Find out who won the 2020 Research Symposium awards, and much more!
Find out who won the 2020 Research Symposium awards, and much more!
External Awards, Monthly Report: September 2020
External Awards, Annual Report FY21 to date

UMSL Research Awards

The UMSL Research Awards are designed to strengthen faculty research and creative activities. Awards also are given to help faculty in all disciplines maintain an active research program, even if external funding is difficult to obtain. Awards are intended to promote research innovation and the long-term success of an applicant’s program rather than be a vehicle for student support. Award amount: $1,000 to $12,500  |  Deadline: Feb. 16, 2021 (5pm). |  Guidelines  |  Form


$1M to Bring Biomedical Innovations to Market



The Midwest Biomedical Accelerator Consortium (MBArC), an NIH Research Evaluation and Commercialization Hub (REACH), a partnership led by the NIH, the University of Missouri and the University of Kansas Medical Center, is aimed at accelerating the translation of discoveries originating from academic research into products that improve health. MBArC bridges the gap between academic research and industry by providing proof-of-concept funding and training to researchers to perform experiments and generate data that can attract follow-on funding from federal sources, investors and strategic partners to continue commercialization of the technology.
Download the Call for LOIs, which are due Dec. 21, 2020, for more details.
All technologies with the potential to directly impact human health are considered (i.e., Therapeutic, Diagnostic, Device, Tool and Software) for funding. Join us at either of these information sessions to learn more
> ZOOM INFORMATION SESSION 1 [RSVP] | Monday, Nov. 9, 12:30-1:15 p
> ZOOM INFORMATION SESSION 2 [RSVP] | Friday, Nov. 13, 1:00-1:45 pm
Contact the Midwest Biomedical Accelerator Consortium (MBArC) Program Office: Jaya Ghosh (email:, phone: 573-882-0522).

Application Deadline for UMSL Global International Fellowship Program Extended to Dec. 1

UMSL Global is pleased to announce the re-launch of the International Fellowship Program. Supporting the international research efforts of our talented UMSL faculty members is a central mission of UMSL Global. The 2020 International Fellowship program is designed to strengthen UMSL’s international efforts by supporting international collaborative research and creative outputs through a one-time fellowship award of up to $5,000. The program aims to benefit all faculty engaging in or presenting research/creative outputs that are international in scope and who may need to supplement their funding. More Information on How to Apply (click on the 2020 International Fellowship Application tab).  Applications Now Due: Dec 1, 2020.

Stevens Initiative

The Stevens Initiative is an international effort to build global competence and career readiness skills for young people in the United States and the Middle East and North Africa by growing and enhancing the field of virtual exchange. Created in 2015, the Initiative is committed to helping to expand the virtual exchange field through three pillars of work: investing in promising programs, sharing knowledge and resources, and advocating for virtual exchange adoption.
With this call for proposals, the Initiative is beginning to support additional research projects to fill other gaps in knowledge. Stevens Initiative research priorities include:
  • Dosage: This priority tries to understand whether and how differences in the amounts of time spent on exchange activities, or overall program duration, change the effect of a VE program.
  • Virtual Exchange at the K-12 level: This priority indicates the importance of learning more about the effects of VE participation for young people at this age/education level.
  • Synchronous and asynchronous communication differences: This priority will explore the effect of using different virtual communication types in a VE program – asynchronous communication activities and synchronous communication activities – to understand how participant outcomes may differ.
  • Effective scaling of programs: This priority will explore the conditions or actions that are necessary for institutions to scale existing virtual exchanges as a part of their international learning offerings, particularly at the K-12 level.
  • Accessibility for underrepresented populations: This priority will explore the effect VE participation can have on people from populations that are traditionally underrepresented in international learning, and how programs and policies can be designed and conducted to increase access to VE programs and maximize positive effects for those populations.
  • Effect of virtual exchange on student outcomes and success: This priority will explore the effect of virtual exchange on student outcomes and success.
More information about the Stevens Initiative can be found at
Proposal Timeline:
  • Proposal Submission Deadline: Dec.7, 2020
  • Proposal Review: Dec. 8 – 15, 2020
  • Notification of Acceptance – Dec. 16, 2020
To Apply
Proposals are accepted only through the Survey Monkey Apply application platform at

