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Faculty Innovation Awards

The Faculty Innovation Awards Program is an initiative of the MU Institute of Clinical and Translational Science. The awards are co-sponsored by the UM System Office of Research and Economic Development and the Missouri Innovation Center. 

The purpose of the awards is to assess and/or advance the commercial potential of faculty innovations. The modest award is a grant to the faculty innovator for a one-year residency in the MU Life Science Business Incubator at Monsanto Place, entitling the awardees to all of the amenities and the technology commercialization assistance of MIC. 

Recipients of these awards are likely to continue down the research pathway under the UM System. This program provides them with resources that are necessary to continue their work at different levels.

Because of the appreciation among the MU faculty who have received these awards, the UM System plans to introduce a pilot program in 2013 that opens this opportunity up to all campuses with the help of campus matching funds. 

8 total projects funded since 2010

$20,000 total awarded by UM System in FY12


Research Parks & Incubators

The University of Missouri System’s statewide network of research parks provides a thriving environment for discoveries to move from the laboratory to the marketplace. The atmosphere of innovation and collaboration attracts national and international tenants who create quality employment opportunities for Missouri citizens and millions of dollars of capital investment across the state.

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Office of Intellectual Property Administration

The Office of Intellectual Property Administration (OIPA) supports the economic development mission by encouraging broad practical application of university research for the public benefit; assisting those associated with the technology transfer program with evaluating, protecting, licensing and commercializing university discoveries; and carrying out new economic development initiatives designed to create jobs in Missouri.

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Funding Opportunities

The Office of Research and Economic Development is dedicated to commercializing university technologies - one of the biggest challenges to that mission is funding. To proactively combat the constant obstacle, the office has formulated different funding programs for faculty, students and innovations in all stages of the discovery process.

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Office of Research & Economic Development

The Office of Research and Economic Development was established in 2005 to link research and commercialization from the four University of Missouri System campuses with emerging and existing firms across the state and around the world. Working closely with the chief research officers, chancellors and technology transfer offices from each campus, the office also serves as a conduit to local, state and federal agencies to ensure research results aid the growth of Missouri’s economy.

The Office is dedicated to advancing Missouri through innovation, investment and infrastructure.

Our enthusiasm for these three categories revolves around the development of intellectual property, funding programs and research parks and incubators. Providing support during critical stages in university inventions’ path to the marketplace stimulates Missouri’s economy, jobs and entrepreneurship.

Our vision is to enable and lead Missouri’s transformation toward a knowledge-based economy dependent upon innovation and entrepreneurship.

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309 University Hall
Columbia MO, 65211
Phone: 573-882-6726
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