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Research Impact

The University of Minnesota is a top-10 public research institution conducting innovative and impactful research across a broad range of fields and disciplines. Our researchers improve our understanding of the world and help facilitate technologies and ideas that positively impact the prosperity, welfare, and security of our communities, state, nation, and beyond. These and other stories were featured as part of OVPR's annual report on research and technology commercialization.

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UMN Duluth’s Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI) is driving the “Iron of the Future” research program for Minnesota’s Iron Range with the help of a $2.1 million Department of Energy (DOE) grant leveraging an additional million dollars of Minnesota legislative and other support.
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A UMN startup using renewable biomaterials to create the chemical building blocks of commonly used materials, such as paint, adhesives, and superabsorbent polymers, that are currently sourced from fossil fuels.
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Learn more about the impact of University of Minnesota research and its role in advancing innovation and fostering economic development in the region. View research statistics

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10th

among US public research institutions

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$1.07B

in systemwide research expenditures (FY 2020)

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$256M

awarded to UMN researchers for COVID-19-related research in FY 2021

From Inquiry

Explore the impact of research on our world.

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In 2018, two University of Minnesota researchers traveled to a United Nations council meeting to advocate for changes to address an epidemic of violence against women in Colombia.

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Researchers aim to help train pharmacists and educate patients with the goal of improving medication outcomes for groups with higher rates of kidney failure.

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Maroon and gold abstract image: Grant-in-Aid of Research, Artistry, and Scholarship Program
Jan 3, 2022

Applications are now being accepted for the spring 2022 Grant-in-Aid of Research, Artistry, and Scholarship program, sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research.

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Michael Oakes sits in front of the Board of Regents, ready to present
Dec 17, 2021

Interim Vice President for Research Michael Oakes delivered the Annual Report on Research and Technology Commercialization to the University’s Board of Regents on Thursday, December 16, 2021.

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Driven to Discover Research Facility
Dec 8, 2021

Recruit hundreds of participants within days at the Driven to Discover Research Facility at the Minnesota State Fair. Applications due Jan. 18, 2022. 

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