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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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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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AI and Autonomy Leader from DoD Visits UMN

June 3, 2024

Dr. Kimberly Sablon, Principal Director for Trusted AI and Autonomy at the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E)) visited the University of Minnesota. 

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UMN Deepens Partnership at “Sandia Day”

May 22, 2024

Twenty-eight researchers and leaders from Sandia National Labs visited the University of Minnesota on April 10 for “Sandia Day at the UMN” to learn more about UMN’s research and capabilities and to deepen research cooperation. 

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2024 Sustainable GeoCommunities Seed Grants

May 19, 2024

The Sustainable GeoCommunities seed grants will leverage the power of research to help local communities around the world to meet UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Social Justice Impact Grants Address Community Health Issues Across the State

May 17, 2024

The Research and Innovation Office (RIO) is excited to announce the recipients of the 2024 Social Justice Impact Grants. RIO will provide a total of $95,442 to fund projects that address community health issues across Minnesota.

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