About A Powerful Partnership

About 3M

Welcome to “A Powerful Partnership” - a resource highlighting the relationship between two of Minnesota’s premier institutions: 3M, a global leader and innovator, and the University of Minnesota, a major public research university. Together, we hone intellectual capital into a force for innovation and discovery.

As the state’s land-grant university, the U of M has unique strengths in research, education, and outreach. And with nearly $120 million invested, 3M is the U’s top corporate partner. 3M support advances research across disciplines, supports hands-on learning, and creates centers for discovery and innovation.

For its part, the University provides a pipeline of talent for 3M’s local, national, and global operations:

  • 5 campuses
  • more than 65,000 students
  • 15,000-plus annual graduates

The diverse stories here reflect the depth of this extraordinary collaboration—one that enriches and advances each organization. Through data, stories, and photos, you can discover more about the research advances and promising scholars of today and tomorrow. You can learn why a team of young engineers is building a solar car, and how 3M and the U of M are joining forces to improve oral health in developing countries. Each story is a touchpoint to our natural partnership with 3M and 3Mgives—one that has an impressive history and an even more promising future.

-The University of Minnesota was recognized as the most innovative public research university in the nation by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities in 2016.  

Thanks for reading! This site is produced and maintained by the University of Minnesota Foundation. Send your comments or questions about the site to Lesley Schack at scha0624@umn.edu


CSE-College of Science and Engineering

CSOM-Carlson School of Management

DENT-School of Dentistry

ICA-Intercollegiate Athletics

OED-Office of Equity and Diversity

STEM-Science, Technology, Engineering, Math

UMMCH-M Health Fairview University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital