Funding opps, awards, and recent news about UMSL researchers & innovators
Funding opps, awards, and recent news about UMSL researchers & innovators
External Awards, Monthly Report: Feb. 2021
External Awards, Annual Report: FY21 to date

Research Grants on Reducing Inequality: William T. Grant Foundation

The foundation seeks studies that aim to build, test, or increase understanding of programs, policies, or practices to reduce inequality in the academic, social, behavioral, or economic outcomes of young people. We prioritize studies about reducing inequality on the basis of race, ethnicity, economic standing, language minority status, or immigrant origins. Letters of Inquiry: May 5, 2021

Russel Sage

The foundation will accept LOIs relevant to any of its core programs that address at least one of the following issues: 1) research on the COVId-19 pandemic and the resulting recession in the U.S.; 2) research focused on systemic racial inequality and/or the recent mass protests in the United States. Letters of Inquiry: May 4, 2021

National Institutes of Health

Understanding and Addressing the Impact of Structural Racism and Discrimination on Minority Health and Health Disparities (R01): This initiative will support (1) observational research to understand the role of structural racism and discrimination (SRD) in causing and sustaining health disparities, and (2) intervention research that addresses SRD in order to improve minority health or reduce health disparities. Letter of Intent: July 20, 2021; Full Proposal: Aug 24, 2021

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. 
New Research Opportunity Posted by Industry:
ID #C60508. Plant Recognition University Challenge: Research and development to advance insights of identifying species and population densities of plants from UAV multispectral imaging data. To view this opportunity, log onto Research Enabled using your SSO ID. Proposals Due: July 30, 2021.
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. 

Dr. Anne Austin, assistant professor of anthropology and archaeology 

UMSL Researcher Sees Ancient Workers' Village Informing Today's Health Care Systems

Anne Austin, PhD, is a bioarchaeologist and Egyptologist whose research primarily takes place at Deir el-Medina, an ancient workers' village (now an archaeological site) that was home to the artisans and craftsmen who built and decorated the royal tombs in the nearby Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens. This village, which thrived for hundreds of years and hosted a literate, multi-generational population, contains a plethora of artifacts.
Since 2012, Austin has served as lead bioarchaeologist at this site. Bioarchaeology is a unique discipline focused on the study of human skeletal remains emphasizing approaches from biological anthropology and archaeology and derives theoretical guidance from both cultural anthropology and evolutionary biology. At Deir el-Medina, she focuses on health care (what ancient systems were in place, how they are reflected in remains, and what ancient texts discuss about these health systems) and ancient tattooing (read more about this in two UMSL Daily stories here and here).
Encouraged by her parents from a young age, Austin developed a passion for archaeology and the fascinating questions that can be answered through research in this field, particularly through multidisciplinary research. She noted that as research is done (in any field), new questions and opportunities for collaborative work across disciplines are uncovered. For Austin and others in this field, the time is right for multidisciplinary collaborations.
Austin's overarching goal as a scholar is to bridge the fields of bioarchaeology and Egyptology by finding opportunities where they can inform each other. She believes that her work at Deir el-Medina, one of the oldest documented health care networks in the world, could inform how we view and discuss modern health care systems today. 
Find out more about Austin on her website.
Join us each month to recognize, celebrate, and learn more about UMSL research faculty as we feature a faculty member from a different college or unit. 

Peer Review Opportunities

Serving as a peer reviewer at federal agencies is an excellent way to stay current with the research in your field and to get an inside view of agency funding priorities. In addition, reviewing grant applications is one of the best ways to improve the competitiveness of your proposals. It is also an excellent way to connect with colleagues, provide service to your discipline, and increase visibility. See the links below to learn how you can become a reviewer.

Agency Updates

New Training Resources Available

  • New and updated system-related FAQs by topic and a new How-To Guides section are available on the About Proposal Preparation and Submission page left navigation menu.
  • A new 16-minute proposal demo video has been added to the About Proposal Preparation and Submission page Video Tutorials section. The video highlights key proposal preparation steps including:
    • Setting up a proposal
    • Uploading a document and compliance messaging
    • Preparing Proposal File Update/Budget Revisions

A New Framework for Articulating Broader Impacts is Now Available from the NSF’s Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Directorate

The National Science Foundation's existing criteria for evaluating research proposals through both intellectual merit and broader impacts remain unchanged. The new framework offers guidance on how researchers can better articulate the potential impacts of their proposed research and how those impacts can lead to benefits for society, including improved quality of life. The framework includes questions for researchers to consider when developing the broader impacts of their research and suggestions on how to explain them.

NIH Data Sharing Policy

Data sharing is essential for expedited translation of research results into knowledge, products, and procedures to improve human health. Find guidance and resources to understand NIH policy below.
The National Institutes of Health has issued a new Final NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing (effective Jan. 25, 2023), which will require NIH-funded researchers to prospectively submit a plan outlining how scientific data from their research will be managed and shared. On January 25, 2023, the new policy will come into effect and replace the 2003 NIH Data Sharing Policy currently in effect.
To help the research community prepare for implementation of the new policy, NIH also provides the following supplemental information: Elements of an NIH Data Management and Sharing Plan, Allowable Costs for Data Management and Sharing, and Selecting a Repository for Data Resulting from NIH-Supported Research. Visit the page on public access and open science to learn more.


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: