The University of Nebraska has a robust research enterprise, with important research in agriculture and natural resources, transportation and highway safety, early childhood education, nanotechnology and alternative energy. In addition, research in cancer, diabetes, organ transplantation, aging, neurodegenerative diseases and a wide range of public health issues is improving the quality of life for people in Nebraska and around the world.

The University of Nebraska is among the top 30 public universities in the U.S. in spending on research and development. Research funding has more than doubled since 2000, and extensive new research facilities have been built on the Lincoln campus and at the Medical Center. Many programs are interdisciplinary, inter-campus and inter-institutional undertakings.

An abundance of research opportunities are available to both undergraduate and graduate students.

Links of interest
UNL Research home
IANR Research news
UNMC Research home
Nebraska Innovation Campus – Proposed 250-acre R&D campus adjacent to UNL’s City Campus

Research Centers and Programs
Agriculture & Natural Resources
Climate & Energy
Medical and Life Sciences
Social and Public Policy Issues
Arts & Humanities

Agriculture & Natural Resources
Agricultural Research – Enhancing crop and livestock productivity; community development initiatives; links to regional Research & Extension Centers
Center for Advanced Land Management Information Technologies – Remote sensing, GPS, GIS
Center for Grassland Studies – The role of grasslands as a natural resource and conservation measure
Center for Plant Science Innovation – Plant biology and genetics
INTSORMIL – International Sorghum and Millet Collaborative Research Support Program – research to improve nutrition and increase income in developing countries
Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute - Research, education and policy analysis on the use of water in food production.
Water Center – Water quality, quantity and management

Climate & Energy
ANDRILL Project – Multinational Antarctic drilling project, climate study and global warming
High Plains Regional Climate Center – Research and education on High Plains climate
National Drought Mitigation Center – tracking global climate change and managing drought
Nebraska Center for Energy Sciences Research – alternative and renewable energy, biofuels, energy conservation

Medical and Life Sciences
Biological Process Development Facility – development of vaccines and therapeutic agents
Center for Biotechnology – Molecular life sciences research leading to improvements in agriculture, health care and the environment
Center for Drug Delivery and Nanomedicine – Materials and devices operating at the nanoscale to diagnose, treat and monitor diseases
Center for Environmental Health and Toxicology – Chemical and biological aspects of environmental toxicology and carcinogenics
Center for Neurodegenerative Disorders – Research on a range of diseases that can cause dementia
Durham Research Center – supporting a wide range of medical research
Eppley Institute for Research in Cancer and Allied Diseases  – Causes and treatment of cancer
Lied Transplant Center – Organ transplantation and research
Munroe-Meyer Institute for Genetics and Rehabilitation – Research, education, and patient care for persons with developmental disabilities and their families.
Nebraska Center for Cellular Signaling – Biochemical response of cells to their environment in relation to study a variety of cancers
Nebraska Center for the Molecular Biology of Neurosensory Systems – Development and function of neurosensory and nervous systems
Nebraska Center for Rural Health Research – Issues related to rural health
Nebraska Center for Virology – plant, animal and human viruses; HIV, neurodegenerative diseases
Nebraska Informatics Center of the Life Science – Integrates biocomputing and informatics with the life sciences
Olson Center for Women's Health – Education and research on women's health issues
Redox Biology Center
The Fred and Pamela Buffett Cancer Center – Cancer research, education and patient care
Center for Patient, Family, and Community Engagement in Chronic Care – Management management of chronic illness and conditions

Social and Public Policy Issues
Center for Applied Rural Innovation – Relationships between agriculture, communities and family
Center for Children, Families and the Law – Issues related to child and family policy and services
Center for Great Plains Study – The people, culture, history and environment of the Great Plains
Center for Public Affairs Research – Analysis of demographic and U.S. Census data
Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools – Early childhood education, literacy and other research relating to children, families and schools
Public Policy Center – Research on a wide range of public policy issues
Juvenile Justice Institute
Nebraska Center for Justice Research

Midwest Roadside Safety Center – Highway and bridge safety, the SAFER barrier
Nebraska Transportation Center – Transportation safety and education

Arts & Humanities
Center for Digital Research in the Humanities – Creating unique digital content in the humanities, including the Walt Whitman and Willa Cather archives
International Quilt Studies Center – Research on textiles and the art of quiltmaking

Extreme Light Laboratory – Home of the Dioclese laser and high field physics and laser research
Nebraska Center for Materials and Nanoscience – Nanoscience and materials research
NASA Nebraska Space Grant Consortium - The consortium, which includes UNK, UNO, UNL, and UNMC as members, sponsors a variety of faculty and student research projects through fellowships, travel grants, and mini-grants. The focus of these projects varies, but all are aligned with NASA's interests. The consortium also has four collaborative research projects currently funded by NASA EPSCoR. More in-depth descriptions of these projects can be found via the EPSCoR link at
EPSCoR/IDeA - Advancing Nebraska through transformative research and workforce development

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