Communities of Excellence

Problem solvers

UB faculty in the Communities of Excellence will work together across disciplines to address major issues facing our world.



UB is establishing three new Communities of Excellence that will harness the strengths of faculty from disciplines across the university to confront grand challenges facing humankind.


About 100 faculty members discussed potential areas of focus for RENEW, UB's interdisciplinary environmental research initiative, during a recent workshop.

Communities of excellence videos

GEM will advance our understanding of the genome and microbiome, and use that knowledge to improve the health of our community.

Global Health Equity will tackle inequities and disparities in global health in a new way.

SMART will develop advanced manufacturing processes and technologies that will enable cost-effective design and production of high-quality, customizable products.

RENEW focuses on complex energy and environmental issues, as well as their social and economic ramifications.