Centers and Institutes | Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) | The University of Vermont(title)

Below is a listing of UVM's centers and institutes organized by academic unit.

Centers and Institutes

University-wide Institutes


Water Resources Institute

A View of Burlington, Vermont from Lake Champlain

The Water Resources Institute facilitates an innovative network of programs, researchers, partners, facilities, and services to build a nationally recognized center at the forefront of interdisciplinary water-related research, innovation, education, and community outreach.

Institute for Agroecology

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Through a program of research, learning and action, the Institute for Agroecology is seeding transformations to regenerate the environment, cool the planet and provide healthy food for all. Join us in the movement to create more just and sustainable food systems.

Leahy Institute for Rural Partnerships and Office of Engagement

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The Leahy Institute for Rural Partnerships will operate alongside the Office of Engagement with the mission to provide engagement opportunities and partnerships with the University of Vermont for the benefit of our rural places. The Leahy Institute will bring financial and technical assistance, access to UVM research, faculty expertise, student projects and internships, and established UVM startup and engagement programs. Together, we will collaborate on impactful solutions that drive positive change for Vermont and beyond.

Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies

People working in the VCET office

VCET is a flexible coworking space housing dozens of startups. Since its founding, it has assisted more than 2800 entrepreneurs. Since 2005, the VCET team has worked with entrepreneurs helping to crystallize concepts, assemble teams, craft business models, secure resources and locate early customers. Some firms will develop rapidly in a matter of months for a software launch while others might take years to complete medical trials. Either way, VCET programs, facilities and capital programs serve a select few firms by supporting the design, positioning and acceleration of a new product idea, a better service offering or a truly breakthrough platform technology.

Vermont EPSCoR

Missisquoi Bay phosphorus research

The Vermont Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (VT EPSCoR) helps build the state's capacity for scientific research and trains a diverse, prepared science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce. We do this through multi-year, federally funded projects that integrate statewide higher institutions, stakeholders, private sector, partners and collaborators. Together, research teams, post-doctoral associates and graduate students work to advance science and engage stakeholders, undergraduate interns and high school teams to discover new scientific knowledge, share broadly with diverse communities, and train the next generation of innovators.

Vermont Biomedical Research Network (VBRN)

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The mission of VBRN is to build a culture to promote biomedical research infrastructure in Vermont. Our focus is on human health and behavior as broadly defined. The goal is to build and sustain a culture of research throughout the state by facilitating the research capacity of faculty members, and the education of undergraduates, at our baccalaureate partner institutions.

Gund Institute for Environment

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Research isn’t enough to solve our environmental problems — we need action, too. The Gund Institute for Environment mobilizes scholars and decision makers to understand and tackle critical environmental challenges. Driven by the belief that research should inspire action, we work in partnership with stakeholders from government, business and broader society. We focus our research on five interconnected themes, each of which is essential to creating a sustainable future for people and the planet:

  • Climate solutions
  • Health and well-being
  • Sustainable agriculture
  • Resilient communities
  • Equity and justice

Vermont Advanced Computing Center

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The Vermont Advanced Computing Center (VACC) is a research facility offering computing services to UVM faculty, staff and students.

VACC's mission includes strategic support in three key areas:

  • advancing high-impact, multidisciplinary research efforts
  • promoting advanced computing education and outreach across disciplines
  • investing in next-generation, innovative and sustainable high-performance computing infrastructure models

Instrumentation and Technical Service

The Instrumentation and Technical Services (ITS) department at the University of Vermont serves as the academic umbrella organization for two groups that provide technology services to the UVM community, other academic institutions, healthcare providers, businesses, government, and Vermont emerging technology companies:

Office of Animal Care Management

The Office of Animal Care Management (OACM) is directed by the University Veterinarian, who provides oversight and clinical care for animals utilized in University teaching and research activities. The Veterinarian serves on UVM's Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) and participates in the review and monitoring of all proposed or ongoing animal use.


College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS)

College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)

College of Education and Social Services (CESS)

College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (CEMS)

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