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.
“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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