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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.

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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You know the University of Minnesota is the state's major research university, but do you really know what the U of M does for you? Join us on a journey across our great state, as we share the stories that bring the drive to discover home to Minnesota's doorstep.
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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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$940M

in research expenditures

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120+

startup companies based on U of M research

From Inquiry

Explore the impact of research on our world.

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The U of M Libraries’ Archives and Special Collections curates collections of written, visual, and auditory materials that can’t be found anywhere else.

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U researchers are working to develop new machine learning techniques to guide decision-making around urgent issues in agriculture and the environment.

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