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Business Development

We bring applied research solutions to market through partnerships across Minnesota - and the world. We partner with industry, business, agencies across the U.S., institutes world-wide and the entire UMN research enterprise to deliver high quality, science-based results. 

Services for businesses of all sizes:

  • Technical expertise
  • Manufacturing efficiencies
  • Product development and materials testing

We provide:

  • Memorandums’ of Understanding
  • Confidentiality Agreements
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  • Proprietary Reports
  • Technology Commercialization & IP Protection
  • Quality Control/Quality Assurance Practices (Six Sigma, LEAN Manufacturing)



Our research projects are funded by a variety of agency and industry partners in pursuit of real solutions.

National Agencies

  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • National Science Foundation
  • USDA Forest Service
  • USDA Forest Products Laboratory
  • U.S. Dept. of Energy
  • U.S. Dept. of Transportation
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • U.S. Geological Survey
  • National Audubon Society
  • National Council of Air & Stream Improvement

Regional Agencies

  • Great Lakes Observing System
  • Northeast-Midwest Institute
  • Cooperative Ecosystem Study Unit

State Agencies

  • Department of Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation
  • MN Dept. of Agriculture
  • MN Dept. of Energy
  • MN Pollution Control Agency
  • Minnesota Sea Grant
  • MN Dept. of Natural Resources
  • MN Board of Water and Soil Resources
  • MN Dept. of Transportation
  • Legislative-Citizens Commission on Minnesota’s Resources
  • Minnesota Zoo


  • Grand Portage Band of Chippewa Indians
  • Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa


  • Blandin Foundation
  • Otto Bremer Foundation 
  • U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities


  • Xcel Energy
  • Minnesota Power
  • American Peat Technology
  • Cliffs Natural Resources
  • U.S. Steel
  • Nucor
  • Weir Minerals
  • 3M
  • Cargill
  • Matt, Inc.
  • Savannah Pallet


  • Central Michigan University
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Mississippi State University
  • Lakehead University
  • Michigan Technological University

One Minute Testimonials

American Peat Technology

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Loll Designs

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