Research Institutes and Centres

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In order to create a Constituted Research Institute or Centre, researchers must follow the process outlined in the UNB Policy Governing Research Institutes and Centres at the University of New Brunswick. The process culminates with the approval of the UNB Senate from the applicable campus and the Board of Governors.

Constituted Research Institutes

  • Canadian Institute for Cybersecurity (CIC)The Canadian Institute for Cybersecurity is a comprehensive multidisciplinary training, research and development, and entrepreneurial unit that draws on the expertise of researchers in the social sciences, business, computer science, engineering, law and science. Based at UNB, the institution is the first of its kind to bring together researchers and practitioners from across the academic spectrum to share innovative ideas, create disruptive technology and carry out groundbreaking research into the most pressing cybersecurity challenges of our time.
  • Canadian Research Institute for Social Policy (CRISP): 
The aims of the Institute are to conduct policy research that will help Canadian communities provide better education and care for their children, to contribute to the training of social scientists in the areas of statistics and research methods, and to contribute to capacity-building efforts in developing countries.
  • Canadian Rivers Institute (CRI): (Fredericton and Saint John campuses) The Canadian Rivers Institute, founded in 2001 and hosted at the University of New Brunswick, is a network of 22 scientists at 14 institutions across Canada and internationally. CRI scientists and their networks of research associates, graduate students, and staff support governments, businesses and communities in making smart, evidence-based decisions through high-impact research.  The institute’s vision is to make every river a healthy river.
  • Chronic Illness Research Institute (CIRI): People suffering from long-term health problems such as diabetes, asthma, arthritis and multiple sclerosis benefit from the Chronic Illness Research Institute, created by the University of New Brunswick and St. Thomas University. The institute brings together academics from a variety of disciplines who will conduct research with community groups and various levels of government to help those with chronic illnesses to manage their disease and access resources.
  • Centre for Nuclear Energy Research (CNER): CNER is devoted to conducting research and development work in the areas of nuclear energy associated with the operation and maintenance of nuclear power stations. The institute collaborates with Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. and the NB Research and Productivity Council.
  • Institute of Biomedical Engineering (IBME): 
The Institute brings together an interdisciplinary research team to investigate a broad range of topics, all related to designing systems and equipment that meet human physical requirements or medical needs.
  • NB Institute for Research, Data and Training (NB-IRDT): The NB-IRDT is a designated data custodian for the Province of New Brunswick. It is physically located in Keirstead Hall on the University of New Brunswick Fredericton campus. The Institute is wholly constituted within the University of New Brunswick and operates at arm’s length from its Government partners.
  • Urban and Community Studies Institute (UCSI): Based out of Saint John, UNB’s UCSI brings a small-city lens to big social issues.  Projects include smart and sustainable cities, economic and community development (understanting how digital skills are transforming the labour market, and why local economies struggle to mature startups), sustaining transportation alternatives in small cities and rural areas, as well as understanding immigration attraction and retention factors. It is increasing UNB's global presence through international publications, conferences and recruiting.

Constituted Research Centres

  • Canadian Centre for Geodetic Engineering (CCGE) - The Centre is located at UNB in the Department of Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering. The Centre enjoys close cooperation with several other research institutions and industrial partners. CCGE is committed to the research, development, and implementation of innovative precision surveying and geomechanics solutions. 
  • Centre for Research in Noncommutative Geometry and Topology: The objectives of the Centre are to encourage research, by means of seminars, visiting lecturers, schools, and conferences, to provide a supportive environment for postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and visiting researchers working in the field, and to provide a top-quality graduate program in Operator Algebras and Noncommutative Geometry.
  • Centre for Criminal Justice Studies (CCJS): The Centre falls under the responsibility of the Faculty of Arts at the University of New Brunswick on the Saint John Campus. The CCJS represents a wealth of expertise on various criminal justice issues, and has the capacity to approach these issues from a theoretical, policy, and/or applied perspective.
  • Dr. Jack McKenzie Limerick Pulp & Paper Research & Education Centre: 
The objectives of the Centre are to perform world-class R&D work in selected pulp and paper areas, to provide relevant education to university and industry students, to collaborate with industry and government on R&D projects, and to provide testing, technical, and library services to organizations in the Atlantic Provinces.
  • Emera & NB Power Research Centre for Smart Grid Technologies: Located at UNB, the Emera & NB Power Research Centre for Smart Grid Technologies will be at the forefront of this emerging industry. In collaboration with academic and private sector partners, research and innovation from the Centre will play a pivotal role in advancing the transformation of conventional power grids around the world.
  • Gregg Centre for the Study of War and Society: 
A leader in the field of low-intensity conflict since 1980, the Centre is the only organization in Canada that focuses exclusively on revolutionary and civil wars, political terrorism, covert operations, unconventional warfare, intelligence services, propaganda, and the role of the media in modern warfare.
  • IBM Centre for Advanced Studies - Atlantic (CASA): The Centre is an IBM-Research-based institution dedicated to promoting and cultivating collaborative research between IBM and the University of New Brunswick. In Partnership with IBM business units dedicated to research, development, and services, CAS Atlantic provides UNB with a window that spans a relevant cross-section of the Corporation.
  • Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre for Family Violence Research: 
The goal of the Centre is to understand family violence and generate effective action strategies to reduce and eventually eliminate it. The Muriel McQueen Fergusson Foundation and UNB established the Centre in 1992. It works in collaboration with St. Thomas University, l'Université de Moncton, numerous community organizations and government agencies.
  • Wood Science and Technology Centre: 
The Wood Science and Technology Centre at UNB is committed to helping wood products manufacturers remain competitive. Numerous Canadian firms have been assisted in meeting global market demands with innovative technologies and quality products.

Non-constituted Research Centres

These centres encompass the study of a group of researchers whose work is complementary but who are not necessarily physically co-located.