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Resources

The following centers, institutes and programs offer research, product testing, consulting and/or other services catered to specific business and industry sectors. This list is not exhaustive of all of the U of M resources available to the business community. Please contact us if you do not see what you are looking for (or if you have a U of M resource to add).

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NOTE: Click on the name or industry headings below to sort alphabetically.

Name Overview Industry
Airport Technical Assistance Program This statewide assistance program is available to Minnesota's public- and private-sector airport professionals. AirTAP provides training, technical assistance, access to experts and printed materials. Transportation
Biodale Described as "Minnesota's shopping mall for biotechnology and life sciences research support services," Biodale offers advanced instrumentation and walk-in service and training. Members of the business community are invited to use these services and equipment. 

Biotechnology

Life Sciences

Biotechnology Institute  BTI provides advanced research, training and university-industry interaction in biological process technology. It also is the central university vehicle for coordinated research in the biological, chemical and engineering aspects of biotechnology and is home to the President’s Initiative on Biocatalysis. Biotechnology
Business Retention & Expansion Through consulting, evaluation and online tools, this U of M Extension program helps communities understand local business needs and respond, so that businesses stay, grow and become more committed to the community. Economic Development
Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power  The CCEFP is a network of researchers, educators, students and industry partners working together to transform the fluid power industry: how it is researched, applied and studied. Center research is creating hydraulic and pneumatic technology that is compact, efficient and effective. Engineering
Center for Economic Development This Duluth-based center provides consulting and workshops for startups and existing businesses in the areas of feasibility studies, market research, business plan development, loan packaging, and more. Many of these services are free.  Economic Development
Center for Farm Financial Management This center provides educational programs and software tools for farmers, ranchers, private businesses, crop insurance agents and other clients in the agricultural industry. Products and training focus on farm financial planning, financial analysis, commodity marketing, and ag credit analysis. Agriculture
Center for International Business Education and Research Part of the Carlson Global Institute, this program delivers Chinese language and culture courses; CEO roundtable discussions; the Minnesota Trade Office export roundtable series; events co-sponsored by the Minnesota International Center; and a global medical technology roundtable.

International Trade

Center for Nanostructure Applications The center coordinates research projects in nanotechnology to attract external support, and organizes workshops, speaker series and short courses. In addition, the center collects and disseminates information about faculty engaged in nano research, connecting internal groups and industry. Nanotechnology
Center for Rural Entrepreneurial Studies Based at the U of M, Crookston, CRES is a grant-funded organization that assists entrepreneurs across 11 counties in Northwestern Minnesota with the development and creation of their business enterprise. Economic Development
Center for Sustainable Building Research This center serves as a resource for the state of Minnesota, the design professions, the building industry and the general public. The center's projects have resulted in a variety of tools, databases and guidelines in areas ranging from building evaluation to life-cycle assessment.

Energy

Environment

Characterization Facility The "CharFac" is a multi-user, shared instrumentation facility for materials research in nanotechnology, biology, medicine and other areas. Some of the facility's analytical capabilities include microscopy via electron beams, force probes and visible light; elemental and chemical imaging; atomic and molecular structure analysis; and more.

Nanotechnology

Engineering

Manufacturing

Corporate Institute, University of Minnesota Law School The Corporate Institute operates more than a dozen programs designed to enhance the connection between the business community and the Law School and to prepare law students to be effective business lawyers and leaders. Some of these programs include a Business Law Clinic, a Corporate Externship Program, a mini-MBA program and several seminars on business topics throughout the year. Law
Digital Technology Center DTC integrates research, education and outreach in digital design, computer graphics and visualization, telecommunications, intelligent data storage and retrieval systems, multimedia, data mining, scientific computation and other digital technologies. Digital Technology
Flavor Research and Education Center This center offers solutions to the food, flavor and fragrance industries. Through research projects and educational programs, the center brings together students, faculty and industry leaders.

Food

Agriculture

Food Processing Center (pilot plant) The Joseph J. Warthesen Food Processing Center serves as a vital resource for food companies that are just starting up, or evaluating new process and product lines. The center includes specialized equipment for dairy and cheese processing, twin-screw extrusion, aseptic/ESL processing, and various concentration operations. Food
Imaging Center Part of the College of Biological Sciences, the Imaging Center offers services for both university and business clients. Services and capabilities include a biomedical image processing lab, light microscopy, electron microscopy, specimen preparation, scanning and printing, and multimedia equipment. 

Digital Technology

Life Sciences

InfoNOW In conjunction with the staff at University of Minnesota Libraries, InfoNOW is a fee-based program customized for a range of industry sectors, from legal and financial to healthcare and engineering. InfoNOW services include document delivery, subject matter expertise, citation verification, database searching, reference research and advanced secondary research services.  Digital Technology
Industrial Partnership for Research in Interfacial and Materials Engineering IPrime creates opportunities for industry professionals to collaborate with students and researchers at the university. IPrime partners benefit from equipment and special-user rates in the Characterization Facility, the Polymer Synthesis Facility, the Rheology Characterization Lab and the Tissue Mechanics Lab.

Engineering

Manufacturing

Initiative for Renewable Energy & the Environment A signature program of the Institute on the Environment, this initiative seeks out promising renewable energy ideas and distributes funding from Xcel Energy’s Renewable Development Fund to provide the resources needed to bring them to life.

