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About NRRI

Innovative Research. Minnesota Value. Global Relevance.

NRRI delivers applied research solutions to diversify Minnesota's economic opportunities. 

NRRI Overview

Integrated Research Groups

As part of the University of Minnesota system research enterprise, NRRI employs over 140 scientists, engineers, technicians, staff and students in two industrial research facilities. Through collaborative partnerships, we deliver the innovative tools and solutions needed to utilize and sustain Minnesota’s precious natural resources.

Two Industrial Research Sites

NRRI has extensive laboratory capabilities to discover and deliver at the bench-to-pilot scales, reducing risk inherent in commercializing innovations. NRRI in Duluth has 19 labs to meeting the needs of land, wildlife, water and minerals research. There’s also an additive manufacturing lab and several technology development labs. NRRI’s facility in Coleraine is a 27-acre site focused on minerals and bio-based energy research.

NRRI Mission

NRRI delivers research solutions to balance our economy, resources and environment for resilient communities.

NRRI Core Values

  • Safety
  • Quality
  • Respect
  • Ethics
  • Innovation
  • Environmental Responsibility
  • Education & Communication