The Office of Research & Economic Development has 20 centers or institutes that directly report to the Vice Chancellor.
Carrol L. Herring Fire and Emergency Training Institute (FETI) -The mission of the Louisiana State University Fire and Emergency Training Institute is to provide training and education to fire and emergency response providers in order to protect life, property, and the environment.
Center for Computation and Technology (CCT) – The Center for Computation & Technology, or CCT, is an interdisciplinary research center located on the campus of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. CCT advances LSU’s Flagship Agenda and promotes economic development for the state by using computational applications to aid research and develop solutions that benefit academia and industry. Additional information for data management and facility resources can be found at: https://www.cct.lsu.edu/uploads/NSF_Data_Management_Plan.pdf
Center for Energy Studies – is mandated to provide energy information and analysis that responds to the needs of the legislature, public agencies, and business and civic groups. The Center maintains some unique energy data bases and is the official repository of energy information from the state and The Energy Council. Staff respond regularly to requests from a wide variety of individuals and institutions for specialized energy data and information.
Center for Geoinformatics – to build new research and services in Geodesy & Geoinformatics.
Institute for Advanced Materials (IAM) – The goal of the institute is to foster Discovery, Innovation, and Education in MS&E. The quality of LSU’s MS&E faculty and their established research programs will serve as the foundation for IAM. Therefore, IAM will be focused on enhancing faculty productivity both in research and education. IAM will make it easier to attract outstanding faculty and graduate students and will provide them with excellent academic and research training in MS&E. At present there are 98 faculty members from 13 departments who have chosen to be affiliated with IAM: 48 from the College of Engineering and 50 from the College of Science.
IAM activities are aligned to the mission of regional economic development alliances, such as LED and the BRAC. These organizations, as well as the BoR, have identified a series of core industrial focus areas through reports such as the Strategic Inventory of Louisiana Research and Innovation Assets produced by Battelle for LED, and the BoR’s FIRST Louisiana. Since materials science impacts much more than just the development of new materials, IAM is well positioned to have an impact on many of the economic development priorities identified in these reports.
The central functions of the center are divided into 3 distinct areas: (1) Academics, (2) LSU’s MS&E Shared Instrumentation Facility (SIF), and (3) Computation/Data Management.Institutional Review Board (IRB) – to facilitate research protect research participants, and to comply with all research regulations. J. Bennett Johnston, Sr. Center for Advanced Microstructures & Devices (CAMD) – to provide infrastructure for research and education in synchrotron-based science and technology, research in basic sciences and microfabrication conducted by scientists, engineers and Louisiana universities, along with distinguished scientists from national and international institutions. Law Enforcement Online (LEO) – is a 7 days a week, 24 hours a day online (real-time) controlled-access communications and information sharing repository. It provides an internet accessible focal point for electronic Sensitive But Unclassified (SBU) communication and information sharing for the international, federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies. LEO also supports antiterrorism, intelligence, law enforcement, criminal justice, and public safety communities worldwide. Life Course and Aging Center – promotes collaborative research activities across many fields including the biological, social and psychological sciences. LSCA develops life course and aging education and curriculum and collaborates with child and senior service organizations throughout the state. Louisiana Applied & Educational Oil Spill Research & Development Program – to provide oil spill planners and response personnel with practical, scientifically-sound and cost effective spill prevention, management and mitigation tools along with tools and techniques related to spill response, cleanup and public outreach. Louisiana Business & Technology Center – Are you an entrepreneur or small business owner who needs expert help starting, growing, or saving your business and/or a more professional environment to work in? If yes, you should apply to become a tenant of the Louisiana Business & Technology Center Small Business Incubator! We house over 30 small businesses as tenants in our incubator and have counseled thousands of entrepreneurs and small businesses in the state through various initiatives. Among these programs are our Technology Transfer Office, Mobile Classroom, and International Trade Consulting. Additionally, we operate the LSU Student Incubator to aid younger entrepreneurs who are still in school with their burgeoning businesses. Since we were established in 1988, we have endeavored to enhance economic development in Louisiana through the support of existing small businesses and the development of new businesses. Our success as a proving ground for technology applications and utilization and as a facilitator of the formation and growth of small businesses has been recognized often over the years. In 2005, the National Business Incubation Association (NBIA) named us the Randall M. Whaley Incubator of the Year. Four years later, we received the 2009 Economic Development Administration Excellence in Economic Development Award for Rural Economic Development, recognizing the tremendous service the Mobile Classroom provides. These two awards, however, only represent a small sampling of the honors that we have garnered collectively and as individuals. Louisiana Geological Survey – to develop, interpret and provide information describing the characteristics and distribution of Louisiana’s energy, mineral, water, and environmental resources, with special efforts being applied to research into the habitat of hydrocarbons and their environmentally safe extraction for commercial purposes. Interpret and describe the processes and natural, geologic and environmental hazards that affect the land, rivers, and coast; provide the information, through publications, open file reports, presentations and educational programs, to those interested in or involved with the state’s resources, including decision makers, scientists, government officials, industry (especially to Louisiana’s independent oil and gas producers, thereby enabling more economically efficient oil and gas exploration and production) and the public. Louisiana Space Consortium – a member of a nationwide organization that partners NASA with colleges / universities and other space related institutions to promote scientific research, workforce development, and public outreach to develop and strengthen long-term research capabilities that will make significant contributions to the research and technology Mission Directorates of NASA. In turn, this contributes to the overall research infrastructure, science and technology development of the state. This program is funded by NASA and the Louisiana Board of Regents. National Center for Biomedical Research and Training (NCBRT) – is a DHS training partner providing high-quality training to emergency responders throughout the United States and its territories under the NCBRT’s Homeland Security National Training Cooperative Agreement. Preparedness is shared, national responsibility requiring our active participation to prepare America to address its threats. Office of Intellectual Property, Commercialization & Development (OIP) – effectively commercialize inventions and discoveries emerging from research and other scholarly activities conducted at LSU acting as a bridge between the University research community and commercialization partners to facilitate the transfer of intellectual property created at LSU. Office of Sea Grant Development – promote stewardship of the state’s coastal resources through a combination of research, education and outreach programs critical to the cultural, economic and environmental health of Louisiana’s coastal zone. Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) – provide advice and support to the university community in the acquisition and administration of externally funded projects in furtherance of the instruction, research and public service mission of the university. Radiation Safety Office – provides research guidance and regulatory-mandated support of academic activities involving the use of sources of ionizing and non-ionizing radiation. Stephenson Disaster Management Institute (SDMI) – save lives of people and animals by continuously improving disaster response management through leadership in applied research and executive education. Stephenson National Center for Security Research and Training (SNCSRT) - coordinate efforts in security research and training and is a leader in providing training on anti-terrorism and counter-terrorism techniques and regularly supports projects initiated by state and federal law enforcement agencies.