We want to help you match your funding needs with the right resources! See the information below and also make sure to visit the Research Development Find Funding page for additional assistance, resources, and tools.

Your project concept has been developed, and you need funding. Leveraging the resources available to you through Grants.gov, various foundation and other non-federal funding sources, and the Office of Research and Economic & Community Development will help you determine:

  • Which sponsors fund work in your field or work similar to your proposed project; and
  • What type of projects such organizations are funding.

Make sure that your project concept aligns with the focus areas and requirements of the sponsors you target.

Contact Research Development staff for assistance identifying potential funding sources, designing your research program, and developing your proposal.

Also, make sure to opt into the ResearchEnabled.org portal to connect with industry-sponsored research opportunities across all disciplines and to be able to post your current projects that need industry funding for companies to see. The portal launches to industry in early 2020. Make sure you're engaged! Just log in with your SSO ID, claim your profile (most are pre-populated with Academic Analytics data), review and edit your information as necessary. 

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. 

UMSL Junior Faculty Travel Grants 

Amount: Up to $1,500 for expenses to attend professional conferences at which the applicant will be making a presentation.

Application Deadline: Friday, Oct. 13, 2023, 5:00 PM
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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: Friday, Feb. 17, 2023

Guidelines  |  Application Form  |   Previous Winners


UMSL Research & Creative Works Seed Grants Due March 15, 2024

UMSL Mid-Career Seed Grants provide funding to support research and creative endeavors that have high potential for scientific or societal impact. This funding aims to help mid-career faculty generate preliminary data in preparation for external applications and to stimulate multidisciplinary research toward solving big problems. Funding may also be used for training and related support to help mid-career faculty pivot to new areas of research and to support certain costs associated with approved sabbatical leave. Reach out to Cynthia Jobe at jobec@umsl.edu with questions or for more information.

Amount: Up to $25,000
Applications Due: March 15, 2024


UM Spinal Cord Injury/Disease Research Program

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

Research Enabled is designed to connect university researchers, experts, and resources to the challenges and needs of industry, no matter the company size or challenge. Our experts represent all fields and disciplines, from the sciences to business, the humanities and much more. The university also houses a massive array of equipment and facilities not always accessible to companies, whether due to cost or scheduling use. This portal easily connects companies with equipment and expertise for contract work. We are here to make it easy for both industry and academia to collaborate and leverage what both have to offer.

Research Enabled is a collaboration between the University of Missouri System with campuses in St. Louis, Kansas City, Rolla, and Columbia; and the Southern Illinois University System with campuses in Carbondale, Edwardsville, and Springfield. These two systems represent more than 4,000 researchers from across all disciplines. 

The portal is available to Research Enabled Industry Partners and researchers from the UM and SIU systems.

University researchers can log in and claim their profile using their SSO information. UM researcher profiles are pre-populated with information from Academic Analytics; just log in, set your preferences, upload any current research projects ready for industry funding, and get ready to receive industry research challenges targeted at your expertise and resources.

If you would like to become a Research Enabled industry partner, email or call Jay De Long (Jay@ResearchEnabled.org, 314-629-9265).

Research Enabled was developed by The Curators of the University of Missouri using Federal funds under award #ED19HDQ0200011 from the Economic Development Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. The statements, findings, conclusions, and recommendations are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Economic Development Administration or the U.S. Department of Commerce.