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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.

Monarch caterpillar on milkweed plant in roadside
Drawing on more than 400 roadside site surveys, Emile Snell-Rood and collaborators provide data-driven guidance to optimize restoring roadside habitats that serve pollinators.
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In addition to impacting climate change through her scholarship and the work of the University’s Institute on the Environment (IonE), Jessica Hellmann finds success in a third pathway through entrepreneurship via Geofinancial Analytics.
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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.

Dr. Friedemann-Sanchez and Dr. Grieve sitting at a table together.

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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Jun 23, 2022

Michael Oakes weighs in on the economic importance of research universities in a Star Tribune op-ed.

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Blue abstract background with gold/white text: Research Infrastructure - Office of the Vice President for Research
Jun 14, 2022

OVPR has announced the recipients of the 2022 Research Infrastructure Investment Program awards. The program provides funding to ensure the viability of critical facilities and research support services across the University.

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Minnesota Futures: OVPR grants $500k to lead pollution & cancer research projects (including images representing lead pollution and cancer cells)
Jun 3, 2022

OVPR granted nearly $500,000 to two projects, one to study ways to mitigate lead pollution in Minnesota soil and water and another to develop models to better understand the development of rare but deadly tumors. 

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