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

October 2021 Newsletter

External Awards, Monthly Report: August 2021
External Awards, Annual Report: FY2021
Nidec Research Enabled portal

Nidec Motor Corporation to Discuss Research Proposal Requests at Oct. 21 Event 

Join Nidec research project managers on Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021, to learn about several Research Challenge requests for proposals (RFPs) available to researchers across the University of Missouri and Southern Illinois University systems. Be there virtually for any or all of the three presentations between 10 a.m. and noon, ask questions directly about the posted challenges, and enhance your chances for a successful proposal.
The RFPs include two projects related to a stratospheric drone system that requires research in materials science and motor control design. Another request for proposals focuses on automated fault diagnosis of motors and driven equipment using measured and computed signals from motor drives and external sensors. Nidec has also posted a request for expertise/resources on the portal for your review and responses.
The RFPs are going live on the Research Enabled portal at now. UM and SIU researchers can log into the portal using their university SSO and submit proposals online.  
This event will be live-streamed via Zoom.
The Research Enabled initiative is a collaboration between the UM and SIU systems funded partially by the Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration. Contact Tomy Ames ( for help on the portal.
Jodi Woodruff, research assistant professor, MIMH
Patient-centered Research to Address Chronic Health Issues
After completing her doctorate in behavioral neuroscience at the University of Missouri–St. Louis (UMSL) in 2012, Jodi Woodruff joined the Missouri Institute of Mental Health (MIMH) where she now works as research assistant professor under former faculty mentor and current institute director, Rob Paul.  
At MIMH, Woodruff studies the effect chronic health conditions like diabetes and HIV have on the brain, the mental health of those with chronic illness, and the role of the immune system in affected individuals’ health. Additionally, she explores what part cognitive function and processes play in the health of those with chronic health conditions. Woodruff also looks at what healthcare system processes are needed to reduce the incidence of chronic diseases and better promote healthy living.  
Woodruff has been involved for nearly a decade in a state-funded initiative that provides integrative care for individuals with chronic or mental health conditions or a substance-use disorder. Community Mental Health Center (CMHC) Healthcare Homes is a collaboration with the Missouri Behavioral Health Council, Missouri HealthNet, and Missouri Social Services. Woodruff evaluates practices used to treat patients affected by chronic illness, conducts research using data collected from participants, and provides training for healthcare professionals who directly respond to the needs of those involved in the program. 
Given the difficulty of tracking health outcomes over short time periods, Woodruff finds her work with this dedicated team highly rewarding. Not only does Healthcare Homes allow individuals with chronic illnesses access to the care they need and the ability to learn to better manage their health conditions, it provides Woodruff with years of data on how managing chronic illnesses holistically can affect health outcomes. In response to the data, Woodruff created an online information hub for healthcare professionals that provides person-centered tools to help them better connect with patients, along with training and other resources.  
Woodruff’s research activities are applicable across many disciplines beyond her focus on the primary care setting. She sees the opportunity for collaborations in behavioral health, chemistry, economics, social work, nursing, and computer science – wherever people are working together to improve the health of a community. To learn more about Woodruff’s work and to connect with her, please visit her page on the MIMH website
The Missouri Institute of Mental Health (MIMH) is administered under UMSL’s Office of Research and Economic & Community Development.

UMSL Junior Faculty Travel Grant Competition

The Junior Faculty Travel Grant competition, designed to strengthen faculty research and creative activities with awards up to $1,000, is open to full-time, untenured, tenure-track faculty members. Proposals are due Oct. 12, 2021.

Your Source for Industry-Sponsored Research and Collaboration Opportunities 

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 about Research Enabled.
Join us Oct. 21 to learn about research proposal requests from Nidec Motor Corporation!
Nidec representatives will walk university researchers through funded research challenges that are now available on The event will be accessible to all researchers across the UM and SIU Systems via live streaming. Plan to join us via Zoom to hear any or all of the three RFP presentations between 10 a.m. and noon and submit your proposed research solutions to Nidec. View the schedule of RFP presentations and REGISTER today!
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.

Missouri Foundation for Health

Opportunity Fund Grants Now Open

The Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH) is issuing another round of Opportunity Fund grants available as of Sept. 28, 2021. Through this fund, they offer the chance for forward-thinking organizations to share game-changing ideas with the hope of making them a reality. By working in collaboration, you can test projects that have the potential to reduce health inequities and build communities where everyone can thrive. Submit a brief concept paper to tell MFH about your idea. Concept papers are reviewed in Nov/Dec 2021 and then invitations to submit a full proposal are sent in January.
Concept papers are due Nov. 4, 2021, at noon. More information

2021 Early Career Research Symposium

Oct. 8, 2021, 2 to 5 p.m.

JC Penney Summit Lounge

Download event flyer with registration information HERE.

Research Development Brownbag Series

First Fridays @ Noon

Nov. 5, 2021, 12 p.m. (via Zoom)

"The Great Funding Search: Finding Funding to Advance Your Research & Creative Works"
Do you have a research or creative project in the works? There is likely funding to support it!  Join the Research Development team for this introduction to funding and learn about funding search engines, major funding streams, how to create a funding roadmap for your work, and how to vet specific funding opportunities to increase your chances of an award. 
Register online at Registrants will be emailed the Zoom link prior to the event.


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: