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Institutes and initiatives


Institutes & Initiatives

Knowledge Enterprise Development supports several interdisciplinary research institutes and initiatives. These university-wide research centers enable scientists and scholars to collaborate freely across disciplines; connect researchers with clinical, government and corporate partners; and provide the teams and infrastructure to win significant funding opportunities.

Our institutes and initiatives explore some of the world’s most complex challenges arising from population growth, urbanization, globalization and technological advancements. Through science, social science and humanities approaches, our researchers are creating innovative and sustainable solutions.

Biodesign Institute

Improving health, protecting lives and sustaining our planet


Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability

Finding practical solutions to environmental, economic and social challenges to enable better lives

GIOS sustainability

McCain Institute for International Leadership

Advancing character-driven global leadership based on security, economic opportunity, freedom and human dignity

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Global Security Initiative

Addressing global security challenges in partnership with defense, development and diplomacy communities

GSI security

Institute for Humanities Research

Exploring social and scientific issues through historical, philosophical and creative perspectives

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Institute for Social Science Research

Supporting the social sciences at ASU by helping students and faculty develop the research skills needed in today’s world

GIOS sustainability


Discovering and inventing energy solutions to address the world’s fuel, electric, security and justice challenges


Decision Theater Network

Exploring decision-making in uncertain times through advanced modeling and visualization technology

DTN decision

NewSpace Initiative

Leading the integration of academic and commercial space enterprises

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Complex Adaptive Systems @ ASU

Studying complex networks of interacting and independent agents that learn and adapt over time

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Flexible Electronics and Display Center

Advancing flexible displays, flexible sensors and flexible electronics systems, part of the advanced materials and manufacturing efforts within MacroTechnology Works