UMSL's latest research & commercialization news.
UMSL's latest research & commercialization news.
External Awards, Monthly Report: March 2020
External Awards, Annual Report to Date: FY20
External Awards, Annual Report: FY19


Check out the ORA Research Development Page for funding opportunities, tools and templates, and proposal writing guides. If there are other templates and resources that would be helpful to you as you develop proposals, please reach out to Jackson Medel or Cynthia Jobe


All research studies that require direct person-to-person interactions but do not offer direct therapeutic benefit to subjects (drug, device, counseling) must immediately pause new enrollment and discontinue in-person interactions. This includes off-campus data collection. If study procedures can be modified to use alternative methods of data collection (e.g., telephone interviews, online surveying, etc.), then data collection may continue.
You do not need to modify your protocol to allow for remote interaction or adjust your study schedule if your study has been determined "Exempt" or if the UMSL IRB-approved protocol does not stipulate how the visit/interaction would occur. However, if your study underwent expedited or full review and did specify in-person interaction for data collection, you must submit a modification specifying the new consenting and data collection method (e.g., online survey, telephonic interviewing, etc.) to the UMSL Institutional Review Board.
For more information on COVID-19 and human subjects research, please visit:



This research fund is issuing a call for projects in areas of protecting vulnerable populations from epidemics and catastrophes, including COVID-19, improving data collection and quality in health, understanding the effects of confinement and social distancing, early warning and preparedness and preserving the environment and our health. Limit: one application per department.


In partnership with the Henry Luce Foundation, the Social Science Research Council is issuing a call for rapid-response, innovative research projects using remote methods on key issues — social distancing, governance, inequality, religion, political economy, and technology — that contribute to analysis of the impact of Covid-19 globally. Projects focused on groups most affected by the pandemic are especially encouraged.


The Russel Sage Foundation is changing its immediate priorities for letters of inquiry (LOIs) for the May 21, 2020, deadline. For this deadline, the foundation will only consider LOIs that satisfy at least one of the following criteria:
  • The research is so timely and time-sensitive that the project must start before April 1, 2021; or
  • The research analyzes, political, economic, or psychological disruptions resulting from the coronavirus that affect social and living conditions in the United States.
All LOIs must focus on issues related to the foundation’s core program areas and special initiatives: behavioral economics, decision making and human behavior in context, future of work, face, ethnicity, and immigration, social, political, and economic inequality


The Spencer Foundation is issuing a call for COVID-19 proposals to support education research projects that will contribute to understanding the rapid shifts in education in this time of crisis and change. As with other Spencer grant programs, this program is “field-initiated.”  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis with budgets up to $50,000 for projects ranging from one to three years. Applications will be reviewed on May 4, May 18, and June 8. 



The National Science Foundation (NSF) is accepting proposals for up to $200,000 and up to one year in duration to:
  • to conduct non-medical/non-clinical-care research that can be used immediately to explore how to model and understand the spread of COVID-1
  • to inform and educate about the science of virus transmission and preventio
  • to encourage the development of processes and actions to address this global challeng
RAPID proposals must be invited.  Reach out to either a program officer managing an NSF program with which the research would be aligned or to

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is devoting significant resources to COVID-19. In addition to dedicating regularly appropriated funds, to date NIH has received emergency funding for COVID-19-related activities in two supplemental bills (available from the NIH Office of Budget website), that together provide:
  • $1.532 billion for NIAID
  • $103.4 million for NHLBI
  • $60 million for NIBIB
  • $36 million for NCATS
  • $30 million for the NIH Office of Director
  • $10 million for NIEHS
  • $10 million for NLM
To get funding as quickly as possible to the research community, the NIH is using Urgent and Emergency competing revisions and administrative supplements to existing grant awards. This approach allows NIH to get additional funding to researchers who are already working with other organisms, models, or tools in order to quickly shift focus to the novel coronavirus – often in under three months. Learn more about how these emergency funding mechanisms work from Mike Lauer at NIH:

