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“Strong, growing, and impactful”: 2021 University research report

Corporations invested $255.5 million in University research during a record year for innovation and technology funding in 2021, the first year that external research funding surpassed $1 billion. Read more.

Center for Retail Design and Innovation Partners with Kohl's

The College of Design’s Center for Retail Design and Innovation (CRDI) has entered into the biggest partnership in its history with omnichannel retailer Kohl’s. Read more.

‘This is groundbreaking’: UMD partnership transforms medical technology with humanoid robots

Thanks to a partnership between University of Minnesota Duluth and Minnesota-based Monarch Healthcare, humanoid robots will help care for patients in assisted living spaces. Read more.

U of M launches Center for Medical Device Cybersecurity

The new center will foster university-industry-government collaborations to ensure that medical devices are protected from growing cybersecurity threats. Read more.

Building trust and improving care

Abbott partnership with the U of M Community University Health Care Center brings care closer to underserved communities. Read more.

Cargill invests in the next generation of food and ag leaders

The U of M has been selected as a partner in the Cargill University THRIVE program, which aims to ensure more equitable access for women and minority students in STEM fields, agriculture, and business. Read more.

Collaboration with Cisco explores frontier of data technologies

A new collaboration between University of Minnesota researchers and Cisco Systems seeks to advance cutting-edge technologies that transform the way people access, manage, and protect data. Read more.

Thanks in part to U of M research, Catamaran Bio soars with early funding

A biotech startup that includes U of M technology created to bring new cancer therapies to life has attracted high levels of funding during its early-stage investment rounds. Read more.

Minnesota Corn Growers Association earns 4-H honor

Minnesota 4-H has named the Minnesota Corn Growers Association as their 2021 Friend of 4-H in recognition of the organization’s contributions to reaching Minnesota young people. Read more.

Planting seeds of innovation

The 3M Venture Fellows program helps high-potential 3M employees gain expertise in launching startups, while lending valuable insights to U researchers. Read more.

Gift from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota establishes new center

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota has donated $5 million to the University of Minnesota School of Public Health to establish the Center for Antiracism Research for Health Equity. Read more.

Polaris donates $1 million to support STEM education programs

A $1 million donation from Polaris Inc. to the U of M College of Science and Engineering will expand educational and experiential opportunities and support scholarships for diverse and underrepresented students. Read more.

Holmes Center and MN Cup gain national recognition

The Holmes Center was a finalist for “Outstanding Contributors to Venture Creation” and was recognized in the State of University Entrepreneurship Centers’ Fall 2020 Report. Read more.

University of Minnesota is part of Toyota Research Institute’s new initiative

U of M researchers will use artificial intelligence to better understand drivers’ behavior to increase safe driving. Read more.

Using analytics to develop better "similarity metrics"

Winfield United, the crop sciences division of Land O’ Lakes, worked with students at the Carlson School of Management Analytics Lab to improve the way the company uses data to advise member farmers. Read more.

Serious about ATV safety

With help from Polaris, 4-H students contribute to ATV safety across the state. Read more.

Wall-mounted vanities get put to the test

At the Natural Resources Research Institute, staff and students produce a report for the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing Association to outline current options, potential stresses, and testing results. Read more.

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