Through teaching, research, service and professional development programs, the Institute for Public Engagement connects Wake Forest University to its community. Reflecting Wake Forest University’s commitment to the broader good and public interest, the Institute for Public Engagement serves students, faculty and communities at the local, state, national and international levels as a resource for public engagement in of all forms.
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.
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.
Center for Enterprise Research and Education
The Center for Enterprise Research and Education (CERE) is directed by Ajay Patel, GMAC Chair in Finance of the Schools of Business; Anthropology Professor Jeanne Simonelli; Religion Professor Ulrike Wiethaus; and Elizabeth Gatewood, Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship.
It builds on WFU projects and training programs in Benin, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Nicaragua, and the Chiapas region of Mexico to establish WFU as the leader in entrepreneurial research, practice, and education in developing countries. Its first task is to develop a comprehensive methodology to assess the needs of entrepreneurs and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) for education and enterprise development programs and to determine the impact that culture, political systems, religion, environmental conditions and participant differences have on those needs. Its ultimate goal is to identify training and micro-enterprise development models that are appropriate and effective in different cultural settings.
Under 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.
The 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.
The 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.
The 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.
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: (PDF)
Five-year Center Plans
Five-year center plans may be submitted to the Office of the Provost.
Instructions for submitting five-year center plans: (PDF)
Proposal Review Criteria and Process: (PDF)