Office of Research Supported Centers and Laboratories

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Program

The purpose of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program (ADARP) at Washington State University is to promote research on substance abuse within the state of Washington. This program receives a portion of alcohol taxes and distributes the money to substance abuse researchers for pilot grant projects. The program also sponsors seminars on substance abuse, helps to buy pertinent library materials, and assists in the recruitment of faculty having research expertise in the field of substance abuse.

Center for Cannabis Policy, Research, and Outreach

The Center for Cannabis Policy, Research, and Outreach (CCPRO) at Washington State University (WSU) consists of more than 70 researchers across the WSU system. Four specific themes have been identified to establish WSU as a global leader in cannabis research, policy, and outreach: Improving Health and Wellbeing, Public Policy and Safety, Economics, and Agricultural Research.

Center for Environmental Research, Education, and Outreach

The Center for Environmental Research, Education, and Outreach (CEREO) is a progressive network of more than 350 faculty, staff, students, and industry leaders working to resolve environmental issues through collaborative partnerships. Guided by a roster of distinguished scientists, CEREO seeks to apply innovative technologies and management tools to the ever-growing challenges of global climate change and environmental sustainability.

Center for Institutional Research Computing

The Center for Institutional Research Computing (CIRC) is coordinating many of WSU’s research computing efforts. CIRC’s goal is to propel WSU into a position of national leadership in the field of research computing by unifying the research community around shared and strategic institutional goals. By leveraging cyber-infrastructure resources across the WSU system, CIRC is creating a regional computing hub that enhances research across all colleges and campuses.

Laboratory of Biotechnology and Bioanalysis

The Laboratory for Biotechnology and Bioanalysis or LBB1 began here at WSU back in the early 1990’s. This core was established as a service center and to provide access to instrumentation that proved to be cost prohibitive for individual labs to purchase on their own. Over the past 20 years, with the assistance of the Center for Reproductive Biology, M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, NIH and others the core lab has evolved into a state of the art service facility.

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy Laboratory

The WSU Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy Laboratory is a central University facility that provides access to state-of-the-art NMR instrumentation. It is administered by the College of Arts and Sciences and its equipment has been funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Battelle Memorial Institute and the Murdock Charitable Trust.

Nuclear Science Center

The Washington State University Dodgen Research Facility is located at WSU Pullman. The facility houses the Nuclear Science Center which maintains oversight of WSU’s 1 MW TRIGA research reactor. The Center is a multidisciplinary teaching, research, and service endeavor designed to make high impact contributions to nuclear science, national and international security, nuclear non-proliferation, and emergency readiness.

Small Business Development Center

The Washington Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is a network of more than 30 expert business advisors working in communities across the state to help entrepreneurs or small business owners start, grow or buy/sell a business. The Washington SBDC, a member of the national America’s SBDC program, is governed by a cooperative agreement between Washington State University, which is the statewide host of the program, and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

Social and Economic Sciences Research Center

The Social and Economic Sciences Research Center (SESRC) at Washington State University has been serving the research community. Experts at the SESRC conduct social science surveys and evaluations that shed new light on people’s opinions, needs, behaviors, attitudes, and preferences. They can help design research methodologies, develop questionnaires, and determine which research population best fits an investigator’s needs. The SESRC provides a number of other services, including helping to identify focus groups, data entry and verification, mass-mailing processing, and the creation of customized online data collection programs. The SESRC has been involved in over 1,400 projects for organizations as varied as the World Health Organization, the U.S. Bureau of the Census, the National Park Service, and the Washington State Patrol.

State of Washington Water Research Center

The State of Washington Water Research Center (WRC) was established by the American Water Resources Research Act of 1964 as one of the National Institutes for Water Resources.  Over its more than half century of work on water resources for the benefit of the State of Washington, The WRC has become an integral connection between academics; local, state, and federal government; and the private sector.