Research Fair exhibitors

CFANS’ first Research Resource Fair for faculty, staff and students will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, March 23, in the Cargill Building on the St. Paul campus. Here’s a look at who’s exhibiting:

CFANS Deans Office

Wondering where to find out about research funding opportunities? How to set up a website for your lab? How to show your college affiliation in a PowerPoint? Representatives from the college IT, communications and research administration teams are here to help.

The Center for Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics (CMSP)

The CMSP facility provides support to the life sciences research community at the University of Minnesota. CMSP provides expertise, equipment, training, and support for analyzing all types of biological molecules - with a focus on proteomics and metabolomics applications. With years of experience serving the entire biological science area of the university, the CMSP staff has a wide range of expertise in analytical methods used to characterize a broad range of molecule types. In addition to large-scale discovery studies, proteins, metabolites or other molecules of interest can be validated by targeted mass spectrometry methods.

Facilities Management (FM) and the Department of Environmental Health and Safety (DEHS)

FM is here to help safely support your work in research. Our expertise includes building and equipment maintenance, energy management, custodial services, and project design and construction. DEHS offers services in consultation, training programs, and regulatory compliance for all U of M researchers. We provide professional advice and support in development of standard operating procedures, training guidelines, and process development. We also are specialists in the areas of chemical safety, indoor air quality, bio-hazard control, ergonomic health, radiation protection, hazardous waste and workplace safety.

The University of Minnesota Genomics Center (UMGC)

UMGC provides genomics research services committed to advancing genomics in Minnesota. The UMGC maintains and acquires state-of-the-art instrumentation and offers an array of services including sequencing, expression, genotyping, nucleic acid extraction and related support. We strive to keep pace with the ever-broadening world of “omics” technologies (genomics, epigenomics, metabolomics), and to expand our role at the university and the wider biotech community.

The Graduate School Fellowship Office

The Graduate School Fellowship Office administers university-wide fellowships and grants based on academic merit. Unlike teaching and research assistantships, fellowships are non-service awards. Currently enrolled Ph.D students may apply. Fellowships usually cover educational and living expenses and grants usually cover expenses related to specific projects.

Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR)

The LCCMR is made up of 17 members: 5 senators, 5 representatives, 5 citizens appointed by the governor, 1 citizen appointed by the Senate, and 1 citizen appointed by the House. The function of the LCCMR is to make funding recommendations to the state legislature for special environment and natural resource projects, primarily from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (ENRTF). These projects help maintain and enhance Minnesota's environment and natural resources. The LCCMR developed from a program initiated in 1963. Since 1963, about $900 million has been appropriated to more than 2,000 projects recommended to the legislature by the commission to protect and enhance Minnesota's environment and natural resources. A request for proposal is issued on an annual basis. About $50 million in funding is available annually.

Global Programs and Strategy Alliance

The Global Programs and Strategy Alliance (GPS Alliance) is the central international office for the University of Minnesota system. The GPS Alliance is the driving force for the University of Minnesota in globalizing teaching, learning, research, and engagement. We support the university's mission by working closely with campuses, colleges, units, faculty and staff, students, and the community to comprehensively internationalize the University of Minnesota.

University Libraries

University Libraries will be sharing information about how we can assist with the research process. We offer consultation services for data management planning, and you can distribute your research on the Data Repository for the University of Minnesota (DRUM). We'll also be sharing information about discovering collaboration opportunities with our researcher information service, Experts@UMN

Minnesota Department of Agriculture

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has three funding opportunities targeted to research and a quarantine facility managed in partnership with the University of Minnesota.

  • About $800,000 is awarded annually through a competitive Request for Proposal process for Clean Water Research promoting the development and evaluation of agricultural conservation practices, quantification and reduction of agricultural contributions to impaired waters, and identification of underlying processes that affect water quality.
  • The AGRI Crop Research Grants focus on applied research to improve the quality, quantity and/or value of crops grown in Minnesota. Awards of up to $250,000 are made on a competitive basis and create public, transferable information and include a robust outreach component. Funding is about $2 million each year.
  • The farmer-led Agricultural Fertilizer Research and Education Council (AFREC) of Minnesota advances soil fertility research and education through annual grants awarded to researchers, Extension staff, industry and others. About $850,000 is awarded each year.
  • The Minnesota Department of Agriculture, with the University of Minnesota, manages the BSL2 insect biological control and BSL3 plant pathogen research containment facilities on the St. Paul campus.

Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center (MAISRC)

The MAISRC uses innovative science to identify solutions to Minnesota’s AIS problems. Our mission is to develop research-based solutions that can reduce the impacts of aquatic invasive species in Minnesota by preventing spread, controlling populations and managing ecosystems; and to advance knowledge of AIS to inspire action by others. We have funding available for research on priority topics and we operate a newly renovated 10,000-square-foot facility designed specifically for studying and holding AIS. Space may be available to UMN and non-UMN researchers; user fee applies.

Minnesota Invasive Terrestrial Plants and Pests Center (MITPPC)

The MITPPC was established by the Minnesota Legislature in 2014 and is located in CFANS. The center’s purpose is to research and develop effective measures to prevent and minimize the threats posed by terrestrial invasive plants, pathogens and pests. To this end, the center sponsors a competitive terrestrial invasive species research grant program for University of Minnesota faculty. Funding is provided by the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund. 

Microbial and Plant Genomics Institute (MPGI)

MPGI’s mission is to promote advances in microbial and plant genomics, genomics-enabled science and molecular genetics for the benefit of society. The Institute will accomplish this through research, educational and outreach activities that foster a multi-disciplinary interchange of ideas and cutting-edge technologies and their applications. Activities of the Institute will contribute to basic science and the translation of genomics for applications to the environment, agriculture, and human health. Follow us on Twitter: @UMN_MPGI

Minnesota Supercomputing Institute (MSI) 

MSI offers computational resources, data storage and consulting services to the University of Minnesota research and scholarly community and to external partners. Much of this is free of charge for internal users. Dedicated storage beyond what is typically allocated can be purchased, and consultants can be hired on an hourly basis for more extensive projects. External partners pay for services. MSI has the software, hardware, and expert staff to provide the support you need for your research, regardless of the research area.

North Central Region - Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (NCR-SARE)

(NCR-SARE) is one of four regional offices that run the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program, a nationwide grants and education program to advance sustainable innovation to American agriculture. NCR-SARE offers competitive grants and educational opportunities for producers, scientists, educators, institutions, organizations and others exploring sustainable agriculture in the Midwest. NCR-SARE has awarded more than $40 million worth of competitive grants to farmers and ranchers, researchers, educators, public and private institutions, nonprofit groups, and others exploring sustainable agriculture in 12 states. 

Office for Technology Commercialization (OTC)

The OTC oversees all aspects of technology commercialization at the University of Minnesota, bridging the gap between the lab and the marketplace to connect U of M researchers with companies to achieve results. The mission of the OTC is to facilitate the transfer of University of Minnesota research to licensees for development of new products and services that benefit the public good, foster economic growth and generate revenue to support the university’s research and education goals. The OTC also assists researchers with developing start-up companies based on U of M technology. OTC offers workshops and training for researchers, including boot camps focused on developing entrepreneurial skills and workshops to learn about creating start-up companies. We can assist with helping researchers find funding specifically targeted to conduct translational research aimed at commercially advancing their inventions.

Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR)

The OVPR, through its Research Advancement unit, provides several grant opportunities for faculty throughout the year. Our main program is the Grant in Aid of Research, Artistry and Scholarship program, which accepts applications in the spring and the fall every year, plus a summer deadline for bridge funding applications only. We also run the Minnesota Futures and Research Infrastructure Investment programs in the spring each year. External funding requiring coordination is organized through our office as well.

Research and Outreach Centers

CFANS leads 10 unique Research and Outreach Centers in communities throughout Minnesota. This a unique network of research field sites allows researchers to study the physical, biological, social and economic effects on, and of, agricultural production systems with the goal of enhancing Minnesota.

  • Cloquet Forestry Center (tree harvesting, reforestation and ecology, entomology, tree pathology and genetics, and wildlife studies)
  • Horticultural Research Center in Chaska (landscape plant breeding, fruit breeding, and wetland restoration)
  • Hubachek Center in Ely (climate change, forest development, forest resources, forest management and wildlife conservation)
  • North Central Research and Outreach Center in Grand Rapids (horticulture, agronomy, animal science, tourism, forest management and economics, and forest biology)
  • Northwest Research and Outreach Center in Crookston (soil science, small grains, entomology, plant pathology, sugar beets and natural resources)
  • Rosemount Research and Outreach Center in Rosemount (agricultural production, agronomy, animal science, environment, renewable energy and horticulture)
  • Sand Plain Research Center in Becker (irrigation management, pest management, fertilizer management, nutrient leaching and crop trials)
  • Southern Research and Outreach Center in Waseca (agronomy, dairy, swine, horticulture, nematology, soil science and water quality)
  • Southwest Research and Outreach Center in Lamberton (agronomy, pest management, organic and prairie ecology, soil and water management and conservation)
  • West Central Research and Outreach Center in Morris (agronomy and soil science, dairy, swine, horticulture, and renewable energy)

Stakman-Borlaug Center for Sustainable Plant Health (SBC)

The SBC builds upon the vision of University of Minnesota scientists Elvin C. Stakman and Norman E. Borlaug, applying interdisciplinary approaches to solve plant health problems that affect global food security and ecosystem health. SBC members from diverse disciplines contribute unique perspectives and skills in research, capacity building and outreach to address sustainable plant health challenges. SBC fosters activities in the areas of sustainable global crop production, plant genetic resources, and plant health for pollinator health.

Sponsored Projects Administration (SPA)

SPA is a unit in the Office of Vice President for Research with several missions:

  • Assists faculty in submitting proposals and getting grants
  • Accept awards and assures they are administered consistently with sponsor and Board of Regents policies
  • Mediates the grant process
  • Serves the research mission of the university
  • Helps ensure compliance with internal and external requirements

SPA is the University of Minnesota system-wide office authorized to submit research proposals and receive awards from external sources on behalf of the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota. SPA is also the fiduciary for the university on grant-related matters. SPA’s exhibit will include information on: the new three-day deadline submission policy; subawards; Workspace Submission System; Export Control; and a SPA organizational chart.

Facilities on the St Paul Campus

The St. Paul campus features numerous state-of-the-art resources and facilities reserved for faculty and student use.

  • 160 acres of research plots, (93 individual plots ranging from 1/2 acre to five acres)
  • More than two acres of greenhouse space with bench space and systems in place for correct heat, light, and moisture for any given project
  • 145 environmental growth chambers, which allow for more control of the light, temperature, and airflow than provided by the greenhouses
  • BSL2 Insect Quarantine Facility
  • BSL3 Plant Pathology Quarantine Facility (The only one of its kind in the Midwest)
  • Climate controlled pesticide storage area and inventory database
  • Climatological weather observatory
  • Plant Disease Clinic for routine plant disease diagnosis, nematode analysis, seed quality testing, viral analysis, insect identification and contract research
  • Soil Testing Laboratory for routine soil testing and fertilizer recommendation services
  • Machine Shop Services including 3D printing, fabrication, machining, welding, on-site inspection and consulting

University Imaging Centers (UIC)

The UIC are a network of core imaging facility locations for advanced optical imaging and basic electron microscopy and are supported by the College of Biological Sciences and AHC/Medical School. We serve internal and external research clients in the design of imaging experiments, choice of and training on more than two dozen advanced imaging systems, and subsequent image processing, visualization, and analysis. The scale of image capture that is available ranges from sub-cellular ultrastructure to entire small animals.

University of Minnesota Informatics Institute (UMII)

The UMII fosters and accelerates data-intensive research across the university system in agriculture, arts, design, engineering, environment, health, humanities, and social sciences through informatics services, competitive grants, and consultation. UMII serves as the link to connect the research community to the services related to managing data across the data life cycle. UMII has grant opportunities four times per year: Updraft (up to $5,000) to enable short-term informatics needs, such as attending a workshop or data analysis, and On the Horizon (up to $15,000) to convene groups of researchers and to obtain preliminary results in preparation for large, extramural grants.


U-Spatial provides free support for spatial research, teaching, and learning at the University of Minnesota. U-Spatial's services include technical assistance, instructor-led workshops, resource coordination, event organization and development of the spatial science community.

Water Resources Center

The Water Resources Center is Minnesota's member of a network of 54 state Water Resources Research Institutes established by Congress. Through federal funds for the Institutes and support from the Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station, the center sponsors an annual grant competition, typically awarding three seed grants per year. Any scientist in Minnesota proposing to advance water-related research is eligible to apply. The center also sponsors events and conferences, including the annual Minnesota Water Resources Conference each October. In addition, the center is the administrative home of the interdisciplinary Water Resource Sciences graduate program, involving over 100 graduate faculty members on the Twin Cities and Duluth campuses.