Research

At a Glance

Our Faculty

  • Our 4,000 faculty include members of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine, plus the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, among other bodies.
  • Current and former faculty have won Guggenheim Fellowships, MacArthur Fellowships ("genius grants"), and Nobel Prizes.
  • The U of M ranks 8th among public universities in research spending, with $800 million annually.
  • Patent powerhouse: Our faculty led Forbes magazine to name Minneapolis one of the top 10 innovative cities.
  • Our faculty is primed for research that crosses disciplines. The U of M is one of only four universities in the country with schools of engineering, medicine and veterinary medicine, law, and agriculture on a single campus.

Innovations

  • Biomedical engineers pioneered a noninvasive way to control robots with thoughts.
  • A mechanical engineering professor invented and patented a "black box" flight recorder in the U.S.
  • Medicinal chemists developed Ziagen, one of the most effective AIDS drugs.
  • The U of M has developed 26 apple varieties, including Honeycrisp.
  • Research-based medical "firsts" include the first open-heart surgery and first pancreas and human bone marrow transplants.
  • The U of M generates an estimated annual economic impact of $8.6 billion in Minnesota. From 2009 to 2015, inventions by U researchers generated more than $320 million in revenue for Minnesota.

Spanning the Globe

  • U of M and industrial researchers have joined forces to tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges, including securing a sustainable global food supply, finding new treatments for brain diseases, advancing robotic technology, and purifying waters affected by mining and runoff.
  • Studies in such areas as animal behavior and ecology, anthropology and archaeology, and physics take faculty and students to every corner of the globe.
  • The U of M ranks sixth nationally for students learning abroad and and offers programs in 76 countries.

All above data is current as of December 2015

Partnerships and Business Resources

Our faculty and students work with partners across disciplines, Minnesota, and the world to meet the grand challenges of our diverse and changing world.

Dynamic Partnerships

Cross-Discipline Collaboration

Business Resources

Centers and Institutes

The University's many centers and institutes connect researchers with similar interests to strengthen the quality and funding of research.

Faculty Resources

We are committed to protecting research participants, upholding ethical standards, and improving our practice at every step of our work.

For me, the best part of research is when I have just discovered something and during that moment I am the only one in the world who knows it.

Bryce Crawford Jr., U of M Professor of Physical Chemistry and National Academy of Sciences member

Student Opportunities

Undergraduate Research

From unlocking the secrets of DNA repair to taking a zero-gravity flight, University of Minnesota undergraduate students experience the thrill of research.

Graduate Research

Graduate students perform research through more than 200 master’s and doctoral degree programs at the U of M.