Centers and Institutes

The Advanced Research Computing Center (ARCC)

The ARCC is the primary research computing facility for the University of Wyoming. In addition to providing a centralized scientific computing resource, ARCC is also a gateway to other research institutions within Wyoming and across the nation. One of ARCC's primary mission elements is providing and supporting High Performance Computing to the research interests at the University of Wyoming. As technology enablers, the ARCC's focus is making computational tools accessible to research.

Biodiversity Institute

The mission of the Biodiversity Institute is to foster the understanding, appreciation and conservation of biological diversity through innovative research, education, outreach,and by engaging a broad audience in the scientific process.  The Biodiversity Institute works with scientists, resource managers, educators, and the public to further the understanding and conservation of biodiversity. We seek to provide a unique service to Wyoming and beyond by facilitating collaborative research projects, synthesizing and disseminating research, distributing grants, and providing educational, outreach, and citizen science programs for students and the public.


The Wyoming IDeA Networks for Biomedical Excellence (INBRE) Program is funded by the National Institutes for Health National Center for Research Resources (NCRR). The ultimate goal the INBRE program is to promote the development, coordination, and sharing of research resources and expertise that will expand research opportunities and increase the number of competitive investigators in IDeA‐eligible states. INBRE programs are intended to enhance the caliber of scientific faculty at research institutions and undergraduate schools, thereby attracting more promising students to these organizations.

National Park Service Research Center (NPS)

The University of Wyoming-National Park Service (UW-NPS) Research Center is a cooperative effort between the University of Wyoming and the National Park Service. Headquartered on the University of Wyoming campus in Laramie, the research center was established to foster research in National Parks in the Rocky Mountain Region. In addition, the center operates a field research station at the AMK Ranch in Grand Teton National Park which is open from mid May through mid October.


UW Data Science Center

The goal of the UW Data Science Center is to lower the barrier to entry into productive analysis of data. Additionally, they seek to foster the careers of their participants and to build the data science capacity in Wyoming, to the benefit of its residents (including businesses and governments). Many of the activities of the Data Science Center take place in Aven Nelson room 210, where the center is housed.

Water Research Program/Office of Water Programs

The University of Wyoming's Office of Water Programs (OWP), created in 2002 by the fifty-sixth Legislature of the State of Wyoming, is charged with identifying research needs of State and Federal agencies regarding Wyoming's water resources and serving as a point of coordination to encourage water-related research activities by the University of Wyoming. The OWyoming EPSCoR/IDeAWP works in conjunction with and reports to the Wyoming Water Development Commission (WWDC) and the Select Water Committee and provides the University's advisor to the Wyoming Water Development Commission.

Wyoming EPSCoR/IDeA

EPSCoR is a federal and state matching grant program which enables Wyoming to continue to be nationally competitive in science and technology.  EPSCoR funding and state match appropriations are utilized to build science and engineering in higher education and a technology-based economy for the future.  EPSCoR has helped to move the State of Wyoming along the path of research and excellence by supporting the State's research endeavors.

Wyoming Natural Diversity Database (WYNDD)

The Wyoming Natural Diversity Database (WYNDD) is a service and research unit of the University of Wyoming that maintains a comprehensive database on the distribution and ecology of rare plants, rare animals, and important plant communities in Wyoming. WYNDD distributes this information upon request under the philosophy that the best decisions regarding natural resources will be made only when everyone has access to complete and current scientific data.

Wyoming Sensory Biology Center (COBRE)

Wyoming Sensory Biology Center (SBC), is a phase I (P20) Center of Biomedical Research Excellence program (COBRE) funded by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). As part of the Institutional Development Award (IDeA) program, NIGMS provides approximately $10 Million in research funding over five years (2017 to 2022) to the University of Wyoming to support research activities associated with SBC. SBC Organization. Dr. Qian-Quan Sun, professor of Zoology and Physiology, and UW Neuroscience Program is the principal investigator (PI) and director of the SBC. The SBC is comprised of Administration Core (AC), Integrated Microscopy Core (IMcore), and four interrelated research projects. As a whole, the SBC will support four new junior investigators and four future faculty hires that are committed to the SBC, during the five years of the COBRE funding. The primary mission of the SBC is to foster and conduct high-quality scientific research that advances the understanding of our sensory systems and disorders related to them. A major role of the center is to support and mentor the development of junior investigators of sensory system function and dysfunction. The five-year goals of the SBC are: Establish a multi-disciplinary Center that brings together investigators with expertise in diverse areas of sensory neuroscience and experimental methodology and fosters collaborations to address key issues in sensory system function and dysfunction. Support projects of junior investigators by providing strong mentoring and guidance to help them obtain independent funding and professional success. In addition to research, investigators will be mentored on other metrics that are evaluated in Tenure and Promotion. Grow the SBC in both size and scope through the recruitment of new faculty, and fostering multi-disciplinary research among current UW faculty, respectively. Build the required research infrastructure by expanding the Microscopy Core Facility. Advance our understanding of the development and function of sensory systems and their dysfunctions.

Wyoming Technology Transfer and Research Products Center (WY-TTRPC)

The WY-TTRPC is the technology transfer office for the University of Wyoming. It also has an outreach mission to assist any Wyoming entrepreneur or inventor across the state. The WY-TTRPCsupports Wyoming individuals and organizations in technology transfer - the protection, marketing, and ultimate transfer of their intellectual property to industry.

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Research & Economic Development Division

Dept. 3355, 1000 E. University Avenue

Old Main Room 308

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-5353

Fax: (307) 766-2608

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