Centers and Institutes

The Office of Research provides support and oversight for a number of multidisciplinary research centers and institutes across the university.

Academic Centers

Academic centers are supported primarily by the Office of Research or jointly in collaboration with participating colleges.

  • The internationally recognized Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center (BPCRC) is named in honor of Admiral Richard E. Byrd, America’s most famous polar explorer. Research focuses on the role of cold regions in the Earth’s overall climate system.
  • The Center for Emergent Materials (CEM) is part of a network of Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers funded by the National Science Foundation. Multidisciplinary teams perform integrated research on emergent materials and phenomena in magneto electronics to create new paradigms in computing and information storage.
  • The Center for Lake Erie Area Research (CLEAR), home of the Ohio Sea Grant program, studies issues related to water quality, fisheries and sustainable development along the Lake Erie coastline. CLEAR, housed at Stone Laboratory on Gibraltar Island, is the nation’s oldest freshwater biological field station and the center of Ohio State’s teaching and learning on Lake Erie.
  • The Center for RNA Biology houses the single largest group of RNA experts in the country. The center is building on the university’s existing strengths in RNA biology to advance life sciences research and education. 
  • The Global Water Institute (GWI) provides sustainable systems solutions for communities facing water resource challenges. GWI integrates research, education and extension to tackle specific water resource issues with global applications.
  • The Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) harnesses Ohio State’s history of excellence in infectious disease and microbiology research, education and outreach to address the compelling challenge of infectious disease to human, animal, plant and environmental health.
  • The Institute for Materials Research (IMR) is the gateway to Ohio State’s materials-allied research enterprise. Signature research areas include photovoltaics, magnetoelectronics, biomaterials and biosensors, computation materials and polymers.

Core Facilities

  • The Campus Chemical Instrument Center (CCIC) provides state-of-the-art research facilities to the Ohio State research community in the areas of nuclear magnetic resonance, mass spectrometry and proteomics.
  • The Campus Microscopy and Imaging Facility (CMIF) offers a full range of microscopy for university faculty, staff and students as well as researchers outside the university.

State of Ohio Facilities

These centers, housed at Ohio State, are funded directly by the Ohio Board of Regents and serve all University System of Ohio institutions.

  • The Ohio Academic Resources Network (OARnet) delivers technology-based solutions that reduce costs, increase productivity and improve customer service to Ohio’s colleges and universities, K-12 schools, public broadcasting stations, healthcare facilities and academic medical centers, as well as state, federal and partnering research institutions.
  • The Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) addresses the rising computational demands of academic and industrial research communities across the state by providing a robust shared infrastructure and proven expertise in advanced modeling, simulation and analysis.
  • The Ohio Library and Information Network (OhioLINK), a consortium of 120 Ohio college and university libraries, some private institutions and the State Library of Ohio, provides Ohio students, faculty, staff and researchers with unparalleled access to an expanding array of print and digital resources essential to academic pursuit.