University of Minnesota
Office of the Vice President for Research

Office of the Vice President for Research : University of MinnesotaOffice of the Vice President for Research : University of Minnesota

Our initiatives

The Office of the Vice President for Research sponsors a variety of initiatives that promote the research enterprise at the University of Minnesota.

Advancing human research protections

OVPR is working with units and departments across the university, including the Academic Health Center, the Faculty Senate and university leadership, to implement an action plan that will strengthen our human research protections and help the U continue to advance critical research.

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Committee for Pharmaceutical Development

Co-sponsored by the offices of the Vice President for Research and the Vice President for Health Sciences, the CPD aims to identify, develop, and commercialize pharmaceutical products by fostering dialogue between university researchers and industry experts, and providing translational research support.

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Convergence Colloquia

A new series of multi-disciplinary gatherings aim to advance cutting-edge research, develop innovative solutions and build long term partnerships that improve our world.

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Council of Research Associate Deans

The council reviews and provides guidance on policies and serves as a forum for the university's research colleges to exchange information.

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Minnesota’s Discovery, Research and InnoVation Economy is a landmark partnership between the university and the state of Minnesota. By aligning areas of university strength with opportunity and need, MnDRIVE will enhance the university’s ability to produce breakthrough research that addresses our state and society’s greatest challenges.

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Minnesota Innovation Partnerships is a new and unique approach to the way the university handles intellectual property arising from research projects funded by business and industry partners.

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Risk Recalibration

This initiative seeks to develop a more strategic approach to risk management across the university, with the goal of enhancing innovation, creativity, productivity, morale and performance.

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