OVPR Funding & Awards

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) provides approximately $5 million in funding and awards annually to support and nurture the University’s systemwide research enterprise.

The following grants and awards are open to all campuses and are supported by funds from a variety of sources, including technology commercialization revenue. Grant proposals are reviewed by a committee of UMN peers.

Grant Programs Eligibility Application Timing
Artist-in-Residence UMN faculty in art-related fields Aug-Sept 2023
Grant-in-Aid UMN faculty Spring: Jan-Feb
Summer Bridge Funding: May-June
Fall: Aug-Sept
Research Infrastructure UMN faculty and staff Mar-April 2023
Social Justice Impact Grants UMN faculty Feb-Mar 2023


Award Programs Eligibility Application Timing
Innovation Impact Case Award UMN faculty P&A employees Other staff April-May 2023
Research Technical Staff Award Research technical staff
Not eligible:
tenured, tenure track, clinical track, and research track faculty; administrators; postdocs; students
May-June 2023


See this quick guide to OVPR Funding & Awards for 2023.



The Artist-in-Residence program lies at the intersection of art and science, allowing artists to collaborate with scientists to benefit both science and art, spurring creative thinking and innovation.


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.

Research Infrastructure

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.


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.

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.

Other OVPR Funding

Matching Funds

OVPR provides Matching Funds for certain grant proposals to external sponsors on an ongoing basis.

Affiliated Centers, Institutes & Initiatives

The following groups offer funding opportunities for UMN faculty, staff, and students.


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.

Research Computing

Research Computing offers funding opportunities for faculty, researchers, and graduate students to advance their informatics research by supporting research proposals that are innovative, align with new or existing initiatives, seek to develop new multidisciplinary collaborations, and identify means to sustain University of Minnesota-based research.

Inactive Grant Programs

The following OVPR grant programs are currently on hiatus or are no longer actively seeking applicants.

COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants

The COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants were 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. Currently inactive.

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. Currently inactive.

Minnesota Futures

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. Currently on hiatus.