University of Minnesota holds on to its research ranking

  • Article by: JENNA ROSS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 14, 2012 - 8:14 PM

But hot competition for shrinking federal funds will be a tough welcome for the new VP of research, Brian Herman, next year.

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DufferHDec. 15, 12 2:34 AM

Seriously, am I reading this right -- a university's research ranking is determined by how much research money it spends? Where do results of that spending come into play?

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charles3Dec. 15, 12 6:43 AM

All the University really cares about is that if the funding was NIH, they probably got at leasst an additional 50% of each dollar in "soft money". That's what pays the "other" bills at the University, folks. And why there is so little in the NIH budget to pay out for more research grants to other very deserving researchers and institutions.

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woodpecDec. 15, 12 6:44 AM

DufferH: The money in question here is not state money, but money individual professors applied for mostly at the national level in response to very competitive calls for proposals. Most proposals do have to document success in past research efforts and preliminary promising results. When UofMN professors are the recipients of such grants, they prove that they have a better record and better ideas than others who apply. Also, in the end a very large amount of this grant money goes to pay undergraduate and graduate students while they are receiving an education.

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pitythefoolsDec. 15, 12 8:14 AM

Research is not in the charter of land grant Universities. Research belongs in the private sector, where it used to be. Edison had over 1,000 researchers at Menlo Park. The transistor was invented at Bell Labs. Now days, businesses just cozy up with Universities and have them do their research, the cost taken out of students tuition and other sources. It's time to send research back to the private sector, and have the Universities focus on their charter - graduating educated students, at a price the middle class can afford.

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luxaeternaDec. 15, 12 8:46 AM

@pitythefools: Research is a central mission of the University of Minnesota. We want people to come and work at the U. who are interested in pushing the boundaries of knowledge and making discoveries that will improve this world, regardless of whether there's an obvious financial benefit that the private sector would expect. We need to encourage the sort of environment that will attract the best and brightest students and professors to keep the U. a great place that Minnesota can be proud of.

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woodpecDec. 15, 12 9:37 AM

DufferH: The money in question here is not state money, but money individual professors applied for mostly at the national level in response to very competitive calls for proposals. Most proposals do have to document success in past research efforts and preliminary promising results. When UofMN professors are the recipients of such grants, they prove that they have a better record and better ideas than others who apply. Also, in the end a very large amount of this grant money goes to pay undergraduate and graduate students while they are receiving an education.

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regionguyDec. 15, 1211:19 AM

Maybe I just mis-read the article, but how does the change from 2002 to 2003 have relevance here?

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ehenlyDec. 15, 12 3:29 PM

It would have been nice to be provided with the top 10 list to the other top universities. And I agree - research is critical to any major university For one thing, it attracts top academics and students, and for another, discoveries help local industry. There is significant interplay between the private sector and the U - consider medical technology and the U med school as one such relationship.

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