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Research Initiatives

The University of Minnesota is a top-10 public research institution conducting breakthrough research across a broad range of fields and disciplines. Our researchers improve our understanding of the world, and they help facilitate technologies and ideas that improve our quality of life. OVPR supports several research initiatives and promotes the University's research mission.

blue and yellow graphic with an outline of the state of Minnesota: MnDRIVE; Minnesota’s Discovery, Research and InnoVation Economy
MnDRIVE is a landmark partnership between the University and the state of Minnesota. After five years, MnDRIVE research initiatives are showing tangible results, elevating the University's research profile in key areas and connecting with Minnesota's communities and its economy.
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You know the University of Minnesota is the state's major research university, but do you really know what the U of M does for you? Join us on a journey across our great state, as we share the stories that bring the drive to discover home to Minnesota's doorstep.
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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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9th

among US public research institutions

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$982M

in systemwide research expenditures

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103

new MN-IP agreements with industry

From Inquiry

Explore the impact of research on our world.

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Through the Resilient Communities Project, graduate students work with local communities to help them adapt to social, economic, and environmental change.

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The University of Minnesota continues to steadily grow its research activities, maintaining its rank among the nation’s top 10 public research universities.

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Dec 2, 2019

Over the last year, HRPP staff have reduced IRB turnaround times, surveyed participants, and implemented an expanded quality assurance program.

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Nov 25, 2019

On November 25, Vice President for Research Chris Cramer named Rick Huebsch Executive Director of University of Minnesota Technology Commercialization.

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Oct 17, 2019

Vice President for Research Christopher J. Cramer presented at the October Board of Regents meeting, describing research incentives, highlighting MnDRIVE outcomes, and sparking a discussion of possible strategic directions for research.

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