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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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10th

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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University startup Surgical Information Sciences generates patient-specific 3D maps to help surgeons more precisely target deep brain stimulation.

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Researchers are working on a first-of-its-kind bioreactor to reduce CO2 into a storable liquid that can then be made into various chemicals and materials.

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Jul 28, 2021

Four new PI (principal investigator) reports are now available in OVPR's Research Reporting Center, which provides reporting on UMN research measures, such as sponsored awards and research expenditures, as well as custom reports for specific business unit needs.

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May 3, 2021

Kyle Shelton of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University in Houston has been named the next director of the University of Minnesota Center for Transportation Studies (CTS). 

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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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