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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 Rural Health Researchers Build the Evidence Base to Address the US Maternal Health Crisis

Rural communities are rapidly losing access to obstetric care. UMN’s Rural Health Research Center is tracking these losses and their impacts.

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UMN Project Offers Guardrails for Emerging Portable MRI Research

Emerging portable MRI technology can help researchers fill crucial information gaps and increase inclusivity in research but comes with unique ethical and legal considerations. UMN’s Consortium on Law and Values leads an NIH BRAIN Initiative-funded working group to develop guidance for these innovative efforts. 

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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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Research Animal Resources Announces the 2024 Patrick J. Manning Award Winners

July 9, 2024

Congratulations to Elise Lamont and Orion Rainwater, winners of this year's Patrick J. Manning Award, which goes to a University of Minnesota employee, postdoctoral associate, or graduate student who has shown special efforts on behalf of research animals.

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Over $5 Million Awarded to Support UMN Research Infrastructure

July 3, 2024

The Research and Innovation Office has awarded $2.6 million to 13 projects as part of the 2024 Research Infrastructure Investment Program. One-to-one matching funds provided by supporting units resulted in just over $5 million in total funds awarded. 

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Minnesota Joins SCALE Workforce Development Partnership

June 26, 2024

The University of Minnesota marks its participation in SCALE, a workforce development program sponsored by the Department of Defense. 

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RIO Establishes Headquarters in McNamara

June 24, 2024

After several years of planning, the Research and Innovation Office administration and support units are now located in the McNamara Alumni Center.

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Governor of Victoria, Australia, Visits UMN to Learn About Innovation in Minnesota and Deepen Partnerships

June 13, 2024

RIO hosted the Governor of Victoria, Australia, and her party for a tour of the Minnesota Nano Center, a presentation on the UMN International Institute for Biosensing (IIB), and a panel discussion with medical innovation leaders. 

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University of Minnesota Names First Chief Semiconductor Officer, Launches “CHIPS” Website

June 4, 2024

UMN has named Steven Koester as its first Chief Semiconductor Officer and launched a website devoted to the University’s semiconductor and microelectronics research and education. 

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