COVID-19 Investigator Resources

Make sure you've opted into Research Enabled so you can connect with industry-sponsored research opportunities in your areas of interest. Just sign in with your SSO ID at to claim your profile and set your preferences.
Research Enabled is a partnership between the UM and SIU systems, companies and organizations in an effort to match industry research, contracting and collaboration needs with university expertise.
For more information, contact Jay De Long, director, at
Research Enabled is a collaborative initiative (led by UMSL) among the University of Missouri System, Southern Illinois University System, and community and industry partners including Bayer Crop Science, Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, MilliporeSigma, Nidec Motor Corporation, BioSTL, IMEC, ITEN, Missouri Association of Manufacturers, Missouri Enterprise, and the workforce development boards of St. Louis City and County. The Research Enabled project is sponsored in part by the Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration (award #ED19HDQ0200011).


NSF, NIH and many other federal agencies offer early career funding mechanisms. These are very prestigious awards and can really help early careers take off. An ideal time to submit a CAREER proposal is in the summer after your second year, provided that you have some pilot data and publications. UMSL has several investigators who are recipients of CAREER awards and we would like to have more. Please contact Jackson Medel or Cynthia Jobe to begin planning your CAREER proposal.
    The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) program is a foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization. Activities pursued by early-career faculty should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research. NSF encourages submission of CAREER proposals from early-career faculty at all CAREER-eligible organizations and especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and persons with disabilities to apply. Applications are due July 27, 2020.
Learn more about the NSF CAREER program and key solicitation requirements at the NSF CAREER Webinar on May 13, 2020
  • NIH Career Development Awards
    The NIH K award series is a prestigious career development mechanism that emphasizes the development of researchers at various levels of progress from early career to established scientists. The K awards focus on developing the capacity of faculty and researchers to independently pursue research agendas and better position them to win external funding. See the K award guidelines for more information on the application form and process. ORA strongly encourages researchers in relevant fields to consider pursuing a K award. K award applications are due June 6, 2020 and October 12, 2020.


The Office of Research Administration invites faculty from across disciplines to join the conversation on how COVID-19 is affecting communities, to explore collaborative research opportunities that can make a difference, and take advantage of emerging COVID-19 funding opportunities. Conversations begin at 9 a.m. on Fridays. Download the event flyer for upcoming topics and speaker information. For more information or to facilitate a conversation, contact Cynthia Jobe at


The National Science Foundation (NSF) has made available their new formats for Biographical Sketches and Pending Support sections for new NSF proposals submitted following the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 20-1). NSF conducted an informational webinar on the use of these new tools on February 6, 2020, which is archived for your convenience. These new guidelines are effective on proposals submitted on or before June 1, 2020.
  • SciENcv: NSF has partnered with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to use SciENcv: Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae as an NSF-approved format for use in preparation of both the Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support sections of an NSF proposal. SciENcv will produce an NSF-compliant PDF version of the documents which proposers can save and submit as part of their proposals via FastLane, or Additional information about the NSF-approved SciENcv formats is available on the NSF biographical sketch and current and pending support web sites.
  • The SciENcv tool integrates with ORCID, enabling proposers to populate their Biographical Sketches by importing data directly from their ORCID records rather than having to manually enter all the required information. Additionally, Biographical Sketch data maintained in SciENcv can be quickly and easily updated on an ongoing basis for subsequent proposal submissions.

Resources for the new format requirements:


The Office of Research Administration (ORA) strives 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 the ORA (341 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 Office of Research Administration (ORA) administers 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
For assistance with funding opportunities and grant writing, contact Cynthia Jobe (, 516-5674). To find your pre- and post-award accountant, download the ORA Staff Responsibilities PDF. 
Visit the ORA web site for more information on "Proposals, Grants and Contracts" and "Compliance." Feel free to stop by the office at 341 Woods Hall anytime to meet the staff.
Technology Transfer at UMSL
The Technology Transfer Office (TTO) at UMSL, which is part of the ORA, is here to assist faculty in bringing their research discoveries and inventions, including copyrightable works such as software, 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
UMSL's TTO 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 the TTO web site for more information or to disclose an invention. Feel free to come see us at 346 Woods Hall. Email: