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Office of the Vice President for Research

About the VP

As vice president for research, Michael Oakes is responsible for maintaining a dynamic and competitive research environment at UMN.

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Strategic Priorities

We strive to enhance research excellence, advance transdisciplinary partnerships, accelerate the transfer of knowledge for public good, and promote a culture of serendipity.

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Our office sponsors several collaborative initiatives that advance the research mission and engage interdisciplinary partners from across the University and beyond.

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