Research and Creative Works Strategic Investment Program

The University of Missouri System is pleased to announce the call for proposals to support the Missouri Compact for Research & Creative Works.  This $50M investment over a 5 year period is part of the overall $260M strategic investments in Student Success, Research & Creative Works, Engagement & Outreach, Inclusive Excellence & Operational Excellence.  This RFP will focus on catalyst projects that can lead to nationally-awarded center grants.  Projects that feature the following elements will be highly preferred:

  • Plans to submit center-level projects that can significantly increase extramural research awards
  • Alignment of proposed efforts to federal agency initiatives
  • Support for undergraduate student researchers with research that can lead to NSF GRFP, NDSEG, Hertz, Ford and other prestigious graduate student fellowship proposals
  • Plans to submit nominations for national faculty awards for NSF, NEA, NEH, AAAS, Fulbright, National Academies, etc
  • Plans to increase high-quality publications
  • Plans to translate research for commercialization and practical applications
  • Meaningful collaborations across campuses
  • Meaningful collaborations with Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences faculty
    • The Fall UMRB program for the Arts, Humanities and the Social Sciences (which is currently underway) will continue as a separate program this year.  There will be no Spring UMRB program in AY19.
    • In AY20, support for the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences will be included in the Missouri Compacts Research & Creative Works Strategic Investment Program through Tier 3 (support from UM System up to $75,000 per project with a required 50% match). Criteria for Tier 3 will be released in AY20.

Types of support

Each proposal must identify a principal investigator (PI) responsible for conducting the project and submitting a final report. Collaborative projects may have one or more co-principal investigators, Co-PIs (up to 5). Click on a header to expand a selection and uncover additional information about the types of support.

Tier 1 support

Tier 1 awards support purchases up to $4,000,000 for multi-user instrumentation and infrastructure needs.

  • Proposals in this tier will require a 100% match from the campus.
  • For example, for a proposal with a total cost of $4M, $2M will be provided by UM System and $2M from the campus.
  • Minimum request from UM System is $1M.

Tier 1 awards provide funds to purchase specialized, state-of-the-art, commercially available instruments that are needed to support projects in basic, translational, or clinical needs of research.  The goal of these awards is to enable faculty researchers to use and leverage the instruments and infrastructure to pursue center-level research projects. Instruments and infrastructure purchased through these awards must be available to all qualified users from the University of Missouri System (all four campuses).

Tier 1 funds will be used primarily for the acquisition of major equipment and not for renovation of laboratory space. Proposed budgets can include limited costs (e.g., machine shop expenses) for constructing, assembling and/or installing equipment, but the budget may not request funding for salaries of faculty, postdoctoral associates or students. Costs for continued operation and maintenance are not eligible for consideration.

Instruments should be integrated into a centralized facility, to encourage optimal sharing among individual investigators, research groups at the campus of installation as well as partners throughout the UM System to foster a collaborative multidisciplinary environment.


Tier 2 support

Tier 2 awards support projects up to $750,000 over a two-year period.

  • Proposals in this tier will require a 50% match from the campus.
  • For example, for a proposal with a total cost of $750,000, $500,000 will be provided by UM System and $250,000 from the campus.
  • Minimum request from UM System is $250K.

There will be an emphasis in supporting grand challenge projects that lead to center-level research projects. Proposals may request salaries for personnel who are integrally involved in performing the research or creative activity. These include:

  • graduate research assistants (minimum of $18,000 per year)
  • undergraduate assistants (up to $3,000 per semester)
  • postdoctoral associates
  • visiting scholars
  • research assistants/associates
  • technicians and
  • special assistants

Neither the PI nor the Co-PIs are eligible to receive salary stipends, including summer salary support. Faculty, including non-tenure-track research faculty, on 11/12-month appointment are not eligible for salary support (Postdocs are the exception).

Calculate fringe benefits at no more than 35.62 percent for benefit eligible employees (current university rate); 0 percent for students; 8 percent for part time employees.

Small equipment, supplies, costs associated with travel to research sites, and other justified research expenses may be requested.

Teaching replacement costs will be considered when there is a strong justification for the applicant to be released from teaching during the academic year. With this support, recipients of any academic rank will be replaced by a teaching assistant or other qualified instructor. The maximum rate accepted is $10,000, including benefits per course, per semester. Arrangement for teaching replacement must be with the department chair. Requests should be for one semester. Requests exceeding two semesters will not be awarded.

Requests for other types of support will be considered if the request represents a critical research need or offers an important opportunity to promote scholarship and creativity. Some examples include:

  • a special library acquisition might have important implications for a particular faculty research effort
  • a workshop or conference might be needed to discuss an important new technology or to consolidate a substantial faculty group effort
  • travel to visit funding agencies to discuss research concepts

These examples are intended to be illustrative, not all-inclusive. Applicants are encouraged to present and justify only their most critical needs, recognizing that resources are limited in relation to the needs for research support.

Awards are not renewable. This mechanism will not be a source of continuing support for specific projects or facilities. Tier 2 awards are for a two-year period.


The following types of support will NOT be allowed

Other types of support that are excluded are:

  • bridge funding
  • faculty may not receive salary as PI and Co-PI (summer or otherwise)
  • academic salaries for faculty on 9 or 11-month appointments (includes ranked, non-tenure track faculty)
  • student tuition or fees
  • graduate research assistantship appointments for greater than 50 percent time
  • stipends for graduate students not enrolled at the University during the academic year
  • salaries for emeritus professors
  • travel to meetings and symposia, or to principal sabbatical leave destinations
  • book publication subventions for non-refereed or commercial presses
  • computer time or data ports on University computers
  • dissertation preparation costs (copying, typing, binding)
  • construction and remodeling of facilities, equipment maintenance costs
  • professional dues/memberships/subscriptions
  • secretarial support
  • general departmental supplies

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Eligibility guidelines

Tenured or tenure-track faculty members are eligible to apply as PI. Ranked, non-tenure-track research faculty may also apply. In exceptional cases that present advantages for the University, emeritus faculty may be considered for support.

Only one proposal from a PI will be considered in any review cycle.


Application instructions

Complete the pre-proposal application template for Tier 1 or the pre-proposal application template for Tier 2, depending upon the type of funding you wish to secure.

Pre-proposals and full proposals (to be submitted upon invitation) must be submitted to the Office of the Vice Chancellor/Vice Provost for Research at the PI’s university at the addresses below:



  • January 30, 2019 - Pre-proposals due to the Office of the Vice Chancellor/Vice Provost for Research
  • February 15, 2019 - Pre-proposals due to UM System, with chancellor’s approval
  • February 15 - March 31, 2019 - Pre-proposal reviews to be completed
  • April 1, 2019 - Full proposal invitations complete
  • May 1, 2019 - Full proposals due at 5:00 p.m.
  • June 30, 2019 - Final funding decisions will be complete

Reviewed 2019-03-12.