Classroom safety, sustainable plastics, research ethics
March 2021  •  Read online

Mid-Pandemic, UMN Research Guided Changes to Make Classrooms Safer


Research into how HVAC systems affect the spread of COVID-19 helped inform a plan that made classrooms as safe as possible for in-person learning.

MnDRIVE Aims to Spark New Collaborations into Sustainable Plastics


Researchers hope to replace petroleum-based plastics and polymers with bio-based alternatives that harmlessly biodegrade or can be better recycled for reuse.

Research Ethics: Balancing Research and Care During a Pandemic


As part of Research Ethics Day, experts from UMN and across the globe gathered virtually to discuss how COVID-19 is changing research ethics.

UMF Launches Central Hub for Philanthropic Grant Opportunities


The Charitable Grants Resource Hub is a one-stop shop for finding information about funding opportunities of $50,000 or more from philanthropic foundations.

UMN Supporting State Effort to Bolster Startups, Innovation


Launch Minnesota aims to grow the startup ecosystem by connecting entrepreneurs with resources and education to help them bring new technologies to market.


National Study Aims to Improve US Transportation System with Accessibility Data

University of Minnesota, UMN Hormel Institute, and Mayo Clinic Collaborate on New Citizen Science Project

Newly Funded Research Will Use Biomarkers from Blood to Understand How Childhood Shapes Risks of Alzheimer's and Other Dementias

New U of M Study Outlines Recommendations for Conserving State’s Threatened Groundwater Supply

With $7.1 Million, University of Minnesota and Partners to Launch a Long-Term Program to Study Urban Nature in the Twin Cities

First Comprehensive Study of Wildlife Roadkill in Tsavo, Kenya Identifies Hotspots, Affected Species


MnDRIVE Environment Spring 2021 Seed Grant, MnDRIVE Environment

MnDRIVE Environment's Spring 2021 Seed Grant RFP invites innovative solutions that help remediate environmental contaminants and stimulate sustainable economic growth across Minnesota. This RFP seeks proposals that use biological or chemical agents to remove, degrade, or detoxify contaminants (like plastics) in polluted soil, water, or air.

Deadline: April 26, 2021

2021 ODAT Translational Grant Program, Clinical and Translational Science Institute

The 2021 ODAT Translational Grant Program request for applications (RFA) supports innovations that advance health equity, improve access to care, and increase health care quality or quality of life for adult and pediatric populations impacted by health disparities. The ultimate goal of this funding program is to positively impact patient health in Minnesota and the nation.

Deadline: April 28, 2021

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


Mini-Webinar: Research Tool Commercialization

April 12, 2021 11:00 - 11:30 a.m. CDT | Online

Research tools (RTs) facilitate the progress of research and discovery and are valuable assets to make widely available. In this mini-webinar, learn how Technology Commercialization can work with you to commercialize and distribute the research tools developed in your lab to scientists at a variety of organizations, both academic and industrial.

Walleye Tank: Minnesota's Life Science Pitch Contest

April 16, 2021 2:00 - 4:30 p.m. CDT | Online

Join us for the spring 2021 Walleye Tank pitch competition, a startup tradition highlighting Minnesota innovators and community leaders. The event features pitches from leading entrepreneurs in three categories overseen by a panel of judges assembled from experienced entrepreneurs and investors from the local area. Register to attend

Courageous Leadership: A Conversation with Renowned Climate Scientist, Dr. Terry Root, and IonE Director, Dr. Jessica Hellmann

April 19, 2021 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. CDT | Online

In celebration of Earth Day, join us for an inspiring conversation between Institute on the Environment director Dr. Jessica Hellmann and her mentor, Dr. Terry Root, a bold leader in research and advocacy related to the mass extinction of plants and wildlife. They'll explore Dr. Root's experiences at the forefront of climate research and advocacy, what it means to be a woman leader in the sciences, the future of climate science, and so much more.


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