Funding opps, awards, and recent news about UMSL researchers & innovators
Funding opps, awards, and recent news about UMSL researchers & innovators
External Awards, Monthly Report: April 2021
External Awards, Annual Report: FY21 to date
April Regester, associate professor and director of faculty support & engagement, College of Education

Succeed and Beyond

The Impact of Inclusive Education

April Regester’s journey to associate professor in the College of Education’s Department of Educator Preparation and Leadership began with an inclusive high school education in California. Her secondary school employed a model that paired students with intellectual and developmental disabilities with students without disabilities. Regester was one of the students in this program. The experience was so impactful she went on to obtain her master’s and a doctorate in special education and spent a year in a post-doctoral fellowship at the Eli & Edythe L. Broad Asperger Research Center at the Koegel Autism Center.  
Regester’s research trajectory has shifted over the course of her career. It began with an emphasis on social supports and barriers for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities, specifically autism, at high schools and grade schools. Then adapted to focus on the impact peer support groups have on both students with disabilities and those without. In her experience, the benefits of mutual exchange are tremendous and long-lasting and provide positive outcomes for all involved.  
Her work and dedication have already left a mark at UMSL. In 2013, with a team of other UMSL and community collaborators, she helped found the Succeed program — a post-secondary program for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities who throughout the course of the two-year program earn a Chancellor’s Certificate. At the time of its creation, the program was only the second of its kind in Missouri and received funding from three regional boards. Within the program, Regester was able to apply her research and practices from her experience with K-12 students to those at the university level. Being able to focus on developing and instituting support and best practices for students with disabilities as they transition into college and as they exit has been very rewarding. It’s now an area of emphasis Regester has settled into for her long-term research goals.  
Equally yoked with that research is Regester’s goal to provide inclusive educational opportunities for teacher candidates. In the College of Education’s teacher preparation program, she researches and applies best practices in preparing future teachers, specifically when it comes to serving students with disabilities. But utilizing a unified program (versus a siloed one), most teacher candidates at UMSL learn how to best support students with disabilities. By giving teachers the tools and techniques they need to succeed, they in turn can ensure successful outcomes for every student, no matter their abilities.
You can find out more about Regester’s current funded work with the Department of Education here or contact her at

NIH Update

Changes to the Biographical Sketch & Other Support Format Page – Effective May 25, 2021 

This Guide Notice informs the extramural community that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has updated its application forms and instructions to support the need for applicants and recipients to provide full transparency and disclosure of all research activities, foreign and domestic
The updated forms and instructions will be required for use for applications and Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPR) submitted for due dates on or after May 25, 2021. 
During the transition to the new Biosketch format, NIH will not withdraw applications that include the previous Biosketch format. Beginning with applications submitted on or after January 25, 2022, failure to follow the appropriate Biosketch format may cause NIH to withdraw your application from consideration. 

The revisions serve as updates to the Biosketch and Other Support format page templates used as attachments in our current Forms-F application packages and RPPRs. The forms updates do not change the policies for Biosketch or Other Support. 
Complete details and more information can be found on the official notice page.   

Your Source for Industry-Sponsored Research and Collaborations 

Find industry research challenges in your areas of expertise and make sure to post your own projects and ideas on the portal as "investigator-initiated projects" (IIPs) for companies to review for potential collaborations. 
Contact Tomy Ames ( with questions.
Research Enabled is a collaboration between the University of Missouri and Southern Illinois University systems and is funded in part by a grant award from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration. 

Writing Winning NIH Grant Proposals: Sept. 10

The Office of Research, Economic and Community Development will sponsor an all-day workshop presented by Lauren Broyles, PhD, of Grant Writers’ Seminars and Workshops. The workshop will address the practical, conceptual, and rhetorical aspects of writing competitive grant proposals including:
  • Critical steps for organizing and planning your proposal (all of the things you need to do before you start writing a full proposal in order to have a competitive edge). 
  • Understanding the role (and mindset) of your reviewers.
  • Rhetorical strategy for writing a compelling "Specific Aims." 
We will hold two follow-up group sessions for registered participants for feedback from funded investigators on "Specific Aims" and "Research Plan" drafts. See the workshop flyer for more information and to register. This series is designed to support investigators throughout the process of submitting a full NIH proposal.


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 known as "Technology Transfer" or the "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 visit us at 346 Woods Hall. Email: