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Research Impact

The University of Minnesota is a top public research institution conducting innovative and impactful research across a broad range of fields and disciplines. Our researchers improve our understanding of the world and help facilitate technologies and ideas that positively impact the prosperity, welfare, and security of our communities, state, nation, and beyond.

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UMN Rural Health Researchers Build the Evidence Base to Address the US Maternal Health Crisis

Rural communities are rapidly losing access to obstetric care. UMN’s Rural Health Research Center is tracking these losses and their impacts.

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UMN Project Offers Guardrails for Emerging Portable MRI Research

Emerging portable MRI technology can help researchers fill crucial information gaps and increase inclusivity in research but comes with unique ethical and legal considerations. UMN’s Consortium on Law and Values leads an NIH BRAIN Initiative-funded working group to develop guidance for these innovative efforts. 

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UMN's Research Enterprise

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The University of Minnesota had $1.13 billion in external research award funding in fiscal year 2023, the second largest award total ever.

Learn about the impact of UMN research and its role in advancing innovation and fostering economic development in the region. View research statistics

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UMN Deepens Partnership at “Sandia Day”

May 22, 2024

Twenty-eight researchers and leaders from Sandia National Labs visited the University of Minnesota on April 10 for “Sandia Day at the UMN” to learn more about UMN’s research and capabilities and to deepen research cooperation. 

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2024 Sustainable GeoCommunities Seed Grants

May 19, 2024

The Sustainable GeoCommunities seed grants will leverage the power of research to help local communities around the world to meet UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Social Justice Impact Grants Address Community Health Issues Across the State

May 17, 2024

The Research and Innovation Office (RIO) is excited to announce the recipients of the 2024 Social Justice Impact Grants. RIO will provide a total of $95,442 to fund projects that address community health issues across Minnesota.

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DoD’s AI and Autonomy Research and Priorities: May 30

May 14, 2024

Dr. Kimberly Sablon, Principal Director for Trusted AI & Autonomy (TAI&A) at the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E)), will host a seminar on AI and robotics.

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University of Minnesota Launches New Grants Management System

April 29, 2024

The University's new grants management system, MN-GEMS, will bring the UMN's proposal submission and award process in line with other top-25 research universities. 

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UMN and Partner Institutions Initiate Sustainable GeoCommunities Program

April 24, 2024

University of Minnesota, in partnership with University of Buffalo, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK), IIT Bombay (IITB), and Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, a multicampus Indian university, is launching Sustainable GeoCommunities, a community-based program with the goal of solving problems that our global communities are facing today.

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