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Purpose: To enhance the long-term quality and quantity of scholarship throughout the university by supporting meritorious research projects.


Deadline: Monday, March 17, 2014
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Deadline: Monday, May 5, 2014
Purpose: This program is intended to increase interdisciplinary and intercampus research collaborations to leverage the intellectual capital and resources at the four University of Missouri campuses.
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The UM System will again offer the Fast Track program in 2014. The program is designed to enhance the university’s research discoveries by moving them further down the commercialization pipeline. Watch this newsletter and the ORA web site for more information.







































































UMSL Innovator

January 2014, Volume XIII, Number 7

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›UMSL's George Gokel Named NAI Fellow

George Gokel

Last month, the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) named 143 innovators to NAI Fellow status.

Included in the 2013 class are 26 presidents and senior leadership of research universities and non-profit research institutes, 69 members of the National Academies, five National Inventors Hall of Fame inductees, six recipients of the U.S. National Medal of Technology and Innovation, two recipients of the U.S. National Medal of Science, nine Nobel Laureates, five Lemelson-MIT prize recipients, 23 AAAS Fellows, and 23 IEEE Fellows, among other awards and distinctions. 

Also included in the 2013 class is Dr. George Gokel, Distinguished Professor of Science and director of UMSL’s Center for Nanoscience (pictured above). Also a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Gokel is a named inventor on 15 issued U.S. patents and one pending patent application. Collectively, the new Fellows hold more than 5,600 U.S. patents.

NAI Fellows are highly distinguished inventors who have demonstrated a highly prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society. As a researcher, Gokel has helped lay the groundwork in new areas of investigation and has made multiple discoveries that hold great promise in the treatment of cancer and cystic fibrosis, increased efficacy of antibiotics, and improved research tools. Recently, he has been exploring certain novel channel-forming molecules as DNA transfection agents.

“I am honored to be included among such a distinguished group of individuals, many of whom I know and all of whom I admire," Gokel said. "This recognition would have been impossible without my collaboration with other researchers and the many wonderful students that have worked in and are working in my laboratory."

One other innovator from the University of Missouri was elected an NAI Fellow: Dr. Hank Foley, Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs at the UM System.

The NAI Fellows will be inducted by the Deputy U.S. Commissioner for Patents, Andrew Faile, from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), during the 3rd Annual Conference of the National Academy of Inventors, on Mar. 7, 2014, in Alexandria, Va., at the USPTO headquarters. A plaque listing the name and institution of each NAI Fellow will be on permanent display at the USPTO.

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›External Awards Report: November 2013

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›Lobbying Disclosure Requirements, Reporting Deadline

To ensure that the university is compliant with the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 2007, it is important that faculty and staff adhere to policies outlined at www.umsystem.edu/ums/gr/disclosure.

UMSL employees must report expenses incurred in the process of lobbying to either at the time of travel expense report submission or no later than the end of the quarter during which the expenses were incurred.

› Reports Due for Fourth Quarter 2013 (Oct 1 - Dec 31)

If you incurred lobbying expenses between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31, 2013, please complete the Lobbying Report Form Lobbying Report Form and email to Abby Schulte (ext 5899) by Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2013. If you have questions please contact either Abby or Tony Accurso (ext. 5859).

›New Tools for Searching NIH-funded Projects

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The RePORTER on the Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tools (RePORT) website has been updated to enhance your search of NIH-funded projects. One such update, Matchmaker, is a new query interface where users can submit abstracts or other scientific text to find similar projects. Matchmaker also automatically creates charts of the most common peer review study sections, funding institutes and centers (ICs), and activity codes in your list of similar projects to help you narrow in on which study sections reviewed those projects and understand which NIH ICs fund similar work. → Read More

› See additional News, Events & Upcoming Deadlines on the ORA web site.


The Office of Research Administration at the University of Missouri-St. Louis publishes The UMSL Innovator once each month. The online and e-mail publication is designed to inform the campus community of grants received; highlight the research and commercialization accomplishments of UMSL faculty, graduate students and staff; and provide information on important deadlines and events. Also included is recent news about research and commercialization at the University and elsewhere. Recipients are UMSL faculty, students and staff. E-mail wilgerst@umsl.edu if you have questions, comments or suggestions on content.

The Office of Research Administration provides leadership and support in the development, execution and operation of programs in sponsored research, technology transfer and economic development throughout the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

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