The following grant programs are open to all campuses and are supported by funds from a variety of sources, including technology commercialization revenue.
Research Technical Staff Award
The Research Technical Staff Award recognizes staff for their distinguished service to the research community and celebrates exemplary leadership that positively impacted their colleagues and advanced the University's mission.
Innovation Impact Case Award
The Innovation Impact Case Award recognizes research that has led to significant impact outside of academia and has made a meaningful difference in our communities.
Grant proposals are reviewed by a committee of UMN peers.
COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants
The COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants was offered to catalyze and energize small-scale research projects designed to address and mitigate the risk associated with the coronavirus pandemic, including cascading impacts in communities.
The Grant-in-Aid of Research, Artistry, and Scholarship program promotes the research, scholarly, and artistic activities of faculty and supports academic excellence throughout the University.
International Institute for Biosensing
The International Institute for Biosensing (IIB) promotes the convergence of research in biological disciplines and physical domains including the materials, components and systems.
OVPR provides Matching Funds for certain grant proposals to external sponsors on an ongoing basis.
The Minnesota Futures program advances new, collaborative research by fostering opportunities for researchers to cross disciplinary and professional boundaries and respond to emerging interdisciplinary research and scholarship. Currently on hiatus.
The Research Infrastructure Investment Program provides funding that supports research infrastructure.
Social Justice Impact Grants
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.
Affiliated Centers, Institutes & Initiatives
The MnDRIVE program offers a range of funding opportunities for UMN researchers. See the research areas pages (Robotics, Global Food, Environment, Brain Conditions, Cancer Clinical Trials) for available funding.
MN-REACH supports projects that address an unmet medical need and move a discovery or invention toward a health care application.
MIN-Corps provides support and training for technology commercialization and entrepreneurial activities.
U of M Informatics Institute
The University of Minnesota Informatics Institute offers funding opportunities and fellowships for data-intensive research.