Cross-cutting Centers and Institutes

Cross-cutting centers and institutes located within Discovery Park bring together researchers from across disciplines to work on global challenges, and their findings lead to new discoveries and innovation.

The unique facilities, cutting-edge equipment, and shared spaces of Discovery Park encourage collaborative projects across the spectrum of academic disciplines. Initiatives in bioscience, quantum science, nanotechnology, policy research, information science, and entrepreneurship bring together the best and brightest Purdue scientists, researchers, faculty, and students.

Bindley Bioscience Center

The Bindley Bioscience Center brings together an interdisciplinary group of life sciences and engineering researchers to explore new technologies and scientific knowledge that impact the broad boundaries of plant, animal and human diseases. Major focus areas include: 1) diet and disease prevention, 2) drug discovery and delivery, 3) health and disease biomarkers, and 4) nanomedicine.

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Birck Nanotechnology Center

The Birck Nanotechnology Center leverages advances in nanoscale science and engineering to create innovative nanotechnologies for computing, communications, the environment, security, energy independence and health. Using the most advanced nanoscale instrumentation, members also pursue answers to fundamental questions in the life and physical sciences.

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Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship

The Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship is Purdue University's premier interdisciplinary hub for entrepreneurship, playing a key role in facilitating business development for emerging concepts and technologies stemming from Discovery Park research. Through its sponsored initiatives including the Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Technology Realization Program, Entrepreneurial Leadership Academy, and Business Plan Competitions, the center aims to stimulate entrepreneurship in the Purdue community and serve as a resource for the citizens of Indiana and beyond.

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Center for Analytical Instrument Development (CAID)

The Center for Analytical Instrumentation Development (CAID) was created to develop innovative "machine-tools of science" that enable discoveries across a broad spectrum of science. As part of its mission CAID holds an annual multi-day hands-on course in which students with a wide range of prior experience learn new instrumentation and evaluate it for their own needs. These activities help advance point-of-need devices for use in drug discovery, clinical diagnostics, environmental monitoring and the fight against chemical and biological terrorism.

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Network for Computational Nanotechnology

NCN is a multi-university center sponsored by the National Science Foundation to develop models and simulation tools to predict behavior at the device, circuit, and system level for nanoelectronics, nanoelectromechanics, and nanobio systems. NCN serves as a virtual laboratory to the nanotechnology community through online simulation and education.

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Purdue Center for Science of Information

The Purdue Center for Science of Information is advancing science and technology through a new quantitative understanding of the representation, the communication and processing of information in biological, physical, social and engineered systems.

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Purdue Policy Research Institute

The Purdue Policy Research Institute (PPRI), previously called the Global Policy Research Institute, hosts an interdisciplinary community of world class faculty and students working on global challenges. PPRI aims to bring the talents of the university community to bear on global challenge issues, catalyzing new areas of research and enhancing the impact of that research. PPRI aims to do this by connecting faculty and students with those who can use their ideas and talent outside the university. These connections will be built through in person contact such as lecture series, conferences, policymakers-in-residence, etc. and virtually, through the enhancement of the on-line policy brief library, development of a research blog and other social media strategies. PPRI will develop interdisciplinary talent inside and outside the university, through extant and new certificate programs, internships, scholarships and other innovative interdisciplinary mechanisms for education.

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Purdue Quantum Science and Engineering Institute

The Purdue Quantum Science and Engineering Institute fosters the development of practical and impactful aspects of quantum science. The Institute intends to focus on discovering and studying new materials and basic physical quantum systems that will be best suited for integration into tomorrow's technology. It encourages interdisciplinary collaboration leading to the design and realization of industry-friendly quantum devices with enhanced functionality and performance close to the fundamental limits. Finally, the Institute will lay out strategies for the design of systems based on these devices in order to bring these new levels of functionality and performance to a vast community of users. 

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