Industry Engagement at the U

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The Corporate Engagement Center is your way to connect with a vast network of resources across one of the country’s most innovative public research universities.



Success stories

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    $2.5M Cargill grant supports UMN 'Forever Green' initiative

    Cargill has awarded $2.5 million to the Forever Green Initiative at the University of Minnesota to support research into two novel oilseed crops—winter camelina and domesticated winter pennycress—that can produce seed-based oil for low-carbon transportation fuels while also protecting soil, improving water quality, and providing new revenue streams for farmers. Read more.

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    K-12 outreach initiative to advance computer education in Minnesota

    Northern Lights Collaborative for Computing Education in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota was recently awarded a Google Gift to support the development of an Indigenous Computer Science (CS) curriculum unit incorporating Ojibwe and Dakota languages and cultures.  Read more.

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    UMN research enterprise strong and getting stronger

    At the Board of Regents meeting on December 7, 2023, Vice President for Research and Innovation Shashank Priya highlighted the continued growth of the UMN research enterprise, noting that external sponsored research awards to the University remain over $1 billion and the University has risen year-over-year from 14th to 12th among US public universities in the latest National Science Foundation Higher Education Research and Development survey rankings. Read more.

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    UMD program paves the way for more Native Americans in health care

    The University of Minnesota Medical School is leading the way when it comes to recruitment of Indigenous students. Thanks in part to support from Genentech, the University's Duluth campus has created the Gateways to Medicine and Research master of science program, which aims to recruit more Indigenous students and provide them with fully paid tuition.  Read more.

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    Programs ranked in the top 25 globally in 2023: ecology (#3), library & information science (#4), management (#13), communication (#17), economics (#20), psychology (#23), medical tech (#24), and statistics (#24)

  • $8.6 billion

    Annual economic impact for the state of Minnesota, including bioeconomy leadership

  • 12th

    Ranking among U.S. public universities in research spending ($1.227B in FY22)

  • $255.5 million

    Amount corporations invested in University research during a record year for innovation and technology funding in 2021.

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Contact us if you are a corporate or foundation representative and would like more information about matching your priorities and interests with opportunities and resources at the University.

Gabrielle Bunten-Spoth
Corporate Relations Associate
[email protected]