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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
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.

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'White dwarf' stars going supernova likely spewed seeds of our solar system.

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UMN ranked highly overall in the list of universities granted the most patents in 2019 and came in ninth among US public universities.

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Jun 3, 2020

The University of Minnesota Press is releasing an open access collection of antiracist books in an effort to contribute to the necessary and long overdue conversations the Twin Cities and our country must now undertake, following the killing of George Floyd.

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May 11, 2020

Robert Clarke, PhD, DSc, of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., has been named the next executive director of The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota. 

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Apr 21, 2020

On April 21, an online panel of experienced venture capitalists gave advice to inventors and entrepreneurs on how to assign ownership and equity in their startup companies.

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