Promoting the theory and practice of biologically inspired design through research, training and engagement

We combine focal research with a deep design process

The Center for Biologically inspired design is dedicating to improving the ability of scientists, engineers, and other professionals to translate biological knowledge into innovative products and processes. We advance these goals through fundamental research, novel interdisciplinary training and education, academic-industrial collaborations at all levels, and public outreach.

CBID offers K12 curricular materials, undergraduate courses and a certificate, and a rich environment for graduate education.

CBID affiliated faculty perform fundamental and translational research in biology, engineering, and design.

CBID promotes vigorous exchange between students, researchers, and industry through training, networking and academic-industrial partnerships.

Interdisciplinary Approach

CBID supports novel and creative research at the interface of biology, engineering, architecture and design using approaches informed by fundamental research in cognitive science and design theory.



Industrial Design


Cognitive Sciences