April 2014 External Awards Report

The total external awards received in April 2014 was $1,097,706.

View the List of Individual Awards; Awards by Sponsor Type; Awards by Purpose

UM Research Board Awards

February 2014 Competition, Winners and Statistics

October 2013 Competition, Winners and Statistics

The next UM Research Board Competition deadline will be in October 2014. Watch this newsletter and the ORA web site for the specific deadline announcement.















































































UMSL Innovator

June 2014, Volume XIII, Number 12

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UMSL Scientist Named 2014 Inventor of the Year

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Dr. Zhi Xu, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

(UMSL Daily, 06/01/2014, Myra Lopes) A University of Missouri–St. Louis researcher, who developed a portable, inexpensive, noninvasive blood glucose monitor for people with diabetes, has been named 2014 “Inventor of the Year” by The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis.

Zhi Xu, associate professor of chemistry at UMSL, is lead researcher on the project, which involves a small monitor that will allow for pain-free, convenient detection of glucose levels in capillaries of the finger with no waste (strips, lancets, etc.) and no need to draw blood.

Xu and St. Louis Medical Devices Inc., which was formed to commercialize his technology, won the “Inventor of the Year” competition in the “Start-ups” category. There were 14 nominees in the startup category. UMSL has licensed patent rights for the device to St. Louis Medical Devices Inc., a company headquartered at UMSL’s own startup company incubator, Innovative Technology Enterprises (ITE), to bring the device to market.

Read More (UMSL Daily)

NIH Presses Journals to Focus on Reproducibility of Studies

A group of leading medical-journal editors, convened by the National Institutes of Health, this week endorsed a set of guidelines intended to tackle the widespread problem of scientific findings that cannot be replicated.

About 40 editors, representing journals that include Science and Nature, reached a "general agreement" about what they must accept as their responsibility for ensuring the reproducibility of their published findings, the NIH director, Francis S. Collins, said on Thursday.

Read More (Chronicle of Higher Education, June 6, 2014, by Paul Basken)

St. Louis' Startup Challenge to Recognize More Women, Minority Entrepreneurs

More startups that are led by women or minorities will be recognized by the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership through this year’s Startup Challenge, the annual business plan competition now in its fifth year.

The competition, which announces its winners at the annual Startup Connection event, will also award more cash to winners this year, handing out $120,000 in prizes compared with $100,000 last year.

... Applications for this year’s competition are being accepted through July 15. Startups from any industry may apply, but must be new or early-stage with no more than $100,000 in annual revenue. Winners will be announced at the Startup Connection in November.

Read More (St. Louis Business Journal, June 3, 2014, by Brian Feldt)

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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.

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Title: NEH Summer Stipends Competition

Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

The revised guidelines for this competition have been posted on the NEH website.

Amount: $6,000

Application Deadline:
> September 30, 2014

UMSL Nominator Officer:
Nasser Arshadi (arshadi@umal.edu)

Eligibility and Process: Only faculty who are nominated should apply (unless they are exempt from nomination, as explained in the guidelines). Nominated applicants must include the name and email address of the appropriate nominating official. After the September 30 deadline, each nominating official will receive an email directly from NEH asking for verification of the selected applicants. This verification must be received by October 21, 2014.