RIO News & Announcements

The Research and Innovation Office (RIO) oversees the $1 billion annual research enterprise at the University of Minnesota, a top public research university. RIO works with a broad range of units and partners to advance the research mission and tracks key research metrics for the University.

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Recent RIO News & Announcements

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UMN Research Enterprise – Strong and Growing Stronger

December 8, 2023

Vice President for Research and Innovation Shashank Priya highlighted the continued growth of the UMN research enterprise, which has climbed two places in its ranking among US public research universities, and vision for the future at the December Board of Regents meeting. 

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Welcoming Laura Fingerson, New Assistant Vice President for Research and Chief of Staff

December 5, 2023

Laura Fingerson has joined the Research and Innovation Office leadership team as assistant vice president for research and chief of staff.

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Research 2030: Strategy for Global Impact

Research 2030: Identifying Future Research Directions

December 4, 2023

The University of Minnesota's high impact Research 2030 strategy will help inform new initiatives that leverage UMN strengths, align with external funders’ priorities, and address global issues.

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Announcing the Research and Innovation Office!

November 29, 2023

The Office of the Vice President for Research has changed its name to the Research and Innovation Office.

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US Census Bureau Town Hall: December 5

November 20, 2023

Deirdre Dalpiaz Bishop, chief of the Geography Division at the US Census Bureau, will participate in a remote and in-person Town Hall on December 5.

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The Plant Protein Innovation Center and Industry: A Symbiotic Relationship

November 1, 2023

The Plant Protein Innovation Center demonstrates how academia and industry can work together to accelerate significant research with real-world impact.

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Survivor Elms Key to Revitalizing Minnesota’s Elm Population

November 1, 2023

UMN researchers Ben Held and Ryan Murphy are using survivor elms to grow Dutch elm disease-resistant trees while learning more about resistance mechanisms.

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Pivot Training Available for UMN Research Community

October 30, 2023

Pivot is a comprehensive database of funding opportunities and collaborators that provides access to currently available research opportunities from a variety of sources. Training is available for researchers and research administrators.

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Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Seed Grant: Office of the Vice President for Research

Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Seed Grants Available

October 27, 2023

The Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Seed Grants will connect PIs and their research teams with Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Innovation Center (BBIC) initiatives. The seed grants are six awards of up to $100,000 per year for up to two years and aim to stimulate research in priority areas.

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