Funding opps, awards, and recent news about UMSL researchers & innovators
Funding opps, awards, and recent news about UMSL researchers & innovators
External Awards, Monthly Report: May 2021
External Awards, Annual Report: FY21 to date
Umit Tokac, assistant professor, College of Nursing

Dr. Umit Tocak: Using AI and Data Analysis to Improve the Lives of Veterans in the Region

When you hear that Umit Tokac is not a nurse, despite being an assistant professor in the College of Nursing, you may at first be puzzled. But when he begins to discuss his research with clinicians treating veterans and others suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or a traumatic brain injury (TBI), the pieces begin to fall into place. 

Monthly Research Brown Bag Series Begins Sept. 3

UMSL Research Development invites you to attend a new brown bag workshop series featuring expert speakers on a variety of topics of interest every first Friday at noon in Woods Hall 101. 

Defense Program Officer Pitch Session

September 24, 2021 – Woods Hall 101
Join your colleagues for a slice of pizza and practice pitching your projects to defense funding program officers.  This is a safe place to practice pitching your research and get valuable feedback from your colleagues on content and presentation. Space is limited and the session is restricted to those submitting defense proposals.

Writing Winning NIH Grant Proposals

Presented by Lauren Broyles, PhD – September 10, 2021 – JCP 204

Join other UMSL faculty for a full-day workshop on how to write Winning NIH Proposals. This widely acclaimed seminar comprehensively addresses both practical and conceptual aspects that are important to the proposal-writing process. Registration is required by August 15.

Research Enabled Portal

Connect with industry sponsors for research and fee-for-service work

The new Research Enabled portal helps companies in need of your expertise for research, service work, and collaborations to pursue funding, and more, easily connect with you. Make sure you've claimed your researcher profile, entered any resources you have available for industry contract work, and set your communication preferences. Also, you can post your current ideas and projects that would benefit from industry collaboration and support (just keep it non-confidential) for companies to browse. And, if your business contacts want to contract with the university for you to provide resources or service work, send them to Research Enabled for quick, easy contract processing.
Research Enabled is a collaboration between the UM and SIU systems, partially funded by a US Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration i6 Award. 

NSF Revises Proposal & Award Policies and Procedures Guide

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced a revised version of their Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 22-1). The new PAPPG will be effective for proposals submitted or due on or after October 4, 2021. Significant changes include:
  • A new section covering requests for reasonable and accessibility accommodations regarding the proposal process or requests for accessibility accommodations to access NSF’s electronic systems, websites and other digital content;
  • A table entitled, NSF Pre-award and Post-award Disclosures Relating to the Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support. This table identifies where pre- and post-award current and pending support disclosure information must be provided. Proposers and awardees may begin using this table immediately;
  • Increasing the page limit for the biographical sketch from two to three pages;
  • Updates to the current and pending support section of NSF proposals to require that information on objectives and overlap with other projects is provided to help NSF and reviewers assess overlap/duplication;
  • Adding planning proposals and Career-Life Balance supplemental funding requests as new proposal types;
  • Updates to travel proposals will require that AORs certify that prior to the proposer’s participation in the meeting for which NSF travel support is being requested, the proposer will assure that the meeting organizer has a written policy or code-of-conduct addressing harassment.
We encourage all faculty who submit to NSF to review the by-chapter summary of changes provided in the Introduction section of the PAPPG. While this version of the PAPPG becomes effective on Oct. 4, 2021, in the interim, the guidelines contained in the current PAPPG (NSF 20-1) continue to apply.

American Council on Germany

DZ BANK Fellowship on Transatlantic Business and Finance
Deadline: July 30, 2021

The American Council on Germany is currently seeking applications for the DZ BANK Fellowship on Transatlantic Business and Finance. This fellowship allows American and German academics; practitioners from banking, business, and government; and journalists to conduct research on key issues influencing the transatlantic economy – including business, finance, trade, banking, fintech, innovation, and entrepreneurship. The fellows will conduct research, engage counterparts on the opposite side of the Atlantic, and produce analytical reports. Candidates for the DZ BANK Fellowship on Transatlantic Business and Finance must:
  • Be either United States or German citizens living in the United States or the European Union;
  • Be 45 years of age or younger at the time of the application deadline;
  • Have a minimum of five to eight years of relevant, full-time work experience;
  • Hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent);
  • Demonstrate a track record of outstanding professional performance; and
  • Have a sincere commitment to furthering the transatlantic relationship

Department of Education

Education Research and Special Education Research Grant Programs
Deadline: Multiple, see FOA
The Department of Education (Department) is issuing a notice inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2022 for the Education Research and Special Education Research Grant Programs. In awarding these grants, the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) intends to provide national leadership in expanding knowledge and understanding of (1) developmental and school readiness outcomes for infants and toddlers with or at risk for a disability, (2) education outcomes for all learners from early childhood education through postsecondary and adult education, and (3) employment and wage outcomes when relevant (such as for those engaged in career and technical, postsecondary, or adult education). The IES research grant programs are designed to provide interested individuals and the general public with reliable and valid information about education practices that support learning and improve academic achievement and access to education opportunities for all learners. These interested individuals include parents, educators, learners, researchers, and policymakers. In carrying out its grant programs, IES provides support for programs of research in areas of demonstrated national need.

National Endowment for the Humanities

NEH Summer Stipend Program
Deadline to Notify ORECD: July 16, 2021
If you are interested in applying to this competition, please notify the Office of Research ( by July 16 as the University is allowed to submit only two nominations. Nominees agree to work full-time for two consecutive months during the summer on a humanities project.  Allowable costs include compensation, travel, and other scholarly costs related to the project. The maximum award amount is $6,000.
Humanities Connections
Deadline: Sept. 14, 2021
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Division of Education Programs is accepting applications for the Humanities Connections program. The purpose of this program is to expand the role of the humanities in undergraduate education at two- and four-year institutions. Awards support innovative curricular approaches that foster partnerships among humanities faculty and their counterparts in the social and natural sciences and in pre-service or professional programs (such as business, engineering, health sciences, law, computer science, and other technology-driven fields), in order to encourage and develop new integrative learning opportunities for students. 

National Science Foundation (NSF)

GERMINATION: Germination of Research Questions for Addressing Critical Societal Challenges
Deadline: Oct. 29, 2021

The NSF Directorate for Engineering GERMINATION program aims to foster the development of pedagogical frameworks, platforms and/or environments to enable participants to formulate research questions and ideas with potentially transformative outcomes. The extraordinary response of the STEM research community to the COVID-19 pandemic, exemplified by the record-breaking speed of novel vaccine development, highlights the outstanding capabilities at all levels of the research enterprise. The GERMINATION program seeks to harness the immense capacities of academic researchers to similarly address other critical global challenges through supporting the development of new pedagogical approaches that train researchers to formulate and develop key research questions.

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. 


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: