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Internal Funding Opportunities

internal funding opportunities for research and commercialization activities

UM FastTrack Funding (program on hold)

FastTrack 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.

FastTrack 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.

AMOUNT: Up to $50,000 

Applications Due to Tamara Wilgers: deadline to be announced.
Note: The FastTrack program is on hold.

FastTrack Web Site  |  Email for More Info

UMSL Junior Faculty Travel Grants 

AMOUNT: Up to $1,000 for expenses to attend professional conferences at which the applicant will be making a presentation.

Applications Due: Oct. 15, 2018


UMSL Research Awards

Designed to strengthen faculty research and creative activities. A significant portion of the funds available for faculty research support is based on F&A 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, is given to junior faculty to assist them in establishing a strong research record.

AMOUNT: $1,000 – $12,500

Applications Due: to be announced for spring 2019

Guidelines  |  Application Form  |   Previous Winners

UM Research Board Award Funding

The University of Missouri System Research Board is dedicated to supporting meritorious research projects in order to enhance the long-term quality and quantity of scholarships available to our University community. In support of this goal, the Research Board is targeting strategic research priorities and accepting research proposals in the areas of Humanities and Fine Arts, as well as Social and Behavioral Sciences. We encourage eligible faculty members to submit proposals, so together we can advance research and academic excellence.

Who is eligible to apply?

Tenured or tenure-track faculty members system-wide are eligible to apply as primary applicants. Ranked, non-tenure track faculty whose eligibility has been approved previously by the Research Board may also apply.

How do I apply?

Use the Research Board's online application system to submit your proposal.
Please note, only applications for the categories of Humanities and Fine Arts and Social and Behavioral Sciences will be accepted. Other applications received will not be considered at this time.

AMOUNT: $3,000 to $75,000 for individual or collaborative projects

Applications Due: The October 2018 competition deadline has been extended to NOVEMBER 13, 2018; Feb. 12, 2019

General Information & Guidelines  |  Signoff Form  |  Previous Winners

UM Spinal Cord Injury/Disease Research Program

New information and guidelines effective August 30, 2017.

The Missouri SCIDRP ( will be considering new or revised proposals starting with a December 1, 2017 deadline.  Several of the guidelines for submission of SCIDRP grants have changed, and so please carefully read the instructions before submitting a grant.

General types of spinal cord research supported by the SCIDRP:

  • studies of spinal cord injuries resulting from trauma
  • research focusing on congenital, inherited, or acquired spinal cord diseases, such as Friedreich's ataxia, multiple sclerosis (MS), poliomyelitis, ALS, SMA, spinal stenosis, cervical spondylosis, spina bifida, scoliosis, Cobb syndrome, spinal AVMs, tumors and others.

Such research may focus on injury or disease mechanisms; injury or disease prevention; imaging technology; pharmacological, surgical or gene therapy; physical, occupational or vocational rehabilitation; clinical features (e.g. paralysis, loss of sensation, spasticity, autonomic dysfunction, pain, etc.); comorbidities (e.g. metabolic syndrome, sleep disorders); bioengineering approaches (e.g. BMI, biomaterials, etc.); and other scientific paradigms. Besides studies with humans, test subjects in past proposals have included mammals, lower vertebrates, invertebrates, and cell culture systems.

AMOUNT: One- or two-year grants for up to $125,000 per year to investigate various aspects of spinal cord injuries and/or spinal cord diseases.

Applications Due: July 1 and December 1
Award Notification: After 2-3 month review

SCIRDP Web Site Email for More Info