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Small Modular Reactor (SMR) Project

Master research agreement and strategic collaboration


MU_LR.pngWestinghouse Electric Company announced a multiyear master research and collaboration agreement with the University of Missouri and Missouri University of Science and Technology. The agreement will support the development of multiple cutting-edge research projects and the institutions that will benefit the Westinghouse Small Modular Reactor (SMR) Project and the nuclear energy industry as a whole. 

An initial project already underway with MU is a strategic collaboration to perform  first-of-a-kind analysis helping to support licensing activities to establish the emergency planning zone (EPZ) boundary for SMRs. 

Ameren Missouri is the operating license partner in the Westinghouse application to secure Department of Energy SMR investment funds. the U.S. Department of Energy announced it plans to issue a new funding opportunity to support continued design, development and certification of innovative SMR technologies. The DOE program was developed to support the United States’ efforts to lead the world in commercializing American-made SMRs. Westinghouse and Ameren Missouri plan to continue to pursue the funding opportunities and are reviewing the next steps in the application process.

“This collaboration advances our partnership with the University of Missouri System as well as our business relationship with Ameren Missouri. It is our hope that this alliance will underscore our efforts to support Missouri in becoming a hub for the design, development, manufacturing, construction and deployment of American-made SMRs across this nation and around the world.”

—John Goosen, Vice President
Westinghouse Innovation and SMR Development


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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