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Centers & Institutes
Our policy of chartering and re-chartering scholarly centers and institutes facilitates the strengthening of research and scholarly activity capabilities throughout the university. Becoming a chartered center or institute reflects a university seal of approval and results in the inclusion in listings of scholarly units. Further, chartered centers/institutes are eligible to apply for intramural funding from the Centers and Institutes Facilitating Fund.
Definitions of Centers and Institutes
A center is a scholarly unit that typically has a single focus or mission and typically is located within a single department, although its faculty may draw at times on the expertise of faculty in other disciplines to support their work. The center typically reports to the dean of that school.
An institute is typically multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary in nature and involves faculty from different schools or, at least, representatives of different departments and disciplines within a single school. Multidisciplinary enterprises typically involve multiple schools, whereas interdisciplinary enterprises that truly integrate different disciplines may not always do so.
Faculty seeking to establish a new organized scholarly unit should submit the application form to the Office of the Vice President for Research after reviewing all additional information on scholarly centers and institutes featured on the right.