The University of Missouri research board consists of over 20 faculty members appointed by the president for two-year terms. Its mission is to enhance the long-term quality and quantity of scholarship throughout the university by supporting meritorious research projects.
The Goal is to leverage external funds by
- supporting promising new faculty
- funding of high quality new initiatives of senior faculty
This support is intended to:
- help promising new faculty initiate their research
- provide seed money to test new ideas in their preliminary stages before enough data have been gathered to submit a proposal for external funding
- provide modest resources for excellent scholarship in fields for which external support may be quite limited
- provide bridging funds, and
- for Special Opportunity Proposals, provide matching funds sometimes required by external sponsors.
The Board considers these key factors in the review of projects:
- quality of the proposed research or creative activity
- importance and probable impact the proposed work may have on the field
- potential of the project to obtain future external funding
- potential value for enhancing the stature of the university
- project design and procedures
- resources and environment available to carry out the project
- value for development of the applicant's research potential and progress
- quality, productivity, and current research funding of the applicant, and
- budget appropriateness in terms of the project and the board's resources, including consideration of need and availability of external support.
The board has established programs for:
- individual or collaborative projects
- special opportunities and
- book publication subventions
No funds are set aside for specific programs or for specific types of proposals. Inter-departmental, inter-campus collaboration and new cross-disciplinary research initiatives are encouraged and may strengthen a proposal and serve as a positive factor in its evaluation. A commitment of partial support for a project from the campus, college or unit is not required, but it may be a positive factor in the review.
Awards are not renewable. The research board will not serve as a source of continuing support for specific projects or facilities. Awards normally are for a one-year period, but longer terms (up to a maximum of two years) are permitted if fully justified in the proposal.
|The board will NOT provide certain types of support. These include:|