Research and Innovation Office

Research at the University of Minnesota, a top US public university, combines the power of extensive and collaborative research disciplines and proven market expertise to create innovations that benefit society.

Who We Are

The Research and Innovation Office (RIO) helps facilitate collaborative research designed to solve our most complex problems. We serve as a central resource for conducting, managing, and sponsoring research at the University of Minnesota and developing and bringing to market UMN innovations that improve people’s lives. In addition, RIO offices oversee key areas of research compliance and administration and help to cultivate a culture of research integrity at the University.

RIO is composed of 15 administrative support units including Sponsored Projects Administration, Technology Commercialization, and the Human Research Protection Program, and 9 interdisciplinary academic centers and institutes.

Priority Areas

Ethics, Integrity, Safety, and Compliance

Uphold and demonstrate a commitment to ethics, integrity, safety, and regulatory compliance across all functions of the research and innovation enterprise.

Research and Innovation Capacity

Leverage existing strengths and seed new ones, build new collaborations, and invest to make the University of Minnesota a leader and catalyst in research and innovation.

Research Services and Infrastructure

Ensure that research support services and systems, core facilities, technology, and equipment can advance world class research and innovation, today and into the future.

Partnership and Engagement

Cultivate and strengthen engagement with partners that span beyond the University campuses to collectively anticipate and address complex problems and advocate for solutions in our state and world.