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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Governor of Victoria, Australia, Visits UMN to Learn About Innovation in Minnesota and Deepen Partnerships

June 13, 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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University of Minnesota Names First Chief Semiconductor Officer, Launches “CHIPS” Website

June 4, 2024

UMN has named Steven Koester as its first Chief Semiconductor Officer and launched a website devoted to the University’s semiconductor and microelectronics research and education. 

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AI and Autonomy Leader from DoD Visits UMN

June 3, 2024

Dr. Kimberly Sablon, Principal Director for Trusted AI and Autonomy at the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E)) visited the University of Minnesota. 

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UMN Deepens Partnership at “Sandia Day”

May 22, 2024

Twenty-eight researchers and leaders from Sandia National Labs visited the University of Minnesota on April 10 for “Sandia Day at the UMN” to learn more about UMN’s research and capabilities and to deepen research cooperation. 

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2024 Sustainable GeoCommunities Seed Grants

May 19, 2024

The Sustainable GeoCommunities seed grants will leverage the power of research to help local communities around the world to meet UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Social Justice Impact Grants Address Community Health Issues Across the State

May 17, 2024

The Research and Innovation Office (RIO) is excited to announce the recipients of the 2024 Social Justice Impact Grants. RIO will provide a total of $95,442 to fund projects that address community health issues across Minnesota.

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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 at Buffalo, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK), IIT Bombay (IITB), IIT Delhi (IITD), IIT Goa (IITG), 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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