In the mid 1970's university research institutes were founded and made the Midrasha their home:
- The Ben-Gurion Research Institute and Archives
Its aim is to research and document topics related to the history of Zionism, the establishment of the State of Israel, the legacy of David Ben-Gurion, and the resettlement of the Negev.
- The Jacob Blaustein Institute for Desert Research
The mission of the BIDR is to study the Negev and other deserts and to explore means for their sustainable use.
- The Center for Desert Architecture & Urban Planning
- Albert Katz International School for Desert Studies
- The Jacob Blaustein International Center for Desert Studies
- The Mitrani Center for Desert Ecology
- The David Ben-Gurion National Solar Energy Center