Strategic Initiatives

Innovations today. Solutions tomorrow. NRRI’s research agenda targets the following three major initiatives. These focal points of our integrated research programs will deliver real impacts for Minnesota and the region.



Explore our Research Platforms

NRRI collaborates as part of the University of Minnesota research enterprise and works with regional, national and global partners to accelerate good ideas towards implementation and commercialization. We address critical initiatives through five integrated Research Platforms. Together, we discover the economy of the future. Find out how. 

NRRI Research Platforms


Sample Research Projects

The Minnesota Breeding Bird Atlas documents the distribution of every breeding bird species in Minnesota and provides a solid foundation for future conservation efforts.

Documenting long-term population trends of breeding forest birds in the Chippewa and Superior National Forests.

Demonstration of a Thermally Modified Eastern Larch Boardwalk to Catalyze New Markets for Low-value Timber.

Online mapping tools and data for natural resource planning, management, and research in Minnesota.

Featured News

Postdoc. It’s a common term in academia, and growing more common in industry, as well. But what exactly is a Postdoc? And what are they doing at NRRI?

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The complex nature of NRRI research keeps Safety Program Manager, Jean Cranston, busy and innovative.

NRRI's fast-growing hybrid poplar tree is showing its worth as an environmental clean-up tool in U.S. Forest Service trials.