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Research Initiatives

Through MnDRIVE, we are engaging interdisciplinary partners from across the U of M and beyond to address grand challenges and advance the research mission.

MnDrive: Minnesota's Discovery; Research and InnoVation Economy
We are discovering solutions to society's greatest challenges through multidisciplinary research collaborations and business partnerships throughout the state.
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A research partnership with state leadership is producing innovations in robotics, brain treatments, global food systems, and transforming wastes in soil.
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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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8th

among US public research institutions

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$900M

in research expenditures

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115+

startup companies based on U of M research

From Inquiry

Explore the impact of research on our world.

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U researchers' work in understanding how different fungi rot trees will help climate modelers predict changes in terrestrial and atmospheric carbon pools.

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New research projects underway within University of Minnesota Extension aim to support the prosperity of rural areas across the state.

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