Research

Discovery happens here. The University of Minnesota Twin Cities is a top 10 U.S. public research university with world-class academics, award-winning faculty, and state-of-the-art facilities. Our researchers and students uncover new knowledge and find solutions to some of the most complex challenges facing society today.

10th

Among public research institutions

2.1+

Million Square Feet of Research Space

25

Nobel Prize Recipients

10th

Among public research institutions

2.1+

Million Square Feet of Research Space

25

Nobel Prize Recipients

Student Research

From unlocking the secrets of DNA repair to zero gravity flight, students experience the thrill of discovery, learning under the direction of faculty who are leaders in their fields.

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Undergraduate Research

In fields from engineering to medicine, business, law, and liberal arts, our students become tomorrow’s trailblazers through limitless research opportunities.

Internship and Research Opportunities

Graduate Research

Graduate students have the opportunity to perform research through any of more than 200 master’s and doctoral degree programs.

Graduate School Education
Sayan Biswas

“The question is, how do we develop clean energy technologies that can scale up to match our current gigantic energy demand?”

Sayan Biswas
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Read Sayan's story

Research in the Colleges

Our centers and institutes connect researchers with similar interests to increase funding and strengthen the quality of research.

With 16 colleges and more than 300 centers and institutes, the opportunities for discovery are endless.

Industry and Collaborations

Our research advances society through new ideas, technologies, treatments, and cures, and we continue to create and transfer technology to companies for the development of new products and services that benefit the public good and foster economic growth.

$8.6 billion

economic impact in Minnesota

16

Fortune 500 companies--fourth in the nation, per capita.

$1.01 billion

in research expenditures

Discover Unique Opportunities

We drive innovation that lifts Minnesota and solves global challenges. We do this by working together—with government, business, and industry partners—in new and creative ways.

Faculty Resources

The University of Minnesota Twin Cities is one of the most comprehensive research universities in the nation. We support the groundbreaking interdisciplinary research efforts of our more than 5,000 faculty, who are driven to make the world a better place through research and discovery.

Research News

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News Release

Engineers develop process that enables soft robots to grow like plants

An interdisciplinary team of University of Minnesota  scientists and engineers has developed a first-of-its-kind, plant-inspired extrusion process that enables synthetic material growth. The new approach will allow researchers to build better soft robots that can navigate hard-to-reach places, complicated terrain and potentially areas within the human body.