George Mason University

Institutes and Centers

Mason's commitment to research goes beyond the work of individual faculty members. The university and its partners invest in research centers and institutes that excel at focused and multidisciplinary studies, working together to solve global problems. We study, analyze, and develop knowledge in a variety of fields, using collaboration and communication to help generate discoveries.

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Institute for Biohealth Innovation 

IBI works with collaborators both within the university and externally. Areas of study include cancer, infectious diseases, brain and behavior, injury and performance, policy, economics, reproductive and family health, and cardiovascular and metabolic issues.


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Criminal Investigations and Network Analysis

CINA is a Mason-led multidisciplinary academic consortium that pursues innovative strategies and solutions to advance criminal network analysis, forensics, and investigative processes. It's a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence.

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Institute for Digital InnovAtion (forthcoming)

At IDIA, entrepreneurs, researchers, technologists, and business leaders will join Mason students and researchers in driving innovation in the digital economy and collaborating on business opportunities.


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Quantum Materials Center

QMC works to create technologies based on quantum materials that reduce energy consumption while increasing device performance by combining machine learning; theoretical modeling; nanophotonics; materials growth; and optical, magnetic, and electronic characterization techniques.

College-Affiliated Centers

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Mason's schools and colleges support many centers conducting specialized research.

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  • School of BusinessAreas of study include government contracting, entrepreneurship, and consumer protection.
  • Volgenau School of EngineeringAreas of study include transportation, secure information systems, and C4I and cyber. 
  • Antonin Scalia Law SchoolAreas of study include national security, intellectual property, constitutional freedoms, privacy, and economics.


Mason-Affiliated Centers and Institutes

Some external research groups are affiliated with the university, with Mason faculty working with their teams. They include: