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Promote research, scholarship and creative work that generates new knowledge to address pressing societal issues. Support scholarly work that fosters innovation, entrepreneurship, and economic development for the St. Louis region and beyond.

Goal 1

Strengthen research capacity, support, and infrastructure to enhance UMSL’s reputation as a premier, public research university and support for students to participate in mentored research.


  • Expansion of pre and post award services for consistency with other campuses – to reduce grant submission and post award bottlenecks.
  • Increase external grant expenditures by 5%/yr. from $43,116,366 to $55,028,622.
  • Increase the number of journal articles and citations by 5 %/yr.
  • Increase the number of juried performances and national faculty awards by 2.5%/yr.

Goal 2

Foster and support multidisciplinary research and creative activity to tackle big societal problems facing our region, nation and world through a grand challenges initiative that identifies 3-4 strategic research priorities for which UMSL will be known.


  • Developing capabilities to reshore Advanced Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API).
  • Partnering with SLU in leading the research focus in advanced manufacturing at AMICSTL.
  • UMSL Innovation Labs (developed to increase applied, translational, multi-disciplinary research and invention to address significant problems, first on supply chain challenges, next is being planned with potential focuses in AI or Climate Resilience)

Goal 3

Continue to grow and showcase UMSL as a national model for community-engaged and place-based research and creative activities.


  • Continue to promote and showcase community engaged scholarship through research workshop series touching upon our current strengths in urban problems, opioid work, crime trends/policies, ecology, literacy, mental health.
  • Increase faculty engagement in the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities.

Goal 4

Enhance and optimize university-level processes and procedures to make the creation of new knowledge and creative works easier.


  • Explore grant software platforms to streamline grant submissions, reporting, funding announcements, and administration of internal funding competitions.
  • Hold a faculty (with ORECD and related units) retreat to develop a shared roadmap for growing research priorities, identifying existing and needed expertise, existing and needed partners, funding opportunities etc.

Goal 5

Grow and strengthen the infrastructure, capacity, culture and understanding of research translation on campus to bring to market UMSL innovations, research outcomes and creative works for transformative societal and economic impact.


  • Expansion of faculty outreach and training (in-person, departmental, online CITI training, etc.) to highest level possible at current staffing level.
  • Investment in industry engagement tool (First Ignite) to identify potential commercial partners, including a filter for UMSL alumni, not only to fund applied research and bring discoveries and creative works to market, but to partner across all University needs.
  • UMSL Wall of Innovation (SLB Lobby, patent plaques) for recognition of faculty researchers and development of innovation culture on campus.
  • Work with UMSL Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center and other campus stakeholders to determine ways to better align translational and entrepreneurial efforts across campus, to enhance IP and entrepreneurship training across campus, and to explore experiential Increased number of research and development collaborations with industry.
  • Increased number and diversity of UMSL researchers engaged in commercialization.

Goal 6

Strengthen local, regional, and national partnerships to develop responsive use-inspired research and innovations to address a range of societal, health and business and industry challenges in support of new knowledge creation.


  • Leverage anticipated growth of UMSL Innovations to bring in community and industry partners early in the research and innovation process.
  • Increase collaboration across research, commercialization, development, and alumni offices to better leverage resources to facilitate more industry partnerships and funding around applied research and development.