Skip to Content

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.

Innovation Impact Case Award
The Innovation Impact Case Award recognizes research that has led to significant impact outside of academia and has made a meaningful difference in our communities. The competition is open to all eligible UMN faculty and researchers systemwide and applications open on October 5, 2021.
Learn more and apply for this award
COVID-19 Innovations written over grey and white lines
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
illustrated graph

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

award icon

10th

among US public research institutions

illustrated icon of a laboratory beaker and a dollar sign

$1.04B

in systemwide research expenditures

illustration of a virus

87

COVID-19 rapid response grants awarded

From Inquiry

Explore the impact of research on our world.

Collage showing a vaccine, a young male using a pipette in a lab, a microscopic view of a coronavirus, and people conducting field research in a pond

University of Minnesota researchers successfully competed for a record amount of external funding last year, pushing past the $1 billion mark for the first time in the University’s history.

Read More
Categories:
Oak tree in a sunny field

Hyperspectral imaging may provide a quicker and more accurate way to detect trees infected with oak wilt and inform efforts to stanch the disease's spread.

Read More

Oct 18, 2021

A revolutionary robot developed in Duluth will be helping meet people’s emotional, physical, and cognitive support, thanks to a partnership between UMD Computer Science Professor Arshia Khan and Monarch Healthcare group.

Read More
Aug 23, 2021

Michael Oakes has accepted the interim vice president for research position following the departure of VP Chris Cramer in summer 2021.

Read More
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.

Read More