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On October 11, Vice President for Research Christopher J. Cramer reviewed current incentives for research at the University, highlighting the value of the institution’s cutting-edge research infrastructure and the success of the Minnesota’s Discovery, Research and InnoVation Economy, or MnDRIVE program, a collaboration between the University and the state to align research strength with Minnesota’s top and emerging industries, as well as Minnesota’s challenges. In its first five years, more than 400 projects have directly engaged more than 35,000 people, and MnDRIVE supported researchers have attracted $360 million in external funding and disclosed 300-plus inventions.

At President Gabel’s request, Cramer began a discussion of possible strategic directions for research that might be incorporated in the University’s systemwide strategic planning process, including growing sponsored research awards, targeting “big” awards, expanding research across the University system, growing the impact of technology commercialization, and engaging every undergraduate in a research experience.

Watch VPR Cramer's presentation to the University of Minnesota Board of Regents.