ECA supports a number of internationally recognised research centers including: the Centre for Design Informatics, the Institute for Music in Human and Social Development, OPENspace and the Scottish Documentary Institute.

The centers drive the key strategic research themes of the College to ensure the most effective impact. They provide a vital focus by representing their respective disciplines at the highest possible level and through working with colleagues from schools across the University of Edinburgh, in the sciences, medicine, social sciences and humanities. Each Centre operates under a director, a senior academic from the ECA, who together with associated members, provide direction and support for funding, PG research students, interdisciplinary collaboration, Master’s programmes, Knowledge Exchange and Impact.