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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 program is designed to promote transdisciplinary research that crosses the core areas of the MnDRIVE initiative and has a positive and sustaining impact on Minnesota’s economy, environment and residents.

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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

This program is not being offered at this time.

Modeled after the highly successful National Academies “Keck Futures Initiative,” this grant supports interdisciplinary proposals from new groups with the goal of promoting research and scholarship beyond existing initiatives and developing new ideas to a point where they are competitive for external funding and scholarly sources.

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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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