techniques to address biological problems.

Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center


Produces new materials and devices at nanometer scales to address emerging research and developing needs in national security, sensing and diagnostics, biomedical imaging, drug and vaccine development, cancer treatment, environmental and renewable energy applications.

Obesity Initiative

Obesity Initiative

Harnesses UGA’s diverse and extensive obesity-related instruction, research activities, and public service and outreach components to address the multi-faceted problem of obesity in Georgia.

The Plant Center

UGA Plant Center

Enhances the tradition of outstanding research in plant molecular biology and genetics with a focus on the growth, development and behavior of plants and their associated organisms, the organization, evolution and function of plant genomes, and the improvement of plants for agricultural or industrial uses.

Regenerative Bioscience Center


Focuses on using human stem cells for restoring damaged tissues throughout the body and speeding the discovery of new compounds, therapies and drug discovery tools to treat diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease.

Savannah River Ecology Laboratory


Pursues basic and applied research at multiple levels of ecological organization, from atoms to ecosystems. Located at the Savannah River site near Aiken, SC.

University of Georgia Cancer Center


Takes a broad-based and interdisciplinary approach to fighting cancer through diagnostics, therapeutics, vaccines and prevention and outreach.

University of Georgia Marine Institute

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Supports ongoing research by resident and visiting researchers in a broad range of disciplines and provides access and facilities for college classes to experience field research and gain an appreciation of the Georgia coast.

Willson Center for Humanities and Arts

Willson Center

Promotes scholarly inquiry and creative activity in the humanities and the arts by supporting faculty research grants, lectures, symposia, publications, visiting scholars, visiting artists, and public conferences, exhibitions, and performances.