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Recent RIO News & Announcements

Social Justice Impact Grants, Research and Innovation Office

Social Justice Impact Grants Announced

February 9, 2024

RIO will start accepting applications for its Social Justice Impact Grants on February 19. The grants are aimed at catalyzing rigorous, solution-oriented research on social justice topics.

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Research Infrastructure: Research and Innovation Office

2024 Research Infrastructure Investment Program

February 5, 2024

Letters of intent are now being accepted for the 2024 Research Infrastructure Investment Program. LOI due March 4; full proposal due April 1.

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Priya Visits Kiel, a Leading University in Northern Germany

February 2, 2024

VP for Research and Innovation Shashank Priya visited Kiel University to discuss current research collaborations and potential areas of collaboration.

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RIO Leaders Meet with the United States Air Force Digital Transformation Office

January 30, 2024

Members of the Research and Innovation Office and Tech Comm met with representatives from and the United States Air Force Digital Transformation Office to discuss novel ways to connect technology innovation to government needs.

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Research Ethics Week: February 26 - March 1, 2024

Research Ethics Week 2024

January 26, 2024

Join your peers and colleagues across the University for Research Ethics Week, February 26 - March 1, 2024, the annual week-long series of educational opportunities focused on research ethics.

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Douglas Wicks

ARPA-E Seminar: February 2

January 26, 2024

Douglas Wicks, program director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), will host a seminar on February 2.

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Anthony Baughn to Serve as BSL-3 Director

January 25, 2024

Anthony Baughn has joined the RIO staff as the new director of the Biosafety Level 3 (BSL-3) Program.

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Director of Key DoD Research Programs Visits the University

January 23, 2024

Kim Spangler learned about the University’s research enterprise and provided an overview of Department of Defense research funding opportunities during a visit to the Twin Cities campus.

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RIO Funding & Awards

RIO Announces 2024 Funding and Awards

January 19, 2024

The Research and Innovation Office (RIO) has announced its funding and award programs for 2024, including the return of Artist-in-Residence and Social Justice Impact Grants, two relatively new programs.

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