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Eudaimonia Institute

The purpose of the Eudaimonia Institute (EI) is to explore the elements of and institutions that support eudaimonia, or genuine human flourishing. We wish to create the first community of scholars dedicated to developing an interdisciplinary understanding of what eudaimonia is, what the institutions are that support it, and what its chief obstacles are, all in the hopes of enabling more people to achieve eudaimonia.

Humanities Insititute

The Humanities Institute sponsors programs and provides funding for faculty in the humanities and their collaborators in other fields of study, fosters collaboration among scholars in the humanistic disciplines, and promotes cross- and interdisciplinary research and other creative activity that engages the humanities. It also supports joint faculty-student research and co-curricular activities in the humanities, and builds partnerships with the public community outside Wake Forest. In so doing, the Institute advances the university’s commitment to education and scholarship that is pro humanitate and underscores the value of the humanities for the common good.

Pro Humanitate Institute

Through teaching, research, service and professional development programs, the Pro Humanitate Institute connects Wake Forest University to its community. Reflecting Wake Forest University’s commitment to the broader good and public interest, the Pro Humanitate Institute serves students, faculty and communities at the local, state, national and international levels as a resource for public engagement in of all forms.



Anna Julia Cooper Center

The Anna Julia Cooper Center is an interdisciplinary center at Wake Forest University that fosters scholarly research, supports student engagement, and connects with community organizations dedicated to issues of gender, race, and politics in the South. The Center’s raison d’être is Anna Julia Cooper, whose pioneering scholarship and activism laid the foundation for black American feminism and insisted on the importance of Southern voices in American politics. It is led by founding director Melissa Harris-Perry, Presidential Endowed Chair in Politics and International Affairs and host of “Melissa Harris-Perry” on MSNBC.

Centers for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials

The Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials at Wake Forest University was founded in 2004 and serves the Wake Forest University/Wake Forest Baptist Heath research communities as a broad spectrum infrastructural resource.  The mission of  WF-Nanotech is to provide for world class research, outstanding and unique educational opportunities, transformation of local economies.

IPLACe: The Interdisciplinary Performance and the Liberal Arts Center

Drawing together artists, scholars, students, faculty, and staff from every corner of our campus, IPLACe uses performance collaborations—with Chemistry, Religion, History, Politics, Math, Romance Languages, Neuroscience, Documentary Film, and anything else you can think of—to give us all a place, a time, and a reason to talk to each other about the things we care about.

Translational Science Center: Fostering Independence in Aging

translationalUnder the direction of Daniel Kim-Shapiro (Physics), the TSC focuses on promoting and maintaining functional health in aging. Both past and current research projects look at the effects of  interventions on cognitive function and physical activity. The center team includes medical staff, behavioral scientists and basic scientists who develop experimental interventions to improve physical and cognitive health in aging populations while using observations from these interventions to plan new studies. The center aims to develop a new undergraduate minor in translational science in addition to a graduate certificate program.

Center for Bioethics, Health and Society

bioethics1The Wake Forest University Center for Bioethics, Health, and Society is a collaborative intellectual space for addressing ethical, social, and policy issues of importance for biotechnology, health care, biomedical research, and public health. The Center brings together faculty, students, and staff from all disciplines across all WFU campuses and schools, and engages academic and public stakeholders locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally to advance research, education, and communication about bioethics issues.

Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability

20080222smith2542The Center for Energy, Environment, and Sustainability (CEES) is directed by Miles Silman, Associate Professor of Biology in conjunction with Richard Williams, Reynolds Professor of Physics; Daniel Fogel, Executive Professor of Strategy, Schools of Business; and William K. Smith, Charles H. Babcock Professor of Biology.

The world needs the leadership and engagement of universities to remediate energy and environmental problems because they generate new knowledge and technology, gather deep and varied expertise, and train future leaders. In CEES, 60 faculty and staff across 16 departments and academic and administrative units coalesce in 3 areas of urgent concern: renewable energy research; biodiversity and ecosystem services; and policy, enterprise and ecosystem markets. It will conduct research and scholarly activities, education, and public engagement to generate new research teams and new ways of thinking.

Center for Molecular Communication and Signaling

20100728research9563The Center for Molecular Communication and Signaling (CMCS) is directed by Biology Professor Gloria Muday; in conjunction with Mathematics Professor Edward Allen; Rebecca Alexander, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Co-Director of the Undergraduate Research & Creative Activities (URECA) Center; and Leslie Poole, Professor of Biochemistry and Director of the Center for Structural Biology.

It teams investigators in the life, physical, computational, and mathematical sciences to tackle basic questions about molecular communication among and within the cells of living organisms ranging from insects to plants to humans. CMCS will enhance opportunities to secure external funds for research and needed equipment by linking the College, Graduate School, and School of Medicine and building connections to Winston-Salem State University, North Carolina A & T State University, and Salem College. Members will share research, instrumentation, teaching, and mentoring resources to advance all areas of the university’s mission, enhancing our national profile and attracting exciting new faculty and students.

Planning Grants

One-year Center Planning Grants

The Provost’s Office will fund planning for additional centers in the future.  Each of these one-year planning grants should be used to develop and submit a five-year operational plan for a new center.

Instructions for submitting Center Planning Grants

Five-year Center Plans

Five-year center plans may be submitted to the Office of the Provost.

Instructions for submitting Five-Year Center Plans

Proposal Review Criteria and Process

Renewal Guidelines