Expanding Research Opportunities

The University of New England has established several centers in support of research and scholarship. These university-wide centers are designed to promote interdisciplinary research and provide opportunities for collaborative research and scholarship programs that are competitive for interdisciplinary, multi-investigator, and multi-institutional awards. The centers also expand student research opportunities, bringing together students, faculty, and partner institutions in pursuit of cooperative goals.

The Center for Pain Research (COBRE)

The Center for Pain Research (COBRE) mission is to significantly contribute to the scientific understanding of the neurobiology of chronic pain, facilitating the discovery and development of novel therapies.

A student in a white lab coat prepares a row of microscope slides
A professor works with a student to set up a microscope

Center for Excellence in Aging and Health

The Center for Excellence in Aging and Health (CEAH) aims to advance interprofessional research to inform education, health care practice, and service. Its mission is to improve the quality of life and health of an aging population through research with complementary education, advocacy, and service.

Audience members at the 1st Annual Legacy Scholars Symposium

Center to Advance Interprofessional Education and Practice

Our Center to Advance Interprofessional Education and Practice (CAIEP) transforms health care education by fostering community-centered, collaborative learning and interprofessional practice.

A student holding a microphone asks a question during a CECE event
A group of students pose together for a Service-Learning program where they prepared harm-reduction bags for the Maine Correctional Facility

Center for Cell Signaling Research (COBRE)

The Center for Cell Signaling Research (CCSR) is funded by a five-year, $10.8 million Institutional Development Award (IDeA) from the National Institutes of Health's Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) program. The COBRE program supports the development of innovative biomedical research centers through awards for three sequential five-year phases.

Two research assistants review a monitor with Dr. Harry Filippakis
Kathleen Becker and a research assistant hold up a beaker of pink liquid in their lab

Center for Excellence in Digital Health

The Center for Excellence in Digital Health (CEDH) engages present and future clinicians in using and leveraging digital health applications to improve outcomes for patients, providers, and institutions throughout the world.


Center for Excellence in the Neurosciences

The mission of the Center for Excellence in the Neurosciences is to foster creativity and collaboration among people who have a passion for understanding the complexities of the nervous system and applying this knowledge to improve human health, productivity, and quality of life.

Two students looking at a microscope slide
A student pipes a liquid into a container in a research lab

Center for Excellence in Public Health

The Center for Excellence in Public Health (CEPH) expands interprofessional education opportunities in clinical settings and implements research projects related to interprofessional practice.

A group of health students discuss treatment for a patient dummy in the Simulation Lab

Marine Science Research Programs

The UNE School of Marine and Environmental Programs serves as an incubator for forward-looking marine science research. The school provides faculty, students, and partner researchers with the information and resources they need to contribute to global conversations regarding marine science, policy, and management.

Aquaculture research equipment at UNE

UNE North

The Center for North Atlantic Studies of the University of New England is an education and research leader for Maine connected to the North Atlantic/Arctic region grounded in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and built to support local to global collaborative approaches to shared challenges and opportunities.

Icelandic Ambassador Bergdís Ellertsdóttir and UNE President James D. Herbert
A group of Professional Science Master's in Ocean Food Systems students on a boat in Iceland