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From Nobel Prize winners to undergraduates, all members of the Stanford community are engaged in the creation of knowledge.

15 Institutes Cross interdisciplinary boundaries
20 Libraries Hold over 12 million items
$1.98 Billion Sponsored research budget

The Research Enterprise

Stanford’s culture of collaboration drives innovative discoveries in areas vital to our world, our health, and our intellectual life.

Interdisciplinary Research

At the intersection of disciplines is where new ideas emerge and innovative research happens.

Stanford Research

Institutes, Labs & Centers

Fifteen independent labs, centers, and institutes engage faculty and students from across the university.

Independent Laboratories, Centers and Institutes

Other Research Centers & Labs

Academic departments sponsor numerous other research centers and labs.

Listing of Stanford Research Centers

Where Research Happens

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

SLAC is a U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory operated by Stanford, conducting research in chemistry, materials and energy sciences, bioscience, fusion energy science, high-energy physics, cosmology and other fields.

Hoover Institution

The Hoover Institution, devoted to the study of domestic and international affairs, was founded in 1919 by Herbert Hoover, a member of Stanford’s pioneer class of 1895 and the 31st U.S. president.

Two graduate students chat during a coffee break at the O'Donohue Family Stanford Educational Farm

Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Working toward a future in which societies meet people’s needs for water, food and health while protecting and nurturing the planet.

Stanford Humanities Center

Advancing research into the historical, philosophical, literary, artistic, and cultural dimensions of the human experience.

Stanford Bio-X

Biomedical and life science researchers, clinicians, engineers, physicists and computational scientists come together to unlock the secrets of the human body.

Former U.S. President Barack Obama delivers the keynote address at "Challenges to Democracy in the Digital Information Realm," a symposium co-hosted by the Stanford Cyber Policy Center and the ObamaFoundation .

Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI)

Understanding problems, policies and processes that cross borders and affect lives around the world.

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Stanford University Libraries

Stanford is home to more than 20 individual libraries, each with a world-class collection of books, journals, films, maps and databases.

Stanford University Libraries

Online Catalog

SearchWorks is Stanford University Libraries’ official online search tool providing metadata about the 8 million+ resources in our physical and online collections.


Students study in the Lane Reading Room in Green Library

Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate Advising and Research (UAR) connects undergraduates with faculty to conduct research, advanced scholarship, and creative projects.

Research Administration

The Office of the Vice Provost and Dean of Research, provides comprehensive information about the research enterprise at Stanford.

Find A Researcher

Search and read profiles of Stanford faculty, staff, students, and postdocs. Find researchers with whom you would like to collaborate.