COVID notifications, broadening innovation, disease modeling
December 2020  •  Read online

Exposure Notification Apps Curb Pandemic Spread, Not User Privacy


Apps like COVIDawareMN quickly and efficiently alert those who may have been exposed to COVID-19 without tracking their movements or personal information.

USPTO Director: US Must Broaden Involvement in Innovation


Many groups are still underrepresented in the intellectual property system, which accelerates the introduction of new ideas and technologies into society.

Closer to Home: Modeling Local Travel’s Effect on COVID Spread


By factoring short-distance transportation data into models that predict virus spread, experts can provide better insights to guide policy decisions.

Top 10 Inquiry Stories of 2020


UMN researchers adapted to this year’s considerable challenges and continued to make discoveries that expanded the body of knowledge in their fields.

COVID Added to Healthy Food Barriers for Adults 18–26


Early pandemic conditions this spring were associated with a spike in food insecurity for emerging adults in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.


T. Rex Had Huge Growth Spurts, but Other Dinos Grew “Slow and Steady”

New Survey Reveals Challenges and Opportunities Facing Rural Grocers

More Than a Mask

COVID Through the Eyes of Historians

Global Trends in Nature’s Contributions to People

Building a Brighter Future with Robotics


Grant-in-Aid of Research, Artistry, and Scholarship, Office of the Vice President for Research
Deadline: Start accepting applications, Jan. 4, 2021; Applications routed to approvers, Feb. 1, 2021; Approvers to submit applications to OVPR, Feb. 4, 2021.

Social Justice Impact Grants, Office of the Vice President for Research
Deadline: Awarded on a rolling basis

See OVPR's Internal Funding Opportunities for more available UMN funding or to submit an opportunity to be listed.


Webinar - Challenges in COVID Vaccine Allocation & Distribution
Friday, January 8, 2021, 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. (CST)

Challenges in COVID Vaccine Allocation & Distribution will address how to identify priority groups for vaccine allocation, advance population health and equity, meet the real-world challenges of vaccine distribution, and address vaccine hesitancy.

Audience members will be able to ask questions of our multidisciplinary panelists; this webinar is free and open to the public.

Moderated by Prof. Susan Wolf, Chair of the Consortium on Law and Values, and Dr. Michael Osterholm, who was recently named to President-Elect Biden’s COVID-19 advisory board, the webinar will also feature:

  • Dr. Helene Gayle, president and CEO of The Chicago Community Trust, who co-chaired the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine working group that produced the Framework for Equitable Allocation of Vaccine for the Novel Coronavirus
  • Kristen Ehresmann, RN, MPH, director, Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Prevention and Control Division, Minnesota Department of Health
  • Helen Branswell, senior writer, Infectious Disease, STAT
Learn more and register


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