Read about UMSL's latest research & commercialization news.
Read about UMSL's latest research & commercialization news.
External Awards, Monthly Report: April 2020
External Awards, Annual Report to Date: FY20
External Awards, Annual Report: FY19

Join the COVID-19 Conversation


The Office of Research Administration invites faculty from across disciplines to join the conversation on how COVID-19 is affecting communities, to explore collaborative research opportunities that can make a difference, and take advantage of emerging COVID-19 funding opportunities. Conversations start at 9:00 A.M. on Fridays throughout the month of June. Watch for weekly announcements from Marketing and Communications which contain information to join the conversation or contact Cynthia Jobe at
For more information, download the event flyer

Early Career Opportunities

Are you early in your research and academic career? Are you looking for a way to build a stronger funding and research profile? Early Career funding opportunities are fantastic ways to not just enhance and build a strong career in research but to fund the valuable work that you are doing in your field. Early Career opportunities are highly prestigious, can help to establish a researcher within their field, and provide a springboard to further funding and development opportunities. Summer is a great time to work on Career proposals or prepare for a future Career proposal. The ORA team is ready to assist you in putting those proposals together. See some of the available Early Career funding opportunities below and visit the Research Development webpage for a listing of further Career opportunities. Please be in touch with the ORA team if you are interested in pursuing any of these opportunities.
Make sure you've opted into Research Enabled so you can connect with industry-sponsored research opportunities in your areas of interest. Just sign in with your SSO ID at to claim your profile and set your preferences.
Research Enabled is a partnership between the UM and SIU systems, companies and organizations in an effort to match industry research, contracting and collaboration needs with university expertise.
For more information, contact Jay De Long, director, at
Research Enabled is a collaborative initiative (led by UMSL) among the University of Missouri System, Southern Illinois University System, and community and industry partners. Research Enabled project is sponsored in part by the Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration (award #ED19HDQ0200011).

Coming Soon! New IRB Submission System

The UMSL Institutional Review Board (IRB) will be moving to a new online submission system for IRB applications. Stay tuned for more information about the transition in the coming months.

Deadline to Use New NSF Biosketch Requirements Extended

On June 1, 2020, the National Science Foundation (NSF) will implement the Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 20-1) for proposals submitted or due on or after this date. The revised PAPPG implements a variety of changes and clarifications, the highest profile of which requires use of an NSF-approved format for the preparation of the biographical sketch and current and pending support.
The NSF has also delayed the requirement to use NSF-approved formats for the biographical sketch and current and pending support sections of NSF proposals until Oct. 5, 2020. The NSF encourages the community to use these formats and continue to provide valuable feedback as we enhance them for future implementation. 
The NSF has made updates reflecting this implementation to the following policy guidance, websites and frequently asked questions:
Webinars covering the use of NSF-approved formats as well as all of the significant changes to the PAPPG are available on the NSF Policy Outreach website.


The Office of Research Administration (ORA) strives 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 the ORA (341 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!
Sponsored Projects at UMSL
The Office of Research Administration (ORA) administers 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
For assistance with funding opportunities and grant writing, contact Cynthia Jobe (, 516-5674). To find your pre- and post-award accountant, download the ORA Staff Responsibilities PDF. 
Visit the ORA web site for more information on "Proposals, Grants and Contracts" and "Compliance." Feel free to stop by the office at 341 Woods Hall anytime to meet the staff.
Technology Transfer at UMSL
The Technology Transfer Office (TTO) at UMSL, which is part of the ORA, is here to assist faculty in bringing their research discoveries and inventions, including copyrightable works such as software, 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
UMSL's TTO 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 the TTO web site for more information or to disclose an invention. Feel free to come see us at 346 Woods Hall. Email: