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Research Impact

The University of Minnesota is a top public research institution conducting innovative and impactful research across a broad range of fields and disciplines. Our researchers improve our understanding of the world and help facilitate technologies and ideas that positively impact the prosperity, welfare, and security of our communities, state, nation, and beyond.

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UMN’s Polar Geospatial Center Provides Support to Research at the Ends of the Earth

The Polar Geospatial Center’s important role in polar science research includes high resolution mapping and elevation models, customized data products, and ongoing contributions to Antarctic place naming procedures and policies.

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UMN Research Tackles Forever Chemicals

University researchers are amassing evidence and techniques to suggest that the so-called “forever chemicals” known as PFAS may not be so eternal after all.


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UMN's Research Enterprise

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The University of Minnesota had $1.13 billion in external research award funding in fiscal year 2023, the second largest award total ever.

Learn about the impact of UMN research and its role in advancing innovation and fostering economic development in the region. View research statistics

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in systemwide research expenditures (FY 2022)
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Social Justice Impact Grants Announced

February 9, 2024

RIO will start accepting applications for its Social Justice Impact Grants on February 19. The grants are aimed at catalyzing rigorous, solution-oriented research on social justice topics.

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2024 Research Infrastructure Investment Program

February 5, 2024

Letters of intent are now being accepted for the 2024 Research Infrastructure Investment Program. LOI due March 4; full proposal due April 1.

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Priya Visits Kiel, a Leading University in Northern Germany

February 2, 2024

VP for Research and Innovation Shashank Priya visited Kiel University to discuss current research collaborations and potential areas of collaboration.

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RIO Leaders Meet with the United States Air Force Digital Transformation Office

January 30, 2024

Members of the Research and Innovation Office and Tech Comm met with representatives from Collaboration.ai and the United States Air Force Digital Transformation Office to discuss novel ways to connect technology innovation to government needs.

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Research Ethics Week: February 26 - March 1, 2024

Research Ethics Week 2024

January 26, 2024

Join your peers and colleagues across the University for Research Ethics Week, February 26 - March 1, 2024, the annual week-long series of educational opportunities focused on research ethics.

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ARPA-E Seminar: February 2

January 26, 2024

Douglas Wicks, program director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), will host a seminar on February 2.

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