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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.

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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
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The Social Justice Impact Grants (SJIG) aim to catalyze rigorous, solution-oriented research on social justice topics, including criminal justice reform, housing segregation/gentrification, systemic racism, achievement gaps, health disparities, environmental justice, and related topics.
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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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$1.04B

in systemwide research expenditures

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87

COVID-19 rapid response grants awarded

From Inquiry

Explore the impact of research on our world.

Researchers operate laboratory equipment that has been set up in a classroom setting.

Research into how HVAC systems affect the spread of COVID-19 helped inform a plan that made classrooms as safe as possible for in-person learning.

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Researchers hope to replace petroleum-based plastics and polymers with bio-based alternatives that harmlessly biodegrade or can be better recycled for reuse.

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Mar 17, 2021

On March 3, faculty, staff, students, and members of the broader national research community gathered virtually to discuss how the pandemic is changing research ethics.

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Dec 11, 2020

In his Annual Report on the Status of Research and Technology Commercialization before the Board of Regents today, Vice President for Research Christopher J. Cramer credited University of Minnesota’s research community for record productivity and a remarkable pivot to COVID-19 safety protocols and COVID-19-related work. 

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Nov 2, 2020

The Office of the Vice President for Research has announced a new grant program aimed at catalyzing rigorous, solution-oriented research on social justice topics. Program funding is 3-6 awards per year with total budgets of $25,000 - $50,000 for a 12 month period. 

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