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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
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The Social Justice Impact Grants (SJIG) aim to catalyze rigorous, solution-oriented research on social justice topics, including criminal justice reform, housing segregation/gentrification, systemic racism, achievement gaps, health disparities, environmental justice, and related topics.
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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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9th

among US public research institutions

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$1.04B

in systemwide research expenditures

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87

COVID-19 rapid response grants awarded

From Inquiry

Explore the impact of research on our world.

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At 140 sites in 26 countries across the globe, Nutrient Network researchers are working to understand how human activities are changing grassland ecosystems.

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As researchers explore potential treatments for COVID-19, it's important for the public to understand the difference between clinical trials and clinical care.

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Nov 11, 2020

Researchers from the UMN College of Science & Engineering were recently named recipients of the 2020 TechConnect Business Innovation Awards.

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Nov 2, 2020

The Office of the Vice President for Research has announced a new grant program aimed at catalyzing rigorous, solution-oriented research on social justice topics. Program funding is 3-6 awards per year with total budgets of $25,000 - $50,000 for a 12 month period. 

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Oct 20, 2020

The US Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded $87.5M to establish the Bioindustrial Manufacturing And Design Ecosystem, or BioMADE, at the University of Minnesota.

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