SOUTH BEND - A grant from the National Science Foundation is funding a new center for researchers from the University of Notre Dame, Indiana University and Purdue University study and improve upon challenges in the measurement science field. The university says the goal of the Center for Bioanalytic Metrology is to "deliver best-in-class molecular measurement tools and expertise."

The center will partner with companies and leaders from the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, agriculture, energy and analytical instrumentation sectors, according to the university. Located in McCourtney Hall on the South Bend campus, the CBM will focus on the latest advances in artificial intelligence, as well as addressing problems such as detecting chemicals at low quantities.

“The CBM, as a collaboration with Purdue University, Indiana University and its industrial affiliates, represents a prototype of the future of applied University research,” Robert Bernhard, vice president for research and professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering at Notre Dame, said in a news release. "Notre Dame has been building the capacity to do such research and we are excited, on behalf of our faculty and students, to have the opportunity to expand the scope of our bioanalytical research."

The CBM is funded through the NSF’s Industry-University Cooperative Research Center program. Notre Dame says the program focuses on "industrially relevant, pre-competitive research through multi-member, sustained partnerships among industry, academia and government."