Funding opps, awards, and recent news about UMSL researchers & innovators..
Funding opps, awards, and recent news about UMSL researchers & innovators..
External Awards, Monthly Report: Nov. 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

Research Enabled RFP:

Material for Lateral Flow Membrane  

A global supplier of research materials for applications in laboratories and industry (biosciences, biopharma, food, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, etc.), is searching for a synthetic membrane for lateral flow tests that can help expand the current global supply at a low cost.
Who should apply? This RFP is suited for, but not limited to, researchers with the following expertise: engineering (biomedical, chemical, general, materials); materials science; chemistry; environmental sciences.
Proposal Deadline: 02/28/2021
For more information and to submit a proposal:, or search current opportunities on for opportunity ID #C49750.
If you are not yet signed up on Research Enabled, log on using your university SSO ID and set your research interests and communications preferences. 
If you need assistance on the portal, contact Tomy Ames (  

Student Opportunities:

Two Graduate Assistant Positions Available

Marketing and Communications Graduate Assistants Needed to Help Advance the Just-Launched Research Enabled Portal

If you are an UMSL graduate student with an interest in helping build a new federally funded, collaborative initiative designed to bring companies with research needs and university expertise together to develop new products and solve challenges across all disciplines and industries, this might be for you!
The Office of Research and Community & Economic Development is looking for two Graduate Assistants to help develop and implement marketing and communications strategies including online and social media campaigns to engage researchers across the University of Missouri and Southern Illinois University systems and bring on new industry partners to use the portal. Earn some extra money and get nine graduate-level credit hours of tuition per semester (six hours in the summer).  

Upcoming "Research Pathways" Series Event

Join us for this free virtual event to explore industry needs, university expertise, and possible collaborations in fermentation research. This event is hosted by Research Enabled, an UMSL initiative in collaboration with the UM and SIU systems.
Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, 1:15 p.m., Online Event
Marie Kenney, Senior Grant Writer

ORECD Welcomes New Grant Writer

The Office of Research and Economic & Community Development (ORECD) welcomes Marie Kenney as Senior Grant Writer. In addition to strong writing skills, Marie brings extensive knowledge of UMSL and strong faculty and campus relationships to this role, having served as an advancement officer in Alumni Engagement since 2018. She also brings prior experience in the UMSL Graduate School, where she worked with faculty as well as current and prospective students. Marie is a proud UMSL alumna with an MFA in Creative Writing and a BA in English. Marie is passionate about literature, social justice, and needlecraft. Please join us in welcoming Marie to the ORECD.
Marie will support investigator-initiated proposals with services including identification of funding opportunities, proposal planning, development, review, and editing. She can be reached at or (314) 516-4727.


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 "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: