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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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The 2018 Annual Report on Research and Technology Commercialization shows the U of M's research enterprise continues to flourish.

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Dendrites in the brain

Researchers have discovered how iron deficiency, which affects an estimated 2 billion people worldwide, starves the brain's growing neurons.

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