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

November 2021 Newsletter

External Awards, Monthly Report: September 2021
External Awards, FY 2022 Awards to Date
Investigators to Receive New Compliance Report Beginning This Month

New Tool to Help UMSL PIs More Easily Review Grant Expenditures

In order to better serve UMSL faculty and provide timely information regarding grants, the Office of Sponsored Programs Administration has developed a standardized project report. Beginning November 2021 and continuing monthly, investigators will receive an email the week of the 14th that provides a link to a personalized report containing the expenditures for all of your open projects for the previous month. A sample of the report and instructions on accessing the reports was e-mailed to all PIs, business managers, and departmental assistants on Oct. 7, 2021.
This monthly report provides easy access to the previous month's data with which you can review your project expenditures; such regular review satisfies UM Policy 27002 (Allowable Costs and Costs Principles), which requires that PIs perform a "compliance review of costs" in a timely manner to ensure allowability of costs in accordance with Uniform Guidance and/or the terms of a specific contract or grant.
However, this report is simply an improved starting point for expenditure review. Don't stop working with your departmental staff! Our goal is to provide the information in an easily accessible, concise format with which you can identify areas of concern sooner and have more time to correct any issues.
Departmental fiscal staff are aware of this new report and the plans moving forward. If you have any questions or concerns, please let them or our office ( know. 

Research Enabled Event Highlights Industry-Sponsored Research Opportunities

Nidec Motor Corporation presented three research challenges that are currently open on the Research Enabled portal and took questions from investigators across the UM and SIU systems at a hybrid live and virtual event held Oct. 21 at the Missouri University of Science & Technology. You can view a recording of the event with Q&A here.
Similar events across various industries are being planned. Make sure you log into the Research Enabled portal and claim your profile to make sure you have access to these and future industry collaboration opportunities in your specified areas of interest and expertise. The portal is open to RFPs and researchers across all disciplines.
Contact Tomy Ames, interim director, at with questions about the Research Enabled portal.
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. It is open to all researchers across the UM and SIU systems. Log in using your university SSO.

Dec. 03, 2021, 12 p.m.

"Intellectual Property (IP) Protection and Commercialization"

What do you do when your work results in a new scientific discovery, gadget, creative or digital work, training, curriculum, or other intellectual property? In this session, you will learn about how protecting branding, marketing, and licensing IP allows you to maintain control over your work and potentially realize new revenue streams. Register Online
The Nov. 5 session has been postponed –
a new date will be announced soon.

Celebrating UMSL's Early Career Researchers 

The Office of Research and Economic & Community Development hosted the 4th Annual Early Career Research Symposium on Oct. 8, 2021, in the Summit Lounge at JC Penney, followed by a networking reception. Dean Andy Kersten, College of Arts and Sciences emceed the event on behalf of Chris Spilling, Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic & Community Development. Chancellor Kristin Sobolik and Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Steven Berberich, provided opening remarks on the importance of research to UMSL’s mission, the region, and nation.
 Featuring 20 speakers from across campus, the event highlighted outstanding research collaborations going on at UMSL across disciplines and with community partners. The award for best presentation went to Megan Rooney, assistant professor, educator preparation and leadership, for "Teacher’s perceptions of work-based learning experiences for students with severe disabilities"; and the award for Best Data Visualization went to Kelsey Cundiff, assistant professor, criminology and criminal justice, for her presentation entitled "Homicide hot spots in San Francisco; changes over time and space, 1849-2003." 
Congratulations to all of this year’s presenters! Download the event program to read more about all 20 projects.

Oct 23rd Data Visualization Workshop Draws Diverse Audience

Dr. Badri Adhikari, Assistant Professor, Computer Science led a successful workshop on effective data visualization that drew 29 participants including faculty, students, teachers, and IT professionals. The hands-on workshop covered scientific plotting principles, plotting using Python, principles of graphical excellence and integrity, concept mapping, and more. No coding was involved, for which participants seemed grateful. The session was sponsored by the Department of Computer Science to build capacity for data visualization needs in proposals, reports, assignments, and work products.

NIH Virtual Seminar: Program Funding and Grants Administration

The NIH invites you to participate in the 2021 NIH Virtual Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration. This free, four-day virtual event covers a broad range of grant policy, program, and process topics from application through award closeout. This event is intended for researchers, research administrators, trainees, and others trying to gain a better understanding of the NIH grants process, policies, and programs. This year's event offers one-on-one "meet-the-experts" appointments, shorter presentations for more live Q&A, more case studies, plus additional new features. 


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: