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

ANNOUNCEMENT: ORA Expands its Scope

We are now the "Office of Research and Economic & Community Development"

The expanded office structure now includes Economic & Community Development, the engagement and application of UMSL’s economic and human capital to positively impact the local and regional community and drive economic opportunity. Read More about the Economic & Community Development unit.
Major operating units within the office include Research Development; Sponsored Projects Administration; Intellectual Property (IP) Management & Commercialization; Research Compliance (including Conflict of Interest, the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee and the Institutional Review Board); Economic & Community Development; the Center for Neurodynamics; the Community Innovation & Action Center (CIAC); and the Missouri Institute of Mental Health (MIMH).
This newsletter will continue to mainly cover research at UMSL including research development, sponsored projects, technology commercialization, and research compliance. Other units and centers will continue to engage with the university and community through their own communication tools; however, we will occassionally highlight activities and accomplishments of those units in this newsletter as well.
We are currently updating our website to make sure you have access to the tools and information you need across all of the ORECD units and centers. Links to the old website from across UMSL may be affected -- please contact Tamara Wilgers ( if you need assistance re-establishing links from your unit's site or if you find any broken links on our site. 
Please note: the general email for the research and commercialization units will remain  
Download the new Office of Research and Economic & Community Development Organizational Chart.
PDF of New Organizational Chart
External Awards, Monthly Report: July 2020
External Awards, Annual Report FY20
External Awards, Annual Report: FY19

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: Monday, Oct. 12, 2020 (5:00 p.m.).  |  Guidelines  |  Online Application


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 attached 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.

National Endowment for the Humanities

NEH’s Humanities Connections program is intended to expand the role of the humanities in undergraduate education at two- and four-year institutions. This program fosters productive collaboration between humanities scholars and natural and social scientists across departments, colleges, and institutions. Awards support innovative curricular approaches that foster productive partnerships among humanities faculty and their counterparts in the social and natural sciences and in pre-service or professional programs (e.g. business, engineering, health sciences, law, computer science, and other technology-driven fields), in order to encourage and develop new integrative learning opportunities for students. Humanities Connections projects have four core features:
  • substantive and purposeful integration of the subject matter, perspectives, and pedagogical approaches of two or more disciplines (with a minimum of one in and one outside of the humanities)
  • collaboration between faculty from two or more separate departments or schools at one or more institutions
  • experiential learning as an intrinsic part of the curricular plan
  • long-term institutional support for the proposed curriculum innovation(s)

Schmidt Futures

Schmidt Futures’ Futures Forum on Learning: Tools Competition is a COVID-19 oriented opportunity for teachers, students, researchers, technologists, and ed tech leaders to propose and develop tools and technology to accelerate the recovery of learning loss during the pandemic. This opportunity focuses on the need for effective learning tools “to drive tight feedback loops and continuous improvements in how that learning is delivered in online and blended settings.” It is a phased competition with Phase 1 consisting of a one-page concept paper. Phase 2 consists of invited full proposals. The third phase has select finalists from Phase 2 pitching their concept to a panel of judges. To encourage new entrants and established platforms, participants can request an award in one of three tracks ($25,000 and under; $25,000 – $100,000; $100,000 – $250,000) based on the applicant’s existing user base and technical infrastructure. The organizers will award up to $2 million in grants.
  • Phase 1 deadline: 09/18/2020
  • Phase 2 deadline: 10/26/2020
  • Phase 3 deadline: mid-November 2020

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation

The annual Guggenheim Fellowship Program supports exceptional scholars and artists across the United States with goal of adding “to the educational, literary, artistic, and scientific power of this country, and also to provide for the cause of better international understanding.” Fellowships are awarded for a minimum of six months and a maximum of twelve months, with the goal of providing recipients with blocks of time in which they can work with as much creative freedom as possible. The fellowship is open to writers, scholars, or scientists with a significant record of publication, and artists, playwrights, filmmakers, photographers, composers, and others with a significant record of exhibition or performance of their work. Deadline: 09/17/2020

Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) Workshop Series

Fall 2020, 9–10:30 a.m. (online)
Comprised of four parts, This four-part workshop series is designed to provide information and training in community-based participatory research to enhance research partnerships that address community issues. This series aims to build the capacity of researchers and community stakeholders to create and maintain long-term, collaborative community partnerships in the St. Louis region. Sessions 1 and 2 are required in order to attend sessions 3 and 4, which are limited to 20 faculty spots. Community partners are welcome to attend all sessions.  Workshop sessions will be held virtually from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and cover the following topics:
  • Session 1: Friday, Sept. 2. Academic Research in the Context of Race and Community in St. Louis
  • Session 2: Friday, Oct. 2. Basics of Community-Based Participatory Research
  • Session 3: Friday, Oct. 16. Trust Building
  • Session 4: Friday, Oct. 30. Partnership Connections
  • A subsequent session will be offered in November to provide information on community-focused and -driven grant opportunities to support faculty research interests.

Important Notice: NIMH Resource Sharing Plans

In response to inconsistent usage and development of Resource Sharing Plans, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) has re-issued NOT-MH-19-033, reiterating the importance and standards for Resource Sharing Plans in all proposals submitted after Jan. 1, 2020. Resource Sharing Plans should have a robust discussion of the proposal’s plan for both managing and making research information readily available to the scientific research community to accelerate research discoveries.

NIMH encourages investigators to consider Resource Sharing Plans as integral pieces of the research process and to give these plans a thoughtful and robust development in the context of the proposed research. Please visit the resources outlined below when developing a proposal to NIMH to assist in creating a strong Resource Sharing Plan.

NIH Virtual Seminar 2020

With the COVID-19 pandemic disrupting programs and planning, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has moved to hold a virtual grants seminar this fall about NIH processes, requirements, and program areas of interest. The four-day seminar designed for both grant administrators and researchers will be held Oct. 27-30 and will include live and on-demand video sessions, live chats, downloadable resources. Free to attend. Registration information will be available on the seminar website on Sept. 4.

NSF PAPPG: Some Key Changes

The National Science Foundation (NSF) implemented a number of changes with PAPPG 20-1 that went into effect for all proposals submitted after June 20, 2020. A full listing of changes can be found in the PAPPG. Below are two of the significant changes for proposal development:
  • The PAPPG no longer requires the specific Intellectual Merit heading in the Project Description. Intellectual Merit is still one of the Merit Review Criteria and is still a required heading in the Project Summary but the heading itself is no longer required in the Project Description.
  • Biographical Sketches and Current and Pending Support documents are now required to use an NSF-approved format. This format requirement is supported by the use of ScienCV. NSF has provided useful support information and guidance for the use of ScienCV. NSF changed implementation of this requirement to be effective for proposals submitted on or after Oct. 5, 2020.

Early Career Research Symposium

UMSL Qualitative Workshop Series

Fall 2020 Schedule:

Date, Speaker, Topic
  • 9/4/20: Mark Kasen, PhD Candidate, Educational Psychology
    Impact of Civics Education on Inner City Student Learning Motivatio
  • 10/2/20: Dawn Thieman, EdD Candidate
    Using Qualitative Research: Guided Online Coaching for Teachers of ELs in a TESOL Practicum Cours
  • 11/6/20: David Schalliol, Associate Professor of Sociology, St. Olaf College
    That photo can be data too: practicing visual and public sociology
  • 12/4: tbd
1st Friday of each month, 10am–noon  |  Zoom ID: 463-660-8088  |  More Info: Florian Sichling


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!
Sponsored Projects at UMSL
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- and post-award accountant, download the ORA Staff Responsibilities chart. 
The IP Management & Commercialization (IPMC) unit at UMSL 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
IP Management & Commercialization (technology 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: