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Recent RIO News & Announcements

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DoD’s AI and Autonomy Research and Priorities: May 30

May 14, 2024

Dr. Kimberly Sablon, Principal Director for Trusted AI & Autonomy (TAI&A) at the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E)), will host a seminar on AI and robotics.

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University of Minnesota Launches New Grants Management System

April 29, 2024

The University's new grants management system, MN-GEMS, will bring the UMN's proposal submission and award process in line with other top-25 research universities. 

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UMN and Partner Institutions Initiate Sustainable GeoCommunities Program

April 24, 2024

University of Minnesota, in partnership with University of Buffalo, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK), IIT Bombay (IITB), and Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, a multicampus Indian university, is launching Sustainable GeoCommunities, a community-based program with the goal of solving problems that our global communities are facing today.

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UMN Rural Health Researchers Build the Evidence Base to Address the US Maternal Health Crisis

April 22, 2024

Rural communities are rapidly losing access to obstetric care. UMN’s Rural Health Research Center is tracking these losses and their impacts.

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UMN Project Offers Guardrails for Emerging Portable MRI Research

April 22, 2024

Emerging portable MRI technology can help researchers fill crucial information gaps and increase inclusivity in research but comes with unique ethical and legal considerations. UMN’s Consortium on Law and Values leads an NIH BRAIN Initiative-funded working group to develop guidance for these innovative efforts. 

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UMN and N.C. A&T Kick Off Research Partnership Program

April 17, 2024

The new research partnership program will connect UMN with a leading research-intensive HBCU.

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University of Minnesota Research Leaders Meet with BioMADE

April 16, 2024

UMN research leaders met with BioMADE representatives to discuss partnership opportunities for UMN researchers and students.

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Seeking Nominations for Research Technical Staff Award

April 16, 2024

The annual UMN Research Ethics Day Conference focused on the importance of building partnerships to advance ethical research and featured presentations by 10 experts and an audience of more than 600 from universities, companies, health care organizations, and government agencies across the U.S. and around the world.

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2024 Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Seed Grants Recipients Announced

April 10, 2024

Six projects focused on using biotechnology and biomanufacturing to develop environmental solutions and expand the regional bio-economy received a total of $795,392 in funding over the next two years. 

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