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Research and Economic Development

Since 2004, the University of Missouri System has expanded its mission beyond the traditional pillars of teaching, research and service to include our responsibility to advance the growth and vitality of our state’s economy. We take that commitment seriously.

Through our continued investment in research, our development of intellectual property assets, our investment in bringing intellectual property to the marketplace with proof of concept and seed funding, and our commitment to fostering business startups in our statewide network of research parks and incubators, the university – in a myriad of ways – invests in Missouri’s economy.

This investment pays dividends for us all. It spurs quality job creation, brings additional tax revenue to the state and positions Missouri as a commercialization leader in the country’s burgeoning entrepreneurial economy.

Our goal is 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 partners to ensure research results aid the growth of Missouri’s economy. We strive to grow our research and economic development efforts and output as to improve our industry competitiveness using university innovations and becoming the driving force behind research and economic development for the state of Missouri.

The office’s vision is to enable and lead Missouri’s transformation toward a knowledge-based economy dependent upon innovation and entrepreneurship.  We understand our site encompasses a wide variety of information, if you can’t find exactly what you are looking for please feel free to contact our department directly.

Research and Economic Development Departments

Intellectual Property Administration
:

  • Funding for patent applications
  • In-house preparation and filing of provisional patent applications
  • Market analyses of university intellectual property
  • Data management
  • Policy analysis development 
  • Administrative support

Research Parks
 key responsibilities:

  • National marketing of available sites and opportunities within various UM System assets statewide
  • Development of strategic marketing alliances with economic development allies statewide
  • Project management, negotiation and execution of ground leases within UM System assets statewide
  • Special focus on tech-oriented job creation and commercialization of UM System technologies

Funding Programs:

  • Research Board
  • Faculty Innovation Awards
  • Spinal Cord Injury Research Program
  • Enterprise Investment Program
  • FastTrack Program
  • Interdisciplinary Intercampus Funding Program

Reviewed 2013-08-06.