Read about UMSL's latest research & commercialization news.
Read about UMSL's latest research & commercialization news.

Early Career Research Symposium

There's still time to register! Plan to join us for the virtual 3rd Annual Early Career Research Symposium! Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. See More Information in the newsletter below, or Register to Attend now.
External Awards, Monthly Report: August 2020
External Awards, Annual Report FY21 to date

UMSL Junior Faculty Travel Grants, Fall 2020

The Junior Faculty Travel Grant competition, open to full-time, untenured, tenure-track faculty members, is designed to strengthen faculty research and creative activities. Up to $1,000 can be awarded for expenses to attend a professional conference. Applications for conference travel between 1/1/2021 and 12/31/2021 will be considered in this round.
Deadline: Oct. 12, 2020 (5pm)  |  Guidelines  |  Online Application

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 as a vehicle for student support. Award amount: $1,000 to $12,500  |  Deadline: Feb. 16, 2021 (5pm). |  Guidelines  |  Form


The Midwest Biomedical Accelerator Consortium (MBArC), an NIH Research Evaluation and Commercialization Hub (REACH), is a partnership program between NIH and funded institutions (led by the University of Missouri), aimed at accelerating the transition of discoveries originating from academic research into products that improve health. MBArC bridges the gap between academic research and industry by providing funding, training and resources to translational researchers to perform experiments and generate data that will attract funding from investors and strategic partners to continue commercialization of the technology. This special RADx-rad biosensing initiative aims to support translation of technologies for screening, diagnosis and monitoring of COVID-19 by incubating promising early stage MBArC projects. Please see the call for proposals for more information. To start your application process, request a meeting with MBArC Lead Program Manager Jaya Ghosh (email:; phone: 573-882-0522) to discuss next steps in submitting a proposal.

UMSL Global International Fellowship Program

UMSL Global is pleased to announce the relaunch 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 Due: Nov. 2, 2020.

NEH Collaborative Research

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Division of Research Programs is accepting applications for the Collaborative Research program. The purpose of this program is to support groups of two or more scholars seeking to increase humanistic knowledge through convenings, research, manuscript preparation for collaborative publications, and the creation of scholarly digital projects. The collaborative work can take place within a single field of study or across disciplines. Partnerships with researchers from the natural and social sciences are encouraged, but all collaborative projects must address significant humanities questions. Applications Due: Dec. 2, 2020. 

NIH COVID-19 Community Interventions 

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for Community Interventions to Address the Consequences of the COVID-19 Pandemic Among Health Disparity and Vulnerable Populations (R01) encourages applications to implement and evaluate community interventions testing 1) the impacts of mitigation strategies to prevent COVID-19 transmission in NIH-designated health disparity populations and other vulnerable groups; and 2) already implemented, new, or adapted interventions to address the adverse psychosocial, behavioral, and socioeconomic consequences of the pandemic on the health of these groups. Applications Due: Dec. 1, 2020. 

NIH Loan Repayment Program

The NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs) are a set of programs established by Congress and designed to recruit and retain highly qualified health professionals into biomedical or biobehavioral research careers. The escalating costs of advanced education and training in medicine and clinical specialties are forcing some scientists to abandon their research careers for higher-paying private industry or private practice careers.
The LRPs counteract that financial pressure by repaying up to $50,000 annually of a researcher's qualified educational debt in return for a commitment to engage in NIH mission-relevant research. Since tomorrow's medical breakthroughs will be made by investigators starting in their research careers today, the LRPs represent an important investment by NIH in the future of health discovery and the well-being of the nation. Applications Due: Nov. 20, 2020.

