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Faculty expertise

Seeking expertise that can transform your business challenges into new opportunities? U of M researchers and faculty are available as consultants in a wide range of fields.

Visit Experts@Minnesota to explore a database of faculty experts or contact us for help in connecting with the right expert. Note: consulting agreements are negotiated on an individual basis.

Technology licensing

University researchers have a history of producing meaningful research that translates to direct real-world benefits. Discover the latest U of M technologies available for license and find direct links to OTC’s licensing staff.

Visit the Office for Technology Commercialization to learn more about technologies available for licensing.

Partnering with the university

Resources for business

The U of M is home to nearly 300 centers, institutes and interdisciplinary graduate programs. Many of these centers offer product testing, consulting and/or other services that cater to specific business and industry needs. Visit our Resources page to see a growing list of U of M resources available to the business community.

Here are some other useful university links:

Centers and institutes
Colleges and schools
Interdisciplinary graduate programs

Supporting research


The university has made it easier than ever for businesses to sponsor university research and gain immediate access to the intellectual property that arises. Minnesota Innovation Partnerships (MN-IP) is a new and unique approach designed to improve access to university-developed technology while reducing the risk and cost associated with sponsoring research and licensing intellectual property.

Learn more by exploring Minnesota Innovation Partnerships


The University of Minnesota Foundation advances the university's mission of teaching, research, and outreach to the community by raising and managing private dollars for scholarships, world-class faculty, leading-edge research, new facilities and academic programs. Support provided to the Foundation from corporations, alumni and friends is integral to the research funding ecosystem.

If you have a question about philanthropic giving for research, visit the Foundation’s website.

Research agreements

New discoveries build on previous research and fuel further investigation. Often, this process can only continue by sharing research materials and data with other researchers.The research collaborators typically share these resources and information via legal agreements, comprising what the U of M categorizes as un-funded research agreements (e.g. material transfer agreements).

Learn more about the types of research agreements.