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Research Board

Founded in 1992, the Research Board’s mission is clear: to enhance scholarship in the university in the long-term by promoting the quality and quantity of research. Statistically, those funded from the Research Board during the life of their career at the university received more funding than those who had not obtained this initial funding.  

Faculty members who have received Research Board funding in the past continually credit their success to the program.

RB-Kpeaslee-crop.jpg“During my second year as assistant professor (after several failed attempts in the first year of my career to receive funding), I wrote my first grant application to the Research Board. It was rejected but the comments and reviews included several very helpful suggestions to improve the application. After making the necessary changes, the proposal was successfully funded in 1997. This was my largest grant up to that point and opened the door to my research in the modeling of steelmaking processes. Within two years of this first grant, I was able to write proposals that were funded with a number of other agencies including the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the US Department of Energy. I have been able to build a strong research program in the area that was pioneered by my Research Board award. The steel research group (lab pictured right) at Missouri S&T did nearly $2 million in research last year. Although I can’t attribute all of my success as a faculty member to my first Research Board award, it definitely opened up my research opportunities early in my career and has made a major difference in my success as an assistant professor.”

Kent Peaslee, F. Kenneth Iverson Steelmaking Chair,
Materials Science & Engineering Department, Missouri S&T

78 projects funded in 2012

$2,383,482 awarded in 2012

$56,000,000 awarded since 1992

For every dollar put into the Research Board, UM faculty receive 2.2x return on investment

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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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