Energy

Environment

Institute for Engineering in Medicine This institute facilitates long-term relationships with biomedical engineering and regional medical device companies. Corporate members receive reduced rates on core laboratory services, the Design of Medical Devices Conference (up to 10 employees), Cardiac Short Courses and Experimental Surgical Services. 

Medicine

Life Sciences

Institute for Therapeutics Discovery and Development ITDD’s mission is to conduct research, enhance biomedical research infrastructure, and create opportunities for drug discovery and preclinical drug development through interdisciplinary research collaborations and services. 

Pharmacy

Medical Devices Center MDC combines research, education and training, and outreach/public engagement to accelerate interdisciplinary medical device research and development across the university. MDC runs the Medical Devices Fellows Program, a full-immersion educational and product development program for creating medical devices.

Medicine

Life Sciences

Minnesota Local Technical Assistance Program LTAP provides conferences and workshops, customized training, demonstrations and distance learning for local transporation agencies. The program also publishes newsletters and maintains a website with extensive resources.  Transportation
Minnesota Supercomputing Institute This interdisciplinary research program provides supercomputing resources and user support to faculty and their research groups at the university and at other post-secondary educational institutions in Minnesota. It provides the same types of service for a charge to parties outside the academic research community. Digital Technology
Minnesota Technical Assistance Program MnTAP helps Minnesota businesses develop and implement solutions that prevent pollution at the source, maximize efficient use of resources, and reduce energy use and costs. Types of assistance include site visits, an internship program, customized research, a materials exchange program and more.

Energy

Environment

Minnesota Traffic Observatory This laboratory focuses on testing and evaluation of new transportation management and operational strategies, as well as traveler information technologies. Planning support systems include a Geographic Information Systems table, a digital immersive environment and a metro accessibility matrix. 

Transportation

Nanofabrication Center Dedicated to the design, fabrication and testing of small-scale devices, the center offers tools to academic and industrial researchers for developing micro- and nanoscale technologies. Following lab safety training and approval, users may access the center 24 hours a day.

Nanotechnology

Engineering

Manufacturing

Natural Resources Research Institute This institute works to foster the economic development of Minnesota's natural resources and to promote private-sector employment. Just a few of the lab capabilities include minerals processing, rapid prototyping, chemical extractives, and paleolimnological research.

Energy

Environment

Office for Business and Community Economic Development BCED supports the economic growth and development of Minnesota communities through partnerships with government, private enterprise and community organizations. BCED programs promote socioeconomic empowerment by creating opportunities for groups that are historically and currently underrepresented.

Economic Development

Office of Measurement Services This strategic measurement consulting office serves the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Expertise includes measuring stakeholder interests, internal competency identification, and performance management. Measurement tools such as online and paper surveys, focus groups and testing are available to external clients. 

Digital Technology

Particle Technology Laboratory Offering an annual Aerosol and Particle Measurement Shortcourse for training professionals, this small particle research center includes lab and cleanroom space; wind tunnel, filter testing and vacuum facilities; instruments for particle generation, measurement, sampling and analysis; and more. Nanotechnology
Physicians Outreach Labs A collaboration between Fairview Health Services and University of Minnesota Physicians, this laboratory offers a full range of testing services, from acute care support to reference diagnostic testing. Services include routine and complex testing; 24-hour clinical pathology and technical consultation; educational opportunities; and special project assistance.

Medicine

Life Sciences

Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships (RSDP) This organization brings together local talent and resources with University of Minnesota knowledge and seed funding to drive sustainability in Greater Minnesota. Individuals and organizations are encouraged to submit an Idea Brief, and ample opportunities exist for Greater Minnesota citizens to serve on five regional boards and topic-focused working groups. Agriculture, Food, Energy, Tourism, Natural Resources, Economic Development
Sensory Center This center provides a full range of sensory evaluation and consumer testing methodologies, including test design and data analysis. In addition to working within the university system, the center conducts sensory tests and sensory research for food companies and private research corporations. Food
SimPORTAL SimPORTAL (Simulation PeriOperative Resource for Training and Learning) is a medical simulation training facility. It arranges for, or directly provides space, equipment, technical and logistical support for educational activities involving technical skills and team training via simulation. SimPORTAL also supplies research and evaluation capacity to support innovation in simulation equipment, tools, and processes via the Center for Research in Education and Simulation Technologies (CREST).

Life Sciences

Medicine

Engineering

Digital Technology

Social Media and Business Analytics Collaborative More than a billion people have connected on the social graph, and they’re generating data at an astounding rate. The result: new opportunities, exciting possibilities, and challenging questions. The Social Media and Business Analytics Collaborative (SOBACO) brings university researchers and industry leaders together to advance understanding of our data-rich, socially networked world.

Business Analytics

Digital Technology

St. Anthony Falls Laboratory  A premier fluid mechanics laboratory, SAFL is the only lab of its kind that uses a natural waterfall as its prime water source. Researchers worldwide have visited its Mississippi River location to develop solutions related to environmental, energy and health issues.

Energy

Environment

Technological Leadership Institute Bridging the gap between business and engineering, TLI activities help high-tech professionals, managers and leaders grow their businesses. The institute offers short courses in technology leadership and management; customized courses; the Signature Series at the University of Minnesota, Rochester; and the Technology Futures Forum.

Digital Technology

Engineering

Tourism Center This center offers ongoing training in customer service, event management and tourism development, as well as several tourism-related degrees and certificates. The center also develops research and educational publications, the majority of which are free and available online. Tourism