PEI’s principle established interdisciplinary research centers include:
Carbon Migitation Initiative (CMI)
The Carbon Mitigation Initiative is a 15-yearlong partnership among Princeton University and BP with the goal of finding solutions to the carbon and climate problem. The program involves over seventy faculty, research associates and graduate students from the sciences, engineering and policy fields. CMI’s research groups are aligned around projects in climate science, energy technology and carbon capture, carbon storage, and integration and policy.
Center for BioComplexity (CBC)
The Center for BioComplexity, is home to a variety of research efforts, ranging from the modeling of the dynamics of ecological systems to the investigation of strategies for dealing with management of ecological resources in the Global Commons. Its focus is the development of new mathematical and empirical approaches to complexity in biology, looking for both unification and uniqueness across levels of organization.
Cooperative Institute for Climate Science (CICS)
The Cooperative Institute for Climate Science (CICS) is a collaboration between Princeton University and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) to carry out basic research in the climate sciences. CICS provides expertise and performs research in the climate sciences including climate change and variability, and biogeochemical cycles.
Energy Systems Analysis Group
Research activities of PEI's Energy Systems Analysis Group focus on identifying technologies and policies that could facilitate long-term solutions for major energy-related societal problems -- including global climate change, urban air pollution, energy-import dependence, the risk of nuclear weapons proliferation, and poverty in developing countries.
The Grand Challenges Initiative is an integrated research and teaching program designed to promote student involvement and faculty research on complex global environmental issues with scientific, technical, public policy, and human dimensions. This multidisciplinary Program offers faculty, students, and researchers opportunities to tackle some of the world's most pressing environmental issues in the areas of climate and energy, sustainabile development, and global health.