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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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9th

among US public research institutions

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$948M

in systemwide research expenditures

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230

technology licenses executed

From Inquiry

Explore the impact of research on our world.

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A team of U researchers is leading an effort to develop standards, data sets, and informatics tools to accelerate water resources research and development.

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The 2019 EIO participants

Experts from across disciplines explored opportunities for international collaboration around pressing challenges in human, animal, and environmental health.

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UMN Research News

Jul 17, 2019
The University of Minnesota, long an engine of innovation, is redoubling its efforts to commercialize promising technologies developed by researchers more at home in the lab than the boardroom. 
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Jul 16, 2019

Since 2013, U scientists have been working on an ambitious program called MnDRIVE Brain Conditions to bring new and improved therapies to Minnesotans.

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Jun 27, 2019

Researchers showcased medical devices they have developed for veterans who are undergoing physical rehabilitation or have physical disabilities. 

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