Announcing the Research Infrastructure Investment Award Recipients
The University of Minnesota’s Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to announce the recipients of the Research Infrastructure Investment Program awards—a one-time investment in university research infrastructure designed to facilitate strong partnerships and interdisciplinary alliances at the University of Minnesota, especially between the health sciences and other disciplines.
The program, funded through the President’s Office and administered by the Vice President for Research, provided an initial $3 million investment with a required one-to-one match from the supporting colleges or centers. A total of 10 awards were granted amounting to more than $6 million invested in projects that will positively impact research in at least 9 colleges and 11 centers and institutes across the U of M.
While we face an uncertain economic future with decreasing federal funding for research, society’s greatest challenges in healthcare, the environment, food security and other areas continue to rise. It’s more important than ever for the university to leverage its resources and link arms with partners across disciplines and administrative units to ensure that our research infrastructure remains robust, state-of-the-art and poised to support critical discoveries.
While all of the funded projects focus on infrastructure, they represent a wide variety of needs and interests across the university, ranging from the development of an advanced preclinical imaging center to a new institute devoted to children’s mental health to creating a food-centric corridor that will increase food security and promote health among food animal species.
Originally published on Research @ the U of M
Erin is assistant communications director for the Office of the Vice President for Research and senior editor of Inquiry.