UMSL Inventor Receives NIH MBArC Funding to Accelerate R&D

Dr. George Gokel, distinguished professor of science, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, received a $200,000 award for "Non-resistant antimicrobial therapy: treating superbugs causing nosocomial pneumonia" through the Midwest Biomedical Accelerator Consortium (MBArC) to accelerate development and bring to market his lab's technology that enhances the efficacy of antibiotics.
With this technology, the Gokel lab will first target hospital or ventilator acquired pneumonia (HAP/VAP) that has a mortality rate of 50%. The broad emergence of antibiotic resistance in bacteria and a diminishing antibiotic pipeline have resulted in a public health crisis globally. The new class of proprietary molecules act as antibiotic adjuvants that show selectivity to bacteria, inhibit critical antibiotic resistance mechanisms, and decrease the chance of resistance development by bacteria. The use of combination antibiotics is on the rise, and this platform technology represents a new mechanism to develop a pipeline of combination antibiotics that evade resistance development. The technology is protected by two issued patents (U.S. Patent Nos. 10,463,044 and 10,548,319), along with one allowed and one pending patent applications. 
Applicants for funding from MBArC first must be accepted into and complete an entrepreneurship bootcamp designed to help teams better position their final pitch for funding. Two teams from UMSL were accepted into the 2020 bootcamp.
About MBArC
The Midwest Biomedical Accelerator Consortium (MBArC), an NIH Research Evaluation and Commercialization Hub (REACH), is a partnership program between NIH and funded institutions (led by the University of Missouri), aimed at accelerating the transition of discoveries originating from academic research into products that improve health. MBArC bridges the gap between academic research and industry by providing funding, training and resources to translational researchers to perform experiments and generate data that will attract funding from investors and strategic partners to continue commercialization of the technology.
Gokel lab co-inventors from left: Michael Gokel, Dr. Saeedeh Negin, Dr. George Gokel, Dr. Mohit Patel, shown at the 2018 UMSL Research & Innovation reception at which Dr. Gokel was awarded the 2018 UMSL Inventor of the Year award. 

Join the UMSL Global Faculty Abassador Network

UMSL Global is Looking for UMSL’s international and internationally-minded faculty members to establish the UMSL Global Faculty Ambassador Network.
You are invited to join if you are an UMSL faculty member who:
  • is engaged in international research or teaching;
  • would like to be more globally engaged;
  • have an international background; and/or
  • share our passion to further internationalize UMSL together!
Our first meeting will be held via Zoom:
Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020 from 3–4pm
Zoom meeting information will be provided.
Register by e-mailing by Oct. 5, 2020 with your name and title.
About the Network: The mission of the UMSL Global Faculty Ambassador Network is to help structure our campus internationalization efforts and to provide a platform for faculty to exercise team spirit and to find a safe sounding board for your great ideas and aspirations.

NSF Updates

Effective October 5, 2020, the National Science Foundation (NSF) will begin enforcing the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 20-1) requirement to use NSF-approved formats for the preparation of the Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support proposal documents. The NSF-approved formats are SciENcv: Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae and an NSF fillable PDF.
All other PAPPG (NSF 20-1) changes were effective on June 1, 2020. Please refer to the complete list of PAPPG (NSF 20-1) significant changes and clarifications which include the IT system changes and other policy-related changes. A set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on proposal preparation and award administration related to NSF PAPPG (NSF 20-1) is also available and includes Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support information. 

The 3rd Annual Early Career Research Symposium is virtual! Mark your calendar for Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, from 2 – 3:30 p.m. This event will showcase the research of UMSL early career faculty and provide opportunities for networking and collaboration. (see Symposium Topics & Presenters)
Presenters have 3 minutes to highlight their work. After the talks, attendees can grab their favorite food or beverage and join breakout-room conversations with colleagues from across campus. New this year: two presenters will be awarded a $500 cash prize – one for "Best Slides" and one for "Best Talk." The event will also feature a mini trivia break to test UMSL research knowledge.
Please join us to support our junior faculty and learn about some amazing research going on at UMSL. For questions about the event, please contact Cynthia Jobe (


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 IP Management & Commercialization (IPMC) office, also know as "Technology Transfer," 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: