Notable Research Institutes

Minnesota is too deep in research and development talent and capacity to list every research institute or facility, but a few prominent ones bear mentioning.

The Industrial Partnership for Research in Interfacial and Materials Engineering (IPRIME) at the University of Minnesota brings industry professionals and university researchers together in research on interfacial and materials science.

The Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment (IREE) has quickly become a central part of Minnesota's renewable energy economy, mobilizing nearly 400 experts around one vital mission: the development of bio-based and other renewable energy resources and processes. With state funding of $5 million per year, IREE supports research in renewable energy and the environment. IREE also seeks and supports the expertise and resources of private business and industry, state public agencies, and the nonprofit sector.

Research at the U of M's Institute of Technology is exploring the reaches of space, unlocking the secrets of Earth, expanding the powers of information technology. Experts are also applying engineering and technology to problems in medicine, biology, and the environment.

The Biomedical Engineering Institute unites engineering and health sciences to create new medical devices, solve clinical problems, and promote collaboration with industry.

The Institute for Therapeutics Discovery and Development is a research center within the College of Pharmacy focused on creating an almost complete line from drug discovery to drug development to clinical trials within the University of Minnesota.

The U of M's Experimental Surgery Services unit is expert in designing and conducting research to determine the safety and efficacy of medical devices and determining if they are ready for regulatory submission. With 30 years' experience in pre-clinical assessment for the medical industry, the unit is the industry leader in researching and testing cardiac devices and surgical techniques.