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Research and Commercialization Data


Research Expenditures (in millions)

Research expenditures are the actual monies spent on research activities that fiscal year, though the funds may have been awarded in a prior year. Since research awards can fluctuate from year to year, a more stable indicator of research activity is expenditures.

Gross Licensing Income to the University (in millions)

Our ability to generate revenue from the intellectual property developed at the university benefits both the inventor and the university.  Licensing income received by the university supports our research, development and other scholarly activities.

Invention Disclosures Received

The number of invention disclosures received each year reflects new commercialization opportunities. It’s also an indicator of the university’s research output and our ability to effectively mine the research being conducted.

License/Option Agreements Signed

The university’s inventions would never get to market without a strong commercial partner. The ability to identify and attract a commercial partner and negotiate mutually satisfactory option/license terms is crucial to our success.

Number of Active License/Option Agreements

To grow a successful technology transfer program, the university must have a number of inventions in all stages of the commercialization pipeline. The number of active license/option agreements is an indicator of our current and potential future revenue streams. 

US Patents Issued

An issued patent is recognition of an invention’s novelty and is an important component for successful commercialization. However, as a metric, the goal isn’t necessarily the quantity of patents but rather the quality of the patents from a commercialization standpoint. The number of issued patents reflects those innovations that the university believes have the best opportunity to reach the marketplace.



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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