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Spinal Cord Injury Research Program

Effective July 2012, the Missouri General Assembly passed an increased funding authorization for the Spinal Cord Injuries and Congenital or Acquired Disease Processes Research Program from $625,000 to $1.5 million. 

This additional funding will allow awards for more proposals from research institutions around the state, enhancing the attractiveness and competitiveness of the program. It also will make larger-scale studies more feasible by allowing researchers to receive up to $250,000 per year for one to two years. Funding for the program comes from the state’s Spinal Cord Injury Fund, supported primarily by fines for intoxication-related offenses in Missouri.

Also in July, Andrew McClellan was appointed director of the program. As a professor of biological sciences at the University of Missouri, a long-term goal of his research program is to understand how neural networks in the nervous system produce locomotion behavior. His laboratory has identified some of the key cellular and molecular mechanisms that contribute to successful neural regeneration and behavioral recovery following spinal cord injury.

McClellanA-crop.jpg“Having been engaged in spinal cord injury research since 1985, I am excited about becoming the new director of this program. I hope to increase the number of laboratories involved in spinal cord injury research in the state of Missouri, and as a result, this will contribute to finding cures for spinal cord injuries, promote better health care for SCI patients in our state and increase the visibility of our program nationally.”

—Andrew McClellan, Director
UM Spinal Cord Injury Research Program


5 total projects funded in FY12

$943,492 awarded in FY12

For more information on the Spinal Cord Injury Research Program, click here

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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