Funding opps, awards, and recent news about UMSL researchers & innovators
Funding opps, awards, and recent news about UMSL researchers & innovators

April 2022 Newsletter

External Awards, Monthly Report: February 2022
External Awards, FY 2022 Awards to Date

Join us to celebrate UMSL's outstanding researchers, inventors, and innovators!

On Friday, April 8, 2022, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., we'll gather in the Science Learning Building (SLB) lobby, with the UMSL Wall of Innovation as a backdrop, for a fun evening back together, and we would love to see you there.
During a short program beginning at 5 p.m, we'll honor the 2022 UMSL investigators and innovators of the year; and we will finally be able to recognize the 2021 winners in person as well. We'll also hear from our chancellor and other leaders about research at UMSL – where we've been and where we're going; induct new members to the UMSL chapter of the National Academy of Inventors; and enjoy some good food, drink, and conversation with colleagues. 
Register by April 6


Research Enabled Industry Service Contract Opportunity 

US Agriculture Market Assessment, Product Portfolio Review, Market Entry Options

Industry Request R09040
The agriculture division of a global leader in sensor, software, and autonomous solutions is looking for an advisor with appropriate expertise to develop a market assessment to better understand the current precision agriculture landscape in North America by region and crop segments. The company is interested in understanding how their existing products can support customers compared to existing alternatives in the market and exploring open opportunities and market demands.

Relevant Research Interests: Agricultural Economics; Agriculture, various; Agronomy and Crop Science; Animal Sciences; Food Science; Horticulture; Plant Sciences; Soil Science; Accounting; Business Administration; Business, various; Finance; Logistics; Management; Management Information Systems; Marketing; Supply Chain
Proposals Due: 05/01/2022
View the Challenge (RFP) on (request #R09040). Proposals can also be submitted through the portal.
If you have not claimed your faculty profile on the portal, just log in using your SSO and select your communication preferences and research interests. If you have questions about Research Enabled or this opportunity, contact Tomy Ames (

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Interdisciplinary Research Leaders
Application Deadline: Wed, 4 May 2022

Leadership for health equity is an essential lever for change, especially the complex change needed to dismantle structural racism. Interdisciplinary Research Leaders (IRL) is a three-year national leadership development program that aims to foster and support new interdisciplinary, action-oriented research collaborations. Achieving health equity, especially for communities of color, those in low socioeconomic positions, and Native populations, is a core value of the program. The aim for the 2022 IRL program is to generate high-quality, community-engaged research useful for dismantling structural racism, improving health, and advancing health equity. There is an urgent need to identify solutions for eliminating and reversing the devastating effects of structural racism.
For the 2022 cohort, up to 15 teams of three midcareer individuals each (two researchers and a community leader) will be selected from diverse disciplinary backgrounds or scientific perspectives. The applicant organization will receive up to $125,000 for each team’s specific research project, including $25,000 stipend per fellow per year. After the fellowship begins, funds up to $15,000 per year will be available from the national program center to the community partner’s employer, sponsoring institution, or another community organization directly involved in the research project.

Social Science Research Council

The Mercury Project
Rolling Applications

The Mercury Project will provide research grants over a three-year period to researchers and organizations for the purpose of:
  • estimating the causal impacts of mis- and disinformation on online and offline outcomes in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, including health, economic, and/or social outcomes, differential impacts across socio-demographic groups, and quantifying the global costs of those impacts
  • estimating the causal impacts of online or offline interventions in the United States, Africa, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean to increase uptake of Covid-19 vaccines and other recommended public health measures by countering mis- and disinformation, including interventions that target the producers or the consumers of mis- and disinformation, or that increase confidence in reliable information.
The Mercury Project will also provide a suite of research sharing and policy development activities for grantees and other invited organizations to enable more effective policy and regulatory responses to current and future public health emergencies. The work of the consortium will provide a foundation for data-driven policy and regulatory interventions enabling the creation of a healthier information environment.

Research Development Brownbag Series: April 8

Broadening Your Impact: Finding and Working with Community Partners

Today, geospatial tools allow scholars to build more complex narratives with the maps and visualizations they create by adding elements of GIS data to gain complex understandings of spaces. Mapping in your research is about recognizing the social constructions of physical spaces, understanding the power structures that have historically been a part of cartography, and re-imagining how we craft narratives about space and time in scholarship. Come explore the power of spatial data management, functionality, geovisualization, and mapping capabilities of GIS, combined with a spatial perspective. Learn about geospatial resources and tools that can add depth to your research and creative works. 
Speaker: Karl Guenther, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Economic & Community Development
Friday, April 8, 2022
Zoom Link:
Meeting ID: 970 6583 5346
Passcode: 198265


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: