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Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute receives funding from 3M to promote diversity among research scientists

Minneapolis, Minn. – Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute (HHRI) received a grant from 3M to support the training of postdoctoral and junior faculty researchers.

HHRI’s Research and Career Development Award is designed to extend the impact of STEM educational curricula by providing a clear pathway to career opportunities in related fields, especially in biomedical research. This aligns with HHRI and 3M’s shared commitment to increase diversity, advance inclusion, and achieve equity in the community, workplace and business practices.

“If STEM programs in K-12 and secondary education represent the pipeline of academic talent, then postdoctoral programs must be the pump – drawing talented researchers into organizations where they can thrive and produce innovative solutions to the world’s most challenging problems,” said HHRI President Ajay Israni, MD, MS.  “We are grateful to 3M for their support and appreciate this vital partnership to foster career opportunities for women and minority researchers in healthcare and other STEM fields.”

While public and private research grants are often limited for early career researchers, funding from 3M will actively support underrepresented investigators. Postdoctoral and junior faculty researchers will work in their field of study under the direction and mentorship of HHRI senior faculty and have access to scientists and other key personnel at 3M. The long-range goal is to help researchers make the transition to independence as Principal Investigators on their own projects.

“At 3M, we’re committed to nurturing the minds of young people interested in becoming the next leaders in science, technology, engineering, and math,” said Michael Stroik, vice president of 3M Community Relations and 3Mgives. “Through this partnership with Hennepin Healthcare, we are pleased to support postdoctoral research opportunities to help address health inequities.” 

Fellowships will be awarded to conduct research in one of four key areas: Infectious Diseases, Acute Care/Trauma, Addiction, and Health Services (Diabetes, Kidney Disease, Heart Disease, and others). Funding is being sought from other organizations to increase the scope and impact of this program.


Read more about how HHRI is creating a pathway for STEM in science careers



About Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute

Founded in 1952, Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute (HHRI) supports and administers the medical research conducted at HCMC, the acute care research and teaching hospital of the Hennepin Healthcare System. HHRI supports the work of more than 250 researchers and staff, including MDs, MD/PhDs, PhDs, and PharmDs, and consistently ranks in the top 10 percent of all institutions receiving research funds from the National Institutes of Health. For more information about research at HHRI, visit or Twitter @hhrinstitute.

About 3M

At 3M (NYSE: MMM), we apply science in collaborative ways to improve lives daily as our employees connect with customers all around the world. Learn more about 3M’s creative solutions to global challenges at or on Twitter @3M or @3MNews.


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