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Institutes & Initiatives

The establishment of the Brain Health Research Institute and the Advanced Materials and Liquid Crystal Institute in addition to the Environmental Science and Design, Global Understanding, and Healthy Communities Research Initiatives aid directly in accomplishing the University’s Strategic Roadmap goal of building “a culture of research and innovation.” Strategic investment in the research areas of strength represented by the five research institutes/initiatives directly builds and increases the culture of research at KSU.



Advanced Materials Liquid Crystal Institute

Established by the Kent State University Board of Trustees, effective Fall 2018, the Advanced Materials and Liquid Crystal Institute (AMLCI) embraces the broad array of advanced materials research conducted at Kent State, and expands the University’s strength in advanced materials.


Brain Health Research Institute

Kent State University’s Brain Health Research Institute (BHRI) is committed to improving our understanding of brain function in health, disease and repair. Our mission includes the development of new approaches aimed at understanding an array of neurological disorders by identifying genetic, environmental and behavioral influences that impact brain health across the lifespan.



Environmental Science and Design Research Initiative

Begun in the Fall of 2017, the Environmental Science and Design Research Initiative (ESDRI) is dedicated to research and investigations within natural and built systems.  


Global Understanding Research Initiative

Begun in the Fall of 2017, the Global Understanding Research Initiative (GURI) focuses on the impact of globalization, the ubiquity of communication technologies connecting diverse populations, and the growing movement of people across national borders.


Healthy Communities Research Initiative

Begun in the Spring of 2017, the Healthy Communities Research Initiative (HCRI) is focused on basic and applied research leading to the discovery of processes and practices that enable all people to thrive free of preventable disease and injury, while achieving well-being and health-related quality of life.