About UM System Research and Economic Development’s Funding Programs

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.

Financial investments are important along the entire commercialization pathway. Investments from internal and external sources are necessary for basic research, proof-of-concept, and to launch start-up companies created around our new innovations.

The Research Board provides initial research funding for faculty to do applied research in their specific area of work to leverage funds and enhance long-term quality and quantity of scholarship. 

Faculty innovation Awards provide funding to assist faculty innovations with the earliest stages of assessing or advancing the commercialization of invention from their research.

The FastTrack program provides proof-of-concept or gap-funding for faculty members focused on development, testing, prototype construction, or market analysis of innovating technologies emerging from a UM campus. 

The Interdisciplinary Intercampus program was initiated to increase interdisciplinary, intercampus research collaborations to leverage the intellectual capital and resources at the four University of Missouri campuses. 

The Spinal Cord Injury Program provides research support for investigators at public or private educational, healthcare, or research institutions in Missouri to perform exploratory studies regarding spinal cord injury, as well as acquired or congenital disease processes that affect the spinal cord. 

The Enterprise Investment Program provides an early-stage funding source for start-up companies to accelerate company development, attract follow-on angel or venture capital investment, and move UM technologies closer to market.

If you have any questions relating to these Office of Research and Economic Development funding opportunities please contact our department.

Reviewed 2013-03-01.