Beside the doctoral schools, the research centres of the University are the drivers of research and innovation at NUPS. The Institute for Research and Development on State and Governance has a special status as an inter-faculty institute coordinating and supporting the complex, transdisciplinary research efforts of the various faculties, departments and institutions of the University according to the research strategy of NUPS. Based on the unity of research and curriculum development, the research activities are carried out at the various departments of the faculties.
The research centres of NUPS are focusing on different areas. Embedded into the Faculty of Political Sciences and Public Administration the Tamás Molnár Research Centre conducts research activities related to public service training and the management of decision-making processes, while the Local Governments' Research Centre is focusing sustainable local governments and the realisation of good-governance. The Chinese Public Administration, Economy and Society Research Centre has a special research area reflected by its name, operating at the Faculty of International and European Studies. While the previously mentioned centres are connected to faculties, the Centre for Strategic and Defence Studies acts as an inter-Faculty unit and is mostly engaged in activities related to security and defence policy.
The research priorities of the National University of Public Service are: