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Centers & Institutes at Rutgers–New Brunswick

At Rutgers–New Brunswick, more than 175 centers and institutes serve as hubs of collaboration in areas as diverse as microbiology and papermaking. As innovative and interdisciplinary forums for trailblazing ideas, they allow scholars from across the university to tackle problems and make lasting contributions to the world’s body of knowledge.

Off-Campus Research Facilities & Field Stations

Pinelands Research Center

The collaboration that’s a hallmark of Rutgers’ centers and institutes often extends beyond the campus to research facilities on farms and along New Jersey waterways.

Scientists, students, and visitors from around the world come to Rutgers’ off-campus facilities and field stations to investigate problems, conduct research projects, and advance human knowledge. Learn more.

Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation


The center is at the forefront of research in infrastructure and transportation systems, addressing the safety, security, and environmental impacts of roadways and bridges. Learn more.

Center for Women and Work

The center encourages the study of women and workplace issues and promotes dialogue among decision makers in order to develop public policies and company practices that promote women’s advancement. The center is a member of the Institute for Women’s Leadership at Rutgers. Learn more.

Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences


Scott Glenn, a distinguished professor of oceanography, speaks with Krystle Rich of RU-tv about the work of the Rutgers University Coastal Ocean Observation Lab, or COOLroom, at the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences.

The oceanographic research institute is devoted to protecting marine and coastal resources and offering a variety of seminars, internships, and other opportunities for Rutgers students. Learn more.

Waksman Institute of Microbiology

Waksman Institute

At the Waksman Institute, leading researchers focus on areas such as microbial molecular genetics, developmental molecular genetics, and structural and computational biology, with a variety of fellowships and research opportunities available to students. Learn more.

W.M. Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience

Keck Center

With its groundbreaking research, the Keck Center is seeking a cure for spinal cord injuries, with findings also applicable to brain injuries, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, and other problems of the central nervous system. Learn more.

John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development

Devoted to research in areas such as workforce education, placement, and training, the Heldrich Center is dedicated to raising the effectiveness of the American workplace and addressing broad-scale economic policy changes to ensure Americans receive the education and training they need for success in the 21st century. Learn more.

Eagleton Institute of Politics

Eagleton is a leading source of scholarly research and data about politics and government, with fellowships and research opportunities available for Rutgers undergraduates and graduate students. Eagleton is also home to the Center for American Women and Politics and the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling. Learn more.

National Institute for Early Education Research

The institute conducts research to support early childhood education, offering independent advice and technical assistance to policymakers, journalists, researchers, and educators. It issues an authoritative annual review of state preschool programs, the State Preschool Yearbook. Learn more.

Center for Advanced Food Technology (CAFT)


A global leader in food science, the center’s researchers aim to improve the safety and quality of the food supply. CAFT works in partnership with industry and government to conduct research and engage in product and process development for major food companies, small entrepreneurs, and other clients. Learn more.

Center on Violence Against Women and Children

With a multidisciplinary approach to research, training, and education aimed at eradicating violence against women and children, the center provides a variety of offerings, including a certificate program for master of social work (M.S.W.) students. Learn more.

Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions

Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions

Rutgers students serve as interns at the center, which provides artists an opportunity to create new works in print and paper in collaboration with master printers and papermakers. Learn more.

Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center

A variety of opportunities for students to conduct research and fieldwork are offered by the center, which provides programs to meet the needs of people with autism spectrum disorders and their families. The center’s school program employs applied behavior analysis, an intensive form of treatment, to help those with autism respond to others and make their way in the world. Learn more.

Idea Engines

Rutgers–New Brunswick centers and institutes are where great minds come together to solve problems and delve into new ideas. Explore Rutgers–New Brunswick centers and institutes in the list below. Most centers affiliated with schools in Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences can be found on those schools' web pages.

A universitywide list of most of the centers and institutes that are located on the New Brunswick, Newark, and Camden campuses, as well as off-campus, is also available.

A - Z List | List by Campus


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PLEASE NOTE: If your center or institute website is missing, or if the link to your site needs to be updated, please contact Rich Tedesco.