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OVPR Funding

A number of funding opportunities, open to all campuses of the University, are administered by OVPR. Funds are provided from a variety of sources, including revenue from the commercialization of University-based technology, the management of which is determined by the Vice President for Research.

MnDRIVE Transdisciplinary Research Program

This one-time, two-year grant program promotes cross-disciplinary, collaborative research addressing at least three of the four MnDRIVE research areas. In 2014, nearly $6 million was awarded to 12 transdisciplinary research projects.

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Grant-in-Aid of Research, Artistry & Scholarship Program

This program represents an important means by which OVPR is able to promote the scholarly and artistic activities of the faculty and their graduate students, and to foster academic excellence within the University.

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Infrastructure Programs

The Office of the Vice President for Research provides funding that supports research infrastructure.

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Matching Funds

The Office of the Vice President for Research provides matching funds for certain grant proposals to external sponsors on an ongoing basis.

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Minnesota Futures Research Grant Program

In keeping with the OVPR’s strategic plan to address societal challenges, the MN Futures Grant Program is designed to promote research and scholarship beyond existing initiatives through fostering opportunities for researchers to cross disciplinary and professional boundaries. The program is designed to promote in-depth work to enable faculty members to respond collaboratively and boldly to emerging opportunities in interdisciplinary research and scholarship.

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OVPR Funding News

Fall 2014 Grant-in-Aid competition
Applications are now being accepted for the fall 2014 Grant-in-Aid competition. The program promotes the research, scholarly and artistic activities of U of M faculty.
August 1, 2014

Transdisciplinary awards fund projects targeting grand challenges
Nearly $6 million were awarded to 12 projects that cover at least three of the four MnDRIVE research areas and bring together faculty and resources from multiple disciplines across the university.
July 15, 2014

OVPR awards nearly $3 million to invest in research infrastructure
A total of 12 awards were granted, amounting to nearly $3 million invested in projects that will benefit research in at least seven colleges and three centers across the U of M.
July 11, 2014

Intramural Funding Opportunities

In addition to the OVPR, other University offices offer funding to UMN faculty and researchers. To see a broader list of these opportunities, visit our Intramural Funding Opportunities page.


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