♦ External Award Opportunities

Faculty and staff are encouraged to seek external financial support for specific projects that further the mission of the University. The ORA subscribes to the Pivot funding opportunities and scholarly expertise database. All UMSL employees have access to this database. For more information, visit our Getting Started in Pivot page, download the Pivot Quick Start Guide (PDF) or contact the ORA. Acess the PIVOT database.

♦ Internal Awards Programs

The University of Missouri System and UMSL offer competitive grant programs throughout the academic year. These programs support a variety of faculty and staff projects, research, travel support and equipment purchases. If you have questions about any UM/UMSL internal award please or contact Brenda Stutte (314-516-5897).


Internal Awards

UM Research Board Award

UMSL faculty have the opportunity to submit proposals to the UM Research Board, which is designed to enhance the long-term quality and quantity of scholarship throughout the University System by supporting meritorious research projects. An important goal is to leverage external funds by UM faculty by supporting promising new faculty and funding high quality new initiatives of senior faculty.

INDIVIDUAL OR COLLABORATIVE PROJECTS: $3,000 to $75,000 for individual or collaborative projects. Proposals may request salaries for personnel who are integrally involved in performing the research or creative activity.

SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY APPLICATIONS: Although the UM research board has limited resources and has as its focus opportunities made available through Individual and Collaborative projects, the Board will consider Special Opportunity Proposals that have: a) outstanding promise for enhancing the quality, stature, and recognition of scholarship at the University of Missouri, and b) budgets higher than those typical of Individual and Collaborative Projects. Special Opportunity proposals must clearly demonstrate how research board support will be uniquely enabling, thereby allowing an opportunity that cannot otherwise be funded. The potential for leveraging additional investments (monetary or scholarly) and the commitment of matching support will be critical factors in evaluation of Special Opportunity proposals.

Applications Due: Feb. 10, 2015

General Information | Guidelines | Signoff Form

Fast Track

UM FastTrack Funding Program

The FastTrack Funding Program provides funding to achieve technical milestones critical for moving a technology down the commercialization pathway. This funding helps bridge the gap in development between the early stage technology and the point at which the technology is sufficiently validated for commercial application. The objective of the FastTrack program is to maximize the impact of research innovations by facilitating their path to market. The program is composed of two phases of possible funding:

PHASE I FUNDING

FastTrack Phase I funding allows researchers to carry out development, testing, or prototype construction of an existing technology and establish its technical merit and potential for commercialization. Funds are not to be used for basic research but to validate the technology through the achievement of technical milestones that will result in a stronger, more commercializable technology. Each campus will have a pitch competition organized by their campus research office. The top applicants from each campus will go on to compete at the UMS System pitch competition. Total Phase I funding available is $500,000. The UM Office of Academic Affairs will award funding up to $50,000 per proposal.

WHO: All UM faculty are eligible to apply.
MORE INFO: For more information, click HERE or contact Tamara Wilgers.
SUBMIT A PROPOSAL: For information on the FastTrack program submission process, click HERE.

Deadlines and Dates
Application Period Opens: Jan. 15, 2015
Applications Due to Tamara Wilgers by March 6, 2015
Campus Pitches Completed by April 6, 2015
UM System Pitches: May 6, 2015
Awards Made: May 22, 2015

PHASE II FUNDING

FastTrack Phase II funding provides follow-on funding for continued product development, contingent upon successful achievements in Phase I. Funding under Phase II will be open to past recipients of a FastTrack award who successfully accomplished the project objectives and can demonstrate a strong commercial potential for the technology if all the Phase II objectives are met. Total Phase II funding available is $300,000. The UM Office of Academic Affairs will award up to $50,000 per proposal.

WHO: Past recipients of a FastTrack award who successfully accomplished the project objectives and can demonstrate a strong commercial potential for the technology if all the Phase II objectives are met
MORE INFO: For more information, click HERE or contact Tamara Wilgers.
SUBMIT A PROPOSAL: For information on the FastTrack program submission process, click HERE.

Deadlines and Dates
Application Period Opens: Aug. 3, 2015
Applications Due to Tamara Wilgers by Oct. 15, 2015
UM System Pitches: Dec. 18, 2015
Awards Made: Dec. 28, 2015

IDIC Program

UM Interdisciplinary Intercampus (IDIC) Research Program

The Interdisciplinary Intercampus (IDIC) Research Program is intended to increase interdisciplinary, intercampus research collaborations to leverage the intellectual capital and resources at the four University of Missouri System campuses. Proposals must involve faculty from at least two UM campuses and from at least two different disciplines. Each campus may request up to $50,000 in a proposal; therefore, the maximum funding requested will be $200,000 if all four campuses are collaborating in a proposed study. Faculty may use their networks to identify collaborators on and this program is limited only to the four University of Missouri campuses.

All tenured/tenure-track Faculty and full-time Ranked, Non-tenure-track Research Faculty are invited to submit short proposals requesting funding to seed the development of:proposals to be submitted to federal agencies for establishing centers, such as the NSF Science and Technology Center; High impact research with a higher priority for research clusters to address the current 21st Century Grand Challenges; or other high impact research addressing significant national problems/priorities.

Deadlines and Dates
Competition opens: Feb. 2, 2015
Proposals due: May 1, 2015

To submit a proposal, click HERE. Signoff Form (UMSL)

Click HERE for more information on IDIC or contact:
Ashley Wilson
Funding Programs Assistant
University of Missouri System
(573) 882-1714
wilsonak@umsystem.edu

UMSL Research Award

These awards strengthen faculty research and creative activities. A significant portion of the funds available for faculty research support is based on facilities and administration cost recovery from externally funded grants and contracts. In order to perpetuate the fund, one purpose of the Research Awards is to support faculty whose competitive position for external funding will be improved by such assistance. Awards also are given to help faculty in all disciplines maintain an active research program, even if external funding is difficult to obtain. Special consideration, particularly for summer research support, will be given to junior faculty to assist them in establishing a strong research record.

Next Proposal Deadline: To Be Announced
Guidelines
  |  Application Form

UMSL Junior Faculty Travel Grants

Junior Faculty Travel Grants are open to full-time, untenured tenure-track faculty. Awards up to $1,000 are given for expenses to attend professional conferences at which the applicant will be making a presentation.

Next Deadline: To Be Announced
Guidelines