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Research Initiatives

Through MnDRIVE, we are engaging interdisciplinary partners from across the U of M and beyond to address grand challenges and advance the 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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A research partnership with state leadership is producing innovations in robotics, brain treatments, global food systems, and transforming wastes in soil.
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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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8th

among US public research institutions

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$940M

in research expenditures

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120+

startup companies based on U of M research

From Inquiry

Explore the impact of research on our world.

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Civil engineering researchers are testing a promising new material that may better prevent radiation leaks from nuclear fuel rods.

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Melanie Graham's lab, which studies diabetes and obesity, is one example of the U of M's dedication to fostering a culture of ethical animal research.

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