Research Centers

Experts at research centers across the university collaborate to deepen our understanding of the world around us.

Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation (CIVS)

We apply visualization and simulation to create innovative solutions as well as educational and collaborative tools.

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Center for Cybersecurity

An NSA/DHS Designated National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber-Defense Education, we are committed to cybersecurity research, education and future workforce development.

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Additional Research Centers


Center for Crime and Forensics

A multidisciplinary center that brings together expertise in criminal justice, forensic science and forensic accounting.

Center for Early Learning

Northwest Indiana’s support network for early childhood professionals promoting healthy development, quality care and education of young children and families.

Center for Global Studies

Established in 2006, this research and educational center is designed to promote multidisciplinary research on globalization and area studies.

Energy Efficiency and Reliability Center

Faculty and students at the EERC conduct research for industry, businesses, communities, and individuals that optimizes energy sources and value.

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Indiana Center for Evidence-Based Nursing Practice

A Joanna Briggs Institute Center of Excellence, part of a global effort to expand the use of research-based evidence to produce the best patient outcomes.

Institute for Social and Policy Research

We plan, support and conduct applied social science and policy research related to the social, health and educational challenges confronting the region.

Water Institute

We provide an interdisciplinary approach to complex issues dealing with water efficiency, water quality, economy, and water security.

Integrative Physiology and Health Sciences Center

The IPHS Center will lead research, teaching, and outreach with a proactive and holistic approach to human health.

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Center for High Energy Physics

The PNW Center for High Energy Physics utilizes the world’s highest energy particle accelerator at CERN and advanced detectors.

PNW Specialty Centers

Commercialization and Manufacturing Excellence Center

A catalyst for economic development and technological transfer throughout Northwest Indiana, we provide advanced manufacturing opportunities and related training for manufacturing companies of all sizes.

Community Counseling Center

We offer quality, affordable, short-term individual counseling for adults and children in Northwest Indiana.

Couple and Family Therapy Center

Providing cutting edge, evidence-based and research-informed treatment for effective therapy at an affordable cost.

Leadership Institute

We train emerging leaders to grow their leadership skills, enabling participants to add their vibrant leadership to our communities.


Hosted by PNW’s College of Nursing, Northwest Indiana AHEC strives to establish educational, recruitment and outreach programs, interprofessional collaborations and professional training in eight counties of Northwest Indiana.

Society of Innovators

From online workshops to in-person networking events and skills development, we offer programming that connects you with the people, tools and resources that drive growth.

NWI Small Business Development Center

Hosted by Purdue University Northwest, we look to impact the region’s businesses through workshops, one-on-one consulting and special events.

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Center for Justice and Post-Exoneration Assistance

The Center for Justice and Post-Exoneration Assistance (CJPA) at Purdue University Northwest aims to identify and eradicate miscarriages of justice and to provide support to those who have suffered from a wrongful conviction.