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Research Initiatives

The University of Minnesota is a top-10 public research institution conducting breakthrough research across a broad range of fields and disciplines. Our researchers improve our understanding of the world, and they help facilitate technologies and ideas that improve our quality of life. OVPR supports several research initiatives and promotes the University's research mission.

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The Technology Commercialization team is aiding the fight against COVID-19 by moving relevant innovations into the marketplace, connecting potential industry partners with researchers, and adopting licensing guidelines that aim to expedite solutions that address the pandemic.
COVID-19 Innovations
blue and yellow graphic with an outline of the state of Minnesota: MnDRIVE; Minnesota’s Discovery, Research and InnoVation Economy
MnDRIVE is a landmark partnership between the University and the state of Minnesota. After five years, MnDRIVE research initiatives are showing tangible results, elevating the University's research profile in key areas and connecting with Minnesota's communities and its economy.
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Learn more about the impact of University of Minnesota research and its role in advancing innovation and fostering economic development in the region. View research statistics

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among US public research institutions

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in systemwide research expenditures

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COVID-19 rapid response grants awarded

From Inquiry

Explore the impact of research on our world.

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The record level of research expenditures shows the magnitude of University efforts to advance knowledge and develop new technologies that benefit the public good.

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The startup, based on College of Science and Engineering research, is developing a nontoxic method for preserving biological cells used for cell therapy.

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Sep 25, 2020

Vice President for Research Chris Cramer visited the Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve. Cedar Creek, located in East Bethel, MN and part of the UMN College of Biological Sciences, is a biological field station with many ecosystems and species found throughout the forests and grasslands of North America.


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Sep 8, 2020

Research Computing, a department of the Office of the Vice President for Research, is one of nine UMN units that make up Digital Arts, Sciences & Humanities (DASH), a program that supports faculty and students who employ digital technologies in their research, teaching, and engagement work.

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Sep 1, 2020

Vice President for Research Christopher J. Cramer has received a 2021 American Chemical Society (ACS) Arthur C. Cope Late Career Scholars Award, recognizing his excellence in organic chemistry.

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