The Centers of Excellence & Research Excellence are hubs of research and development on the campuses of North Dakota's colleges and universities, partnering with private companies to generate new business opportunities. The Centers explore research in the fields of energy, agriculture, life sciences, aerospace, manufacturing and electronics.
The Centers program is a key component of North Dakota's technology-based economic development strategy. It has generated significant economic benefits by leveraging the research and intellectual capabilities of the state's universities and colleges with the resources of private sector companies.
As of June 30, 2012, The Centers program has had $635 million in estimated economic impact to North Dakota's Economy. This includes a direct impact of $216 million generated by Centers, grant recipients and their partners.
To date, 25 Centers of Excellence & Research Excellence and an additional 16 research, infrastructure and economic development projects have been approved.