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Research Organizations and Institutes in the Red River Valley Research Corridor


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Basic Sciences Imaging Center

The Basic Sciences Imaging Center at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences provides advanced instrumentation for researchers interested in investigating biological processes at the cellular, sub-cellular, and molecular level.

Bio-imaging and Sensing Center

The Bioimaging and Sensing Center is committed to discovery, development and adaptation of cost-effective and intelligent sensors / sensing systems for biological applications (plants, animal & associated biological systems including safety/wellness of human systems). The center, founded in 1992, has conducted research projects with and for the the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, various crop grower associations, and private industry.

Center for Air Toxic Metals

The Center for Air Toxic Metals (CATM) at the University of North Dakota Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) is one of the EERC's ten Centers of Excellence. Established in 1992 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Environmental Engineering and Technology Demonstration CATM is tasked with focusing national research efforts on trace element emissions. The goal of CATM is to develop key information on trace elements such that pollution prevention strategies can be developed and implemented to reduce trace element emissions.

Center for Biomedical Research

The Center for Biomedical Research at the University of North Dakota’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences is home to a state-of-the-art animal research facility.

Center for Biomedical Research in Pathophysiology of Neurodegeneration Disease (COBRE)

Funded by NIH grants, COBRE supports collaborative projects at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences promoting research opportunities for biomedical investigators in North Dakota with broad potential for understanding and treating pathophysiological and neurodegenerative diseases.

Center for Biopharmaceutical Research and Production

The Center for Biopharmaceutical Research and Production performs market-driven research and develops biopharmaceuticals, including vaccines, to treat diseases. It was established in 2008 as a North Dakota Economic Development Center of Excellence to perform all aspects of biotechnology research and development, including basic science research, animal testing, human trials, product development, and manufacturing.

Center for Computationally Assisted Science & Technology (CCAST)

NDSU's Center for Computationally Assisted Science & Technolog (CCAST) was established in 2003 to provide access to secure, advanced scientific computation resources for the university's researchers and their private and public sector partners. This center also gives NDSU the ability to participate in its own program of advanced computation and networking research, allowing the school to assume an international role in the development of improved programming and networking methods.

Center for Innovation

Founded in 1984, the Center for Innovation provides assistance to innovators, entrepreneurs, and researchers to launch new ventures, commercialize new technologies, and secure access to capital from private and public sources. The Center also manages two tech incubators in the UND Tech Park, provides SBIR outreach to the state's tech community, and has formed three angel networks in Grand Forks, Fargo and Bismarck.

Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE)

North Dakota State University's Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering, established in 2002, conducts large-scale, multidisciplinary research for government and industry. CNSE's Research 2 facility includes 77,000 sf of cleanroom, laboratory and engineering spaces that house its design, synthesis, fabrication and characterization capabilities. Core competencies include wireless miniaturized electronics design and prototype fabrication, research on polymeric and hard protective coatings, and on materials for electronics and energy conversion.

Center for Protease Research

The Center for Protease Research, an NIH/NCRR/COBRE supported center, has broad-based research programs to provide fundamental information on how proteases, key biological players, impact several diseases. The center works to carry out cutting edge research in biomedical science, foster growth of biomedical research in the state of North Dakota, and to increase the availability of well-trained personnel with biomedical expertise for employment in the region and beyond.

Center for Surface Protection (CSP)

North Dakota State University's Center of Excellence for Surface Protection provides access to world-class coatings and corrosion research expertise. The center performs economically significant and market-driven research and development with federal, state and private sector partners and collaborators. CSP staff capabilities include coatings, corrosion and surface protection. In addition, the Center can facilitate research projects with units across campus, leveraging a wide range of expertise that spans a broad range of disciplines.

Center for UAS Research, Education and Training

In 2006, UND was named as a Department of Defense Center of Excellence for UAV Education. The goal of this Center of Excellence is to commercialize UAVs for a vast application in the private sector, creating highly skilled and highly paid professional positions throughout North Dakota. Partnering with the Center for Innovation, this Center of Excellence is positioned to introduce newly discovered technologies directly into the marketplace via partnerships with entrepreneurial companies.

Center of Excellence for Advanced Electronics Design & Manufacturing (CAEDM)

CAEDM's mission includes spurring economic development in electronics, manufacturing and related disciplines. The center performs economically significant and market-driven research and development in electronics, software, chemistry, physics, coatings, polymeric materials and mechanical engineering with private sector partners and collaborators.

Energy & Environmental Research Center

The Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) is recognized as one of the world's leading developers of cleaner, more efficient energy and environmental technologies to protect and clean our air, water, and soil. The EERC is a high-tech, nonprofit branch of the University of North Dakota (UND). The EERC operates like a business; conducts research, development, demonstration, and commercialization activities; and is dedicated to moving promising technologies out of the laboratory and into the commercial marketplace.

Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center

The Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center is one of six Human Nutrition Centers operated by the Agricultural Research Service of the United States Department of Agriculture. The Nutrition Center has numerous partnerships with universities, other government agencies as well as commodity groups. The 92,000-square-foot center contains state-of-the-art facilities for research with humans and animals, and multiple chemical and biochemical laboratories.

Grand Sky UAS Business & Aviation Park

Grand Sky is located adjacent to the Grand Forks Air Force Base in northeast North Dakota, 90 miles south of the Canadian border. The hub is just 20 minutes west of Grand Forks, a thriving city of 60,000 citizens, and home to the University of North Dakota (UND). In fact, the university is the nation’s most respected school for training pilots and one of the frontrunners in unmanned aviation studies.

Midwest Big Data Hub

The Midwest Big Data Hub (MBDH) is a growing network of partners investing in data and data sciences to address grand challenges for society and science.

NDSU Research and Technology Park

Located on 55 acres in Fargo, North Dakota, the NDSU Research and Technology Park is a place where university researchers and private industry can combine their talents to develop new technologies, methods and systems. The park promotes scientific and technological advancement through the development of facilities and research centers conducive to cutting edge research.

Neuropsychiatric Research Institute

NRI conducts and supports clinical research to develop creative, innovative approaches to the care of patients with diseases of the brain. The Institute funds and manages projects which draw together scientists from the University of North Dakota and North Dakota State University with physicians practicing in the Red River Valley.

Northern Plains UAS Test Site

Collaborate with FAA and industry partners to develop equipment, systems, rules, and procedures to safely integrate unmanned aircraft into the NAS without negatively impacting existing general or commercial aviation.

Plains Organization for Wind Energy Resources (POWER)

The Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC), with support from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the North Dakota Division of Community Services (DCS), developed the Plains Organization for Wind Energy Resources (POWER) to serve as a regional center of excellence for wind energy. Through POWER, the EERC provides the educational, technical, and partnership-building resources necessary for harnessing and developing the vast wind resources of the central and northern Great Plains.

Research Enterprise and Commercialization Park (REAC)

The UND Research Foundation’s REAC park, home to the Center of Excellence in Life Sciences and Advanced Technologies, provides space for high-tech businesses to set up shop, grow and build production operations nearby. REAC-1, the park’s first state-of-the-art facility, is currently home to several private-sector companies conducting research and development activities.

Skalicky Technology Incubator

The Skalicky Tech Incubator at the University of North Dakota is dedicated to supporting the growth of early stage technology-based ventures. The Skalicky Tech Incubator provides a supportive, creative, and entrepreneurial environment that fosters innovation, collaboration and teamwork. Anchoring the UND Tech Park, the Skalicky Tech Incubator offers entrepreneurs access to University talent, technology, training and technical assistance.

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