Virtual Early Career Research Symposium a Huge Success

The 3rd Annual Early Career Research Symposium successfully was held virtually on Friday, Oct. 9. Two new prizes were awarded this year — $500 for "Best Slides" and $500 for "Best Talk."
Jennifer Bumble, assistant professor in the College of Education, won the Best Slides award for her talk on “Collaborative Practices of Secondary Special Educators”. Marisa Omori, assistant professor of criminology, earned the Best Talk award for her presentation, “Incubating inequality: How is Incarceration Linked to Racial Inequality in COVID?”.
Chancellor Sobolik greeted the audience and Vice Chancellor Chris Spilling moderated the event, which included presentations from 12 junior faculty followed by breakout rooms to promote collaboration.
More than 60 people participated in the event with presentation topics ranging from treatments and rehabilitation approaches in addiction to PTSD, breast cancer survival, and new advances in cloud computing.
Jennifer Bumble, assistant professor of educator preparation and leadership in the College of Education, won the "Best Slides" award at the 2020 virtual Early Career Research Symposium.
Marisa Omori, assistant professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, won the "Best Talk" award at the 2020 virtual Early Career Research Symposium.

NIH Releases New Policy for Data Management and Sharing

The just-released Final Policy, which guides responsible data management, applies to all research funded or conducted by NIH that results in the generation of scientific data. The Final Policy has two main requirements (1) the submission of a Data Management and Sharing Plan (Plan); and (2) compliance with the approved Plan. The NIH is asking for Plans at the time of submission of the application because planning and budgeting for data management and sharing needs to occur hand-in-hand with planning the research itself. > Read More

NSF Demo Site for Proposal Preparation Now Available

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has launched the proposal preparation demonstration site. The new demo site offers proposers the opportunity to create proposals in with the role of a Principal Investigator (PI) prior to preparing and submitting proposals in the actual Proposal Submission System. We invite you to try the proposal preparation features on the new demo site, such as:
  • Initiating Research proposals (other proposal types will be added to the demo site as they are enabled in the actual system):
  • Single submissions from one organization
  • Collaborative proposals with subawards
  • Separately submitted collaborative proposals from multiple organizations
  • Adding co-PIs, Senior Personnel, and Other Authorized Users (OAUs)
  • Uploading required and optional proposal documents
  • Creating budgets
  • Checking proposal compliance
  • Adding subawards
  • Linking collaborative proposals
  • Enabling Sponsored Project Officer (SPO)/Authorized Organizational Representative (AOR) access
For more details, please see the demo site Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) available via the About Proposal Preparation and Submission page left navigation menu. A set of topic-specific video tutorials is also available.


The Office of Research and Economic & Community Development research units strive to enhance the campus research enterprise, from maintaining an investigator-focused infrastructure and streamlining research processes to facilitating and diversifying investigators' avenues for funding and commercializing research discoveries. Please feel free to stop by (341 and 346 Woods Hall) to find out more about how we can help you succeed. Or visit, email or call 314-516-5899. We look forward to hearing from you!
The Research Development, Sponsored Projects Administration (SPA), and Research Compliance units administer grants and contracts for sponsored research and other activities at UMSL. Staff can assist you with many aspects of both internal and external funding, including the following:
  • funding opportunity identification
  • grant writing
  • research compliance
  • pre-award budgeting and submission
  • post-award financials
  • project close-out
To find your pre- or post-award accountant, download the Staff Responsibilities chart.
The Office of IP Management & Commercialization, also know as "Technology Transfer" or "TTO," assists faculty in protecting and bringing their research discoveries and inventions, whether patentable or copyrightable, to market. 
So, why do universities engage in Technology Transfer? Watch this quick video by the Association of University Technology Managers:
Video: About Technology Transfer
Your tech transfer staff work to analyze the technology regarding intellectual property protection and the market need to determine whether patent applications should be filed and/or copyrights should be registered. For those inventions that can be protected (and even some that cannot), we then look for potential industry partners, which could include established companies and/or startup ventures, to license and commercialize the discovery.
We also process all Material Transfer Agreements (MTAs), Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs), and research-related fee-for-service agreements, among others, for UMSL. 
Please visit our website for more information or to disclose an invention. Feel free to come see us at 346 Woods Hall. Email: