RIO News & Announcements

The Research and Innovation Office (RIO) oversees the $1 billion annual research enterprise at the University of Minnesota, a top 15 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

UMN Block M; Research & Innovation

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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After 23 Years in OVPR, Lisa Warren Looks Forward to Friends, Family, and Nature

October 23, 2023

After 36 years working for the University of Minnesota and 23 years for OVPR, OVPR’s assistant vice president Lisa Warren is retiring. Learn more about her decades-long career in this Q&A.

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NSF Director Visits University of Minnesota

October 19, 2023

National Science Foundation (NSF) Director Sethuraman “Panch” Panchanathan visited the University of Minnesota Twin Cities on October 13 to meet with NSF-supported researchers and tour NSF-supported projects on campus.

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AVP Kirkpatrick, VPR Priya, and AVP Webb in a small room with several onlookers.

Highlighting Research on Crookston and Morris Campuses

October 11, 2023

VP Priya and AVPs Webb and Kirkpatrick toured University of Minnesota Crookston and University of Minnesota Morris to learn about important research and outreach as well as undergraduate education.

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