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.
The Enterprise Investment Program, established in 2010, plans to help startup and early stage companies further develop and commercialize university technologies.
The Research Board is designed to enhance the long-term quality and quantity of scholarship throughout the University by supporting meritorious research projects. An important goal of this program is to leverage external funds by supporting promising new faculty and funding high quality new initiatives of senior faculty. Applications are accepted twice an academic year and are eligible for up to $75,000 awards. During the 2010-2011 academic year the Research Board awarded $2.6 million to individual and collaborative projects.
The FastTrack Funding program is designed to assist faculty members in moving intellectual property from the drawing board into production, in the quickest and most cost-effective manner.
The Spinal Cord Injury Program provides "seed" grants of up to $250,000 per year for research projects in Missouri that deal with spinal cord injuries. Junior investigators new to the field and experienced investigators in other fields who wish to test novel ideas on a small scale in anticipation of applying for larger grants elsewhere, are especially encouraged to apply.
If you have any questions relating to these Office of Research and Economic Development funding opportunities please contact our department.