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Innovation is the key to the university research and economic development operations. Technologies that come from the four campuses of the University of Missouri System are fundamental to the investment success and infrastructure needs of the university. 

The four campuses of the UM System perform 95 percent of the research conducted in the state by public four-year institutions and with $6.8 million in licensing income, UM campuses are among the top 30 percent of universities in licensing revenue generated from research-developed intellectual property. 

Moving forward our goal is to expand university research collaborations with industry and identify the best partnerships to exploit our research strengths and increase the output of innovations that will compete in tomorrow’s marketplace. 


Campus Research and Technology Strengths

Beyond Meat: Venture capital leader Kleiner Perkins and Twitter co-founders invest in MU startup 

Coulter Translational Partnership Program: MU Researchers receive high honors with foundation funding

MURR: Campus resource remains national attraction

Small Modular Reactor (SMR) Project: Master research agreement and strategic collaboration

FREEDM Systems Center: S&T Expertise leads to advanced developments for consortium

Bone and Tissue Consortium: Intercampus collaboration leads to clinical trials and commercialization

EyeVerify: Keeping an eye on cell phone-based commercial transactions and identity management

UMKC Innovation Center: UMKC Innovation Center is using network power to fuel startups

Medicinal Chemistry Group: Industry and academic units collaborate for advanced results

UMSL Class of Inventors


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.

Contact Us

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