NC State Centers and Institutes

Reporting Structure: Responsible Administrators

Planned Centers and Institutes


National Science Foundation (NSF) Supported Centers

Industry University Cooperative Research Centers (I/UCRC)

I/UCRCs for which NC State is the Lead Institution:

Center for Dielectrics and Piezoelectrics (CDP)

The CDP aims to provide international leadership and train next-generation scientists in the fundamental science and engineering that underpin dielectric and piezoelectric materials. The center supports industries based on capacitor and piezoelectric materials and devices through the development of new materials, processing strategies, electrical testing, and nanoscale characterization and modeling methodologies.

I/UCRCs for which NC State is a Research Site:

Broadband Wireless Access and Applications Center (BWAC)

This Center focuses on broadband wireless technology access and its applications.  
BWAC collaborates with industry research partners to create flexible, efficient, and secure wireless networks that satisfy broadband communication needs in businesses, in the home, and in the lives of individuals.

Center for Accelerated Real Time Analytics (CARTA)

The Center’s research is focused on cutting edge inter-disciplinary research in real time analytics using next generation accelerated hardware.

Center for Advanced Electronics through Machine Learning (CAEML)

CAEML will pioneer the application of emerging machine-learning techniques to microelectronics and micro-systems modeling and will develop new domain-specific machine learning algorithms to extract models using limited training data.

Center for the Integration of Composites into Infrastructure (CICI)

The primary objective of CICI is to promote applications of composites in civil and military infrastructures to the next level through collaborative efforts between West Virginia University, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, NC State University and the University of Miami, Florida. The Center’s research focus capitalizes on synergies between fibers and polymers to create new application areas and expand market potential.


Engineering Research Centers (ERC)

ERCs for which NC State is the Lead Institution:

Advanced Self Powered Systems of Sensors and Technologies Center (ASSIST)

The mission of ASSIST is to transform health informatics, electronics, and biomedical engineering; to develop nanotechnologies for energy harvesting, battery-free energy storage, and ultra-low-power computation/communication; to integrate low power physiological and environmental nanosensors using biocompatible materials; to empower personal environmental and health monitoring.

The Future Renewable Electric Energy Delivery and Management Center (FREEDM) – graduated from NSF support in 2019

Center partners with universities, industry, and national laboratories in 28 states and nine countries to develop technology to revolutionize the nation’s power grid and speed renewable electric-energy technologies into every home and business.


National Institutes of Health (NIH) Supported Centers

Center for Environmental and Human Health Effects of PFAS

The mission of this cross-disciplinary Center is to advance research, technology development, training and community engagement about exposure to a class of ubiquitous environmental compounds known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The long-term objectives are to assess PFAS 1) exposure in impacted areas, 2) toxicity and underlying mechanisms of thyroid and immune function, 3) bioaccumulation potential, and 4) remediation.

Center for Human Health and the Environment (CHHE)

The mission of CHHE is to serve as the nexus of environmental health science research at NC State by providing focus and leadership for interdisciplinary research aimed at understanding how human health, at both the individual and population levels, is impacted by environmental factors and to utilize this understanding to reduce the adverse impacts of environmental factors on human health.

Department of the Interior (DOI) Supported Centers

Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center (SE CASC)

NC State acts as the host institution for the Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center, providing organizational support to implement the Center mission to work with natural and cultural resource managers to gather the scientific information and build the tools needed to help fish, wildlife, and ecosystems adapt to the impacts of changing climate and land use.

Multi-campus Centers and Institutes

North Carolina State University Lead Institution

Duke University Lead Institution

Research Triangle Institute Lead Institution

UNC-Chapel Hill Lead Institution

East Carolina University Lead Institution

Western Carolina University Lead Institution

Clemson University Lead Institution

National Network of Manufacturing Institutes

The National Network of Manufacturing Institutes is operated by the interagency Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office (AMNPO), which is headquartered in the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), in the Department of Commerce. The office is staffed by representatives from federal agencies with manufacturing-related missions as well as fellows from manufacturing companies and universities. The office operates in partnership with the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy, NASA, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Education and the Department of Agriculture. The office began as a pilot, recommended by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), but the overarching mission has not changed: “To convene and enable industry-led, private-public partnerships focused on manufacturing innovation and engaging U.S. universities. To design and implement an integrated whole-of-government advanced manufacturing initiative to facilitate collaboration and information sharing across federal agencies. By coordinating federal resources and programs, the Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office enhances technology transfer in U.S. manufacturing industries and helps companies overcome technical obstacles to scale up of new technologies and products.”

Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA)

AFFOA’s mission is to enable a manufacturing-based revolution by transforming traditional fibers, yarns, and fabrics into highly sophisticated, integrated and networked devices and systems.

Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute (ARMI)

ARMI’s mission is to make practical the large-scale manufacturing of engineered tissues and tissue-related technologies, to benefit existing industries and grow new ones.

Bioindustrial Manufacturing Innovation Institute (BioMADE)

BioMADE’s mission is to enable domestic bioindustrial manufacturing at all scales, develop technologies to enhance U.S. bioindustrial competitiveness, de-risk investment in relevant infrastructure, and expand the biomanufacturing workforce to realize the economic promise of industrial biotechnology.

National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals (NIIMBL)

The NIIMBL mission is to accelerate biopharmaceutical manufacturing innovation, support the development of standards that enable more efficient and rapid manufacturing capabilities, and educate and train a world-leading biopharmaceutical manufacturing workforce, fundamentally advancing U.S. competitiveness in this industry.

PowerAmerica , Next Generation Power Electronics Innovation Institute (NGPEMII)

PowerAmerica is accelerating the adoption of advanced semiconductor components made with silicon carbide (SiC) and gallium nitride (GaN) into a wide range of products and systems.  Backed by $70 million from the U.S. Department of Energy over five years, we are working to make these wide bandgap semiconductor technologies cost-competitive with silicon-based power electronics and reduce the perceived risk in their adoption in numerous industries.

Rapid Advancement in Process Intensification Deployment (RAPID)

RAPID is the Modular Chemical Process Intensification Institute for Clean Energy Manufacturing.

Secure America Institute (SAI)

The SAI mission is to provide world-class leadership in securing the U.S. critical manufacturing sector and defense industrial base through applied research, education and workforce development, and technology transition.

Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (SMII)

The Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute focuses on innovations such as smart sensors that can dramatically reduce energy expenses in advanced manufacturing.

* TUNL, RENCI and RTEC represent trans-institutional partnerships outside of the UNC centers and institutes policy.