Research Centers Directory (RCD)

For more than 45 years, Research Centers Directory (RCD) has chronicled the efforts of North America’s premier nonprofit research organizations. It is the only comprehensive guide to the programs, staffing, publications and services of centers, laboratories, institutes, experiment stations, farms, research support facilities, technology transfer centers, think tanks, incubators, research parks, and more.

Research has been broadly defined to include fundamental, applied, and developmental studies, as well as data gathering, analysis, and synthesis activities. RCD also lists research-support units which operate as separate entities, such as statistical laboratories, survey units, information retrieval facilities, and certain museums. Additionlly, you will find information on university research coordinating offices, technology transfer centers, industrial liaison offices, research parks and foundations.

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Section 1: Scope

Research Centers Directory (RCD) provides a guide to the programs, facilities, publications, educational efforts and services of North America's leading nonprofit research institutes, centers, operating foundations, laboratories, bureaus, experiment stations, and other similar research facilities and activities. In addition to their nonprofit status, these organizations have two other key characteristics:

These programs cover all fields of endeavor, including:

Section 2: Method of Compilation

Listings in this edition of RCD have been significantly updated, with thousands of changes to contact and descriptive information. Such information was obtained directly from center officials through mailings, email contact, and the Internet.

Section 3: What You'll Find in an RCD Entry and Searchable Fields

Research Centers Directory (RCD) provides detailed information on programs, facilities, publications, educational efforts and services of North America's leading nonprofit research institutes. The main method used to store entries is by research center name; however, there many ways to find entries, including by Keyword, or by some other specific field of data using Advanced Search (refer to the Corresponding Advanced Search Index(es) column in the table below).

When you search for entries, your search results will show the main fields of data, enough to give you a brief view of the center profiled. The full entry can be viewed on the entry display page by selecting the entry name from your results list.

Tip: The table below lists the kinds of information you will find in the entries in this eDirectory. Note that not all fields are present in every entry.

The Corresponding Advanced Search Index(es) column lists which Advanced Search index to use to search that field.

Field of Information Description Corresponding Advanced Search Index(es)
Research Center Name Name of the research organization. If the research center is a unit of an academic or government institution, the college, university or government agency name is listed prior to the research center name. Keyword (ke)
Name (ti)
Acronym The official acronym or initials of the research center is listed in the entry.  
Address, City, State/Province, Zip/Postal Code, Country Contains the street address, city, state (or province), full zip code, and country code of the location or permanent mailing address of the research unit. In some instances the address may not be in the same city, state, or province, or even country, as the parent institution. City (cc)
State (sc)
Zip (zc)
Country (cn)
Phone Telephone number. This is listed when provided by the organization and is usually for the main office of activity. The area code portion of the phone number can be searched using Advanced Search. Area Code (ar)
Free Toll-free telephone number.  
Fax Fax number.  
TYY/Telex/Cable These are listed when provided by the organization.  
Email E-mail address, which may be for the center or institute itself or a contact person.  
Website URL for the web site of the center.  
Contact Primary officers, their titles, and personal email addresses may be provided when available. Generally includes the name and title of director or head of the center, or the main contact person. Keyword (ke)
Officers (na)
Alternate Name(s) If an organization has an alternate name, it is listed here. The different possibilities are a variant name or Also Known As (AKA), a previous name (Formerly), or a joining with another center (Merged with or Absorbed). Keyword (ke)
Name (ti)
Founded Year center was established. Year Founded (fd)
Staff Number of staff by functional area.  
Research Budget Annual budget for the center’s research activities.  
Annual Revenue Annual income generated by the center’s activities. Operating Revenue - in 1000s (rv)
Financial Support Sources of funding for the center.  
Description A description of the research center’s organization and/or affiliation is provided. Keyword (ke)
Description (de)
Research Principal research fields or projects are briefly described and a statement concerning the center’s research mission may also be provided. Description (de)
Resources Unique equipment, facilities, or capabilities maintained by the center, including research facilities and equipment, property, and special collections. Description (de)
Databases Names or descriptions of the center’s own electronic databases. Description (de)
Publications Publications published by the organization, including newsletters, annual reports, magazines, journals, and monographs. Description (de)
Educational Activities Academic programs sponsored by the center, including programs for continuing education, professional education special certification, and specialized training. Also includes seminars, workshops, conferences, etc. Description (de)
Meetings Meetings held regularly by the center. Description (de)
Scholarships Fellowships, grants, scholarships, internships, and other forms of financial assistance provided to students and fellows who participate in research activities. Description (de)
Awards Lists competitive prizes awarded by the organization. The description may include the monetary value, frequency, and number of awards bestowed. Description (de)
Services Clinical services, consulting activities, technical assistance, and public services offered by the center. Description (de)
Membership Participation in or affiliation with other organizations, such as associations, consortia, etc. Description (de)
Library Name or type of library maintained by the center. Libraries Maintained (lb)
Library Holdings Lists specific types of publications maintained by the center’s library, including volumes, books, journals, slides, audiotapes, and more. Description (de)
Subjects Lists the specific subjects or topics of the holdings of the library. Description (de)
Librarian Lists name of the librarian, and when given, the librarian’s official title and email. Description (de)
Information Officer Lists the name of the information officer and email when provided by the organization.  
Technology Transfer Officer Lists the name of the technology transfer officer and email when provided by the organization.  
Subject(s) Lists subject matter terms associated with the principal field or fields of research conducted by the center or unit. Keyword (ke)
Section Broad category into which the center is grouped. The Sections in RCD are:
Agriculture, Food, and Veterinary Sciences - 01
Biological and Environmental Sciences - 02
Medical and Health Sciences - 03
Astronomy and Space Sciences - 04
Computers and Mathematics- 05
Engineering and Technology - 06
Physical and Earth Sciences - 07
Business and Economics - 08
Government and Public Affairs - 09
Labor and Industrial Relations - 10
Law - 11
Behavioral and Social Sciences - 12
Education - 13
Humanities and Religion - 14
Regional and Area Studies - 15 (includes Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, Middle East, North America, South America, former Soviet Bloc)
Multidisciplinary Programs - 16
Research Coordinating Offices and Research Parks - 17
Keyword (ke)
Section Heading (sh)
Section Number (sn)
Source Citation Bibliographic information, along with a How to Cite link.  
Gale Document Number Displays the document's unique identifying number. ;  

Section 4: Comments and Suggestions Welcome

Questions, concerns, or comments about Research Centers Directory in general or matters pertaining to specific listings in RCD, as well as suggestions for new listings, should be directed to Donna Wood, Senior Content Project Editor, Research Centers Directory.

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