To carry out interdisciplinary research in different scientific and humanistic fields, with special focus on research relevant to national needs.
To generate a system of information, recording and documentation of facts and processes relevant to the development of interdisciplinary areas in the sciences and humanities, or to interdisciplinary studies on Mexico and the present world.
Contributing to the training of researchers and academic technicians with the capacities and knowledge necessary to be in charge of collective research projects.
To provide a locale where postgraduate students can work on their theses, and where lecturers and researchers from the University can do their sabbatical work and develop research projects, or to which they can transfer temporarily in order to undertake specific interdisciplinary studies.
Publication of research results, either in print or through seminars, courses, academic meetings or discussion forums, at which the panelists can be present physically or through electronic media, between specialists in different academic fields.
To contribute to the training of interdisciplinary research groups both at the national and international levels.
To aid and counsel national research and service institutions at their request.