Research Impact

The University of Minnesota is a top-15 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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Tools of Humanities Shine a Powerful Light on Commonalities in Rural Minnesota

Devaleena Das won the Innovation Impact Case Award for her creation of an open-access digital archive of experiential covid stories to show the common experiences across the differences in human bodies in rural Minnesota.

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Harnessing Citizen Science to Help Large African Mammals

UMN Lion Center Research Manager Sarah Huebner won the Innovation Impact Case Award for the development of Snapshot Safari, a large-scale large mammal tracking program that relies on citizen science to provide useful data for conservationists.

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UMN's Research Enterprise

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The University of Minnesota had $1.05 billion in external research award funding in fiscal year 2022, the second year in a row that funding exceeded the $1 billion mark.

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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OVPR News & Announcements

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2023 Innovation Impact Case Award Winners Announced

October 2, 2023

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) has announced the recipients of the Innovation Impact Case Award, which recognizes University of Minnesota research that has had significant impact outside of academia.

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Federal Shutdown Averted. Next Deadline is Nov. 17

October 1, 2023

Congress passed and President Biden signed a short-term continuing resolution (CR) to continue funding the federal government at the previous year’s level until November 17. 

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National Science Foundation Town Hall

September 25, 2023

Dr. Sethuraman Panchanathan, Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF), will host a town hall on October 13. Faculty and staff are invited to join Dr. Panchanathan and his team to learn more about NSF research activities and programs.

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