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Office of the Vice President for Research

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These stories highlight progress toward our shared goals and illustrate the many ways we are collectively advancing the university's research mission.


A year of excellence in research
Research Excellence
January 7, 2016

In 2015, the U’s research enterprise continued to thrive, including these three projects that are helping to advance medicine, technology and an understanding of the social world.


New opportunities in international research
Transdisciplinary Partnerships
November 20, 2015

A new strategy aims to further enhance international research collaborations by cultivating and expanding research efforts in countries with high growth potential and a diverse set of existing research collaborations.


MnDRIVE research expands through external funding
Research Excellence Transdisciplinary Partnerships Knowledge transfer Serendipity
October 29, 2015

A total of $57 million in external funding has helped fuel research in areas related to MnDRIVE, continuing the goal of tackling grand challenges.


Supercomputer fuels research to limit carbon emissions
Research Excellence Transdisciplinary Partnerships
October 21, 2015

Mesabi, the U’s most powerful supercomputer, makes it possible for researchers to simulate the way molecules move and interact — and in doing so, advance research around how matter behaves at the atomic scale.

Smart Cities

A better future through “smart cities” research
Transdisciplinary Partnerships Knowledge transfer Serendipity
September 28, 2015

Researchers are teaming up with city planners, nonprofit leaders and industry professionals to form solutions that tackle cities' emerging challenges and prepare them for the future.

Smart Cities

Colloquia embrace serendipity, spur new partnerships
Transdisciplinary Partnerships Serendipity
September 25, 2015

The Convergence Colloquia form partnerships that advance cutting-edge research and develop innovative solutions to critical societal issues.


Addressing grand challenges through transdisciplinary research
Knowledge transfer
August 24, 2015

From med tech to ed tech, researchers' innovations led to a record 16 new startup companies in fiscal 2015.


Serendipity grants target emerging societal issues
May 15, 2015

In the first Convergence Colloquia on Smart Cities and Infrastructure, experts, practitioners and community leaders from across Minnesota came together with U of M researchers to discuss how to create more intelligent, efficient and livable communities.


Convergence Colloquia: Cultivating serendipity for community action
January 15, 2015

The U's director of research engagement, Carissa Slotterback, shares insights about the value of serendipity and introduces the Convergence Colloquia, a new series of multi-disciplinary gatherings designed to advance cutting-edge research, develop innovative solutions and build long term partnerships that improve our world.


Addressing grand challenges through transdisciplinary research
Research Excellence Transdisciplinary Partnerships
September 25, 2014

The transdisciplinary concept has taken root in universities across the U.S. as a way to bring many together to address global challenges in areas such as health care, food systems, energy and the environment.


Discovery Capital bringing U discoveries to market
Knowledge transfer
August 19, 2014

The U's Discovery Capital Investment Program will help accelerate the process of turning breakthrough research into a commercially available product by providing startups the seed funding needed in the highly critical early stages.


Transdisciplinary awards fund projects targeting grand challenges
Research Excellence Transdisciplinary Partnerships Serendipity
July 15, 2014

When great minds from different fields come together in one place, they find new and unexpected ways to solve large problems. This concept, setting the stage for serendipity, sits at the heart of the MnDRIVE Transdisciplinary Research Program and nearly $6 million in awards.


Informatics Institute announces fellowship recipients
Research Excellence Transdisciplinary Partnerships
July 11, 2014

The University of Minnesota Informatics Institute has announced the recipients of its Transdisciplinary Faculty Fellowship to provide leadership in transdisciplinary collaborative projects at the interface of informatics and an application area.


OVPR awards nearly $3 million to invest in research infrastructure
Knowledge transfer
July 11, 2014

The OVPR announces the recipients of its Research Infrastructure Reinvestment Program awards. These one-time investments are designed to ensure the viability of existing, critical facilities and research support services on all campuses.


Seeking a culture of serendipity
Transdisciplinary Partnerships Serendipity
June 11, 2014

Most discoveries are not simple tosses of dice. Curiosity and preparation readied individuals to convert luck to invention. Mental preparation, funding, organizational environment, the right colleagues—these are all ingredients of serendipity.


Rightsizing faculty education requirements
Research Excellence
March 25, 2014

A recent study revealed that the additional continuing education requirement of RCR curriculum was no longer needed given the broad range of educational opportunities and requirements that have been implemented  at the U.


VP Herman presents 2013 research report, announces new strategic plan
Research Excellence Transdisciplinary Partnerships Knowledge transfer Serendipity
February 14, 2014

Vice President for Research Brian Herman presented the annual State of Research report to the Board of Regents and also announced a new five-year plan to advance the U’s research enterprise.