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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.

Research Ethics Week and UMN M logo, March 2 - 6, 2020
Research Ethics Week (March 2 - 6, 2020) is the University of Minnesota's annual week-long series of college and department-led educational opportunities focused on professional development and best practices to promote, maintain, and model high standards of ethics and integrity in research.
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blue and yellow graphic with an outline of the state of Minnesota: MnDRIVE; Minnesota’s Discovery, Research and InnoVation Economy
MnDRIVE is a landmark partnership between the University and the state of Minnesota. After five years, MnDRIVE research initiatives are showing tangible results, elevating the University's research profile in key areas and connecting with Minnesota's communities and its economy.
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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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among US public research institutions

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in systemwide research expenditures

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new MN-IP agreements with industry

From Inquiry

Explore the impact of research on our world.

First responders gather around a victim to provide treatment

A collaboration between researchers in the Center for Drug Design and Windgap Medical aims to save victims of cyanide poisoning after mass-exposure incidents.

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Hope Jahren speaks to attendees of the 2020 Speaking Science conference

Earlier this month, UMN faculty, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students came together to hone their communications and storytelling skills.

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Feb 10, 2020

On January 24, 2020, Vice President for Research Chris Cramer overviewed the University of Minnesota’s work in research, teaching, engagement, and operations before a group of lawmakers interested in climate change issues.   

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Feb 7, 2020

On January 14, Technology Commercialization hosted its first ever waffle breakfast for innovators who are new to the University of Minnesota in the past three years.

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Jan 23, 2020

The University of Minnesota's Institutional Review Board recently underwent two separate external reviews of its Human Research Protection Program that suggest positive outcomes from recent changes.

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