Carl Sagan Center


The Carl Sagan Center for Research (CSC) brings together all the scientific research at the SETI Institute. Home to more than 75 scientists, the CSC conducts grant-funded research across nearly all branches of science addressing researching questions around the development of life, where else in the universe it exists and how we might find it. Research is focused on six core research divisions:

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Exoplanets
  • Astrobiology
  • Climate and Geoscience
  • Planetary Exploration
  • SETI

Research at the CSC focuses on a wide set of disciplines ranging from observing and modeling the precursors of life in the depths of outer space to studies of Earth and its rich biological history. Many SETI Institute scientists participate as investigators in NASA space flight missions, as observers on some of the world’s finest telescopes, and as explorers probing life in inhospitable environments on Earth. The SETI Institute has many partners in its scientific research including NASA, the National Science Foundation (NSF), and major universities.

In 2017, SETI Institute scientists published 147 peer-reviewed articles scientific journals, 225 conference proceedings and abstracts, participated in hundreds of media stories and interviews, and delivered 177 invited talks.