A Hub

for Groundbreaking Research

UC MERCED is home to a number of innovative research and training centers that offer extraordinary opportunities for our students. In state-of-the-art campus labs and in the field, our researchers are working on significant problems and innovative solutions in areas such as data analytics, robotics, solar and renewable energy, water quality and resources, health science, social inequality, immigration, child development, enterpreneurship, materials science and more. Explore information about some our research centers in the pages that follow and join in the excitement of discovery at UC Merced.

Research Centers & Institutes

Health Sciences Research Institute

With more than 70 faculty members across UC Merced's three schools, the Health Sciences Research Institute is fostering world-renowned researchers through its work to improve the health of the people in the San Joaquin Valley and beyond.

UC Solar

Solar power is the Earth’s original renewable energy source, and if there’s one thing California has an abundance of, it’s sunshine, especially in the San Joaquin Valley. That’s why UC Merced is the perfect choice to lead the UC Advanced Solar Technologies Institute (UC Solar), comprising participants from eight UC campuses.

Center for Cellular and Biomolecular Machines 

The Crest Center for Cellular and Biomolecular Machines, funded by the the National Science Foundation's Center of Research Excellence in Science and Technology program-brings together more than a dozen faculty members from across campus, including the fields of bioengineering, physics, chemistry and chemical biology, materials science and engineering. The center offers extensive training opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students, and supports research that studies how biological matter such as proteins or cells come together to perform specific tasks, effectively behaving as machines.


The NASA- funded Merced nAnomaterials Center for Energy and Sensing (MACES) promotes innovative and collaborative research in functional nanomaterials for energy and sensing for NASA missions, while simultaneously addressing terrestrial needs for early disease diagnosis and for clean and renewable energy. The center also aims to increase participation of underrepresented and underprivileged undergraduate and graduate students, educating a new generation of STEM workforce trained in a multidisciplinary material research environment with solid foundations and excellent problem-solving skills.

additional centers

A growing university, UC Merced is home to an increasing roster of research centers delving into a wide array of topics, from nanomaterials and climate communication to better teaching methods and community partnerships.