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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.

COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants
OVPR is accepting applications for OVPR COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants, a program that aims to catalyze and energize small-scale research projects designed to address and mitigate the risk associated with the coronavirus pandemic, including cascading impacts in communities.
COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants
blue and yellow graphic with an outline of the state of Minnesota: MnDRIVE; Minnesota’s Discovery, Research and InnoVation Economy
MnDRIVE is a landmark partnership between the University and the state of Minnesota. After five years, MnDRIVE research initiatives are showing tangible results, elevating the University's research profile in key areas and connecting with Minnesota's communities and its economy.
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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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$982M

in systemwide research expenditures

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103

new MN-IP agreements with industry

From Inquiry

Explore the impact of research on our world.

Novel coronavirus

UMN scientists have laid the groundwork for designing drugs to block the novel coronavirus from attaching itself to, and infecting, human cells.

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Books on countless shelves at the Library of Trinity College Dublin

At UMN Morris, research into biographical novels shows how authors can speak volumes by intentionally fictionalizing aspects of a real person's life.

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Apr 6, 2020

OVPR is accepting applications for OVPR COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants, a program that aims to catalyze and energize small-scale research projects designed to address and mitigate the risk associated with the coronavirus pandemic, including cascading impacts in communities.

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Feb 26, 2020

VPR Cramer and Technology Commercialization staff visited the Moriarity lab, which is developing novel cellular therapeutics for genetherapy and cancer immunotherapy.

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Feb 10, 2020

On January 24, 2020, Vice President for Research Chris Cramer overviewed the University of Minnesota’s work in research, teaching, engagement, and operations before a group of lawmakers interested in climate change issues.   

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