The Office of Research and Economic Development continues to invest in faculty by providing resources, support and training. We offer professional development and training, grant support and funding opportunities, resources to encourage research collaboration and large interdisciplinary projects and more. Questions? Contact us at


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MU faculty and staff who conduct research are encouraged to join one of the Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED) listservs. Through these listservs, ORED will distribute discipline-specific funding announcements and professional development opportunities in five areas: Arts and Humanities, Extension and Agriculture, Health Sciences, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Science and Engineering. Faculty are encouraged to subscribe to all that may apply. More information about ORED listservs.


We provide professional development focused on growing researcher confidence, capacity and productivity.  Our growing catalog of workshops and resources are available for all faculty, students and staff and range from short self-paced modules to intensive multi-year programs.   

Programs – We offer several programs that provide sustained support and training. Examples include the month-long Mentoring at Mizzou series or the Early Career Research Development Fellows Program that extends over three years. 

Workshops– Each month we offer one- to two- hour sessions focused on specific topics related to research development.

Self-paced library – Our self-paced resources include archives of our recorded workshops, handouts and documentation.

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The Office of Sponsored Programs Administration (OSPA) oversees external grants and contracts awarded to the Curators of the University of Missouri. Services available to all University faculty and staff include: advice and assistance with budget preparation and other administrative requirements of proposals; review, negotiation, and acceptance of awards; information regarding policies and regulations; issuance and administration of subcontracts and other subawards; sponsor communications; and award management, reporting, and closeout.

Research Development Network

MU’s Research Development Network includes professionals who provide services based on division/unit/institution, including: funding opportunity identification and targeted dissemination; grant/contract proposal development; research team building; project management; interaction with funding agencies and institutional research administration and leadership; interaction with institