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Preparing for the Economy of the Future

NRRI researchers are focused on discovering the economy of the future. But what does that really mean? How can NRRI help Minnesota prepare?

Contact us

nrriinfo@d.umn.edu

  • (800) 234-0054

NRRI Duluth: Labs and Admin
(218) 788-2694
5013 Miller Trunk Hwy
Duluth, MN 55811
NRRI Coleraine: Minerals, Metallurgy and Biomass Conversion Labs
(218) 667-4201
PO Box 188
One Gayley Avenue
Coleraine, MN 55722

Discovering the Economy of the Future

The Natural Resources Research Institute was established by the Minnesota legislature in 1983 as an applied science and engineering research organization to inform state citizens and decision-makers while leveraging the power of the University of Minnesota. The forward-looking charter provided by the Legislature is to foster the economic development of Minnesota’s natural resources in an environmentally sound manner to promote private sector employment.

Today, that charter still guides us.

NRRI’s mission is to deliver integrated research solutions that value our resources, environment and economy for a sustainable and resilient future. We are a mission-driven, project-focused team working to create opportunities for natural resource stewardship.

And our vision is clear: NRRI is setting out to discover the economy of the future.

How? By listening. By framing the challenges and research gaps. By collaborating and innovating. By being a trusted partner. By delivering.

NRRI’s strategic research platforms define our unique capabilities and programs. These platforms address Minnesota’s soil, forest, water and mineral resources:

  1. Applied Ecology and Resource Management 
  2. Minerals and Metallurgy
  3. Materials and Bioeconomy
  4. Data Collection and Delivery 
  5. Commercialization Services

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