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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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Center for Resilient and Sustainable Communities

As pressures from migration and climate change accelerate natural and manmade disasters, Mason's trans-disciplinary C-RASC aims to help communities with rebuilding, as well as with preparations to prevent damage. 


 

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Institute for Digital InnovAtion

At IDIA, entrepreneurs, researchers, technologists, and business leaders will join more than 300 Mason faculty and their research staff and students in driving innovation in the digital economy and collaborating on business opportunities.


 

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Quantum Science and Engineering Center

QSEC advances transdisciplinary quantum technologies and trains the quantum workforce. Research areas include nonclassical algorithms and computing, quantum material growth and characterization, and quantum-sensing technologies and devices.


 

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Center for Humanities Research

CHR fosters innovative, consequential research in the humanities and humanities-related disciplines, promotes the value of the humanities as a public good, and enhances the visibility and impact of this work. The center will also be a research incubator, providing scholarly support and funding.


 


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:

  • Center for Media and Public Affairs: This nonpartisan research and educational organization conducts scientific studies of the news and entertainment media.
  • Institute for Humane Studies: This organization champions classical liberal ideas and the scholars who advance them.
  • Mercatus Center: This organization provides market-oriented ideas to bridge the gap between academic ideas and real-world problems.