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Research Impact

The University of Minnesota is a top-10 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 researchers develop a noninvasive, cost-effective eye imaging camera that can detect Alzheimer’s disease even before symptoms are evident.
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Driven by the urgency of climate change, UMN researcher Sayan Biswas invented a spark plug alternative that potentially leaves no carbon footprint.
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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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$1.07B

in systemwide research expenditures (FY 2020)

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$256M

awarded to UMN researchers for COVID-19-related research in FY 2021

From Inquiry

Explore the impact of research on our world.

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In 2018, two University of Minnesota researchers traveled to a United Nations council meeting to advocate for changes to address an epidemic of violence against women in Colombia.

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Researchers aim to help train pharmacists and educate patients with the goal of improving medication outcomes for groups with higher rates of kidney failure.

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UMN and Sandia National Labs Kick Off Partnership to Advance National Security Research: pictures of Susan Seestrom, Michael Oakes, and Andrew G. Alleyne
May 4, 2022

The University of Minnesota and Sandia National Laboratories are implementing a foundation for increased research interactions and collaborations between individual staff, faculty, and students at the two institutions.

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Maroon and grey image: Research Technical Staff Award; Office of the Vice President for Research
Apr 29, 2022

The Research Technical Staff Award recognizes staff for their distinguished service to the UMN research community and celebrates exemplary leadership that positively impacted their colleagues and advanced the University's mission.

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Innovation Impact Case Award
Apr 19, 2022

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) has announced the recipients of its inaugural Innovation Impact Case Award, which recognizes University of Minnesota research that has led to significant impact outside of academia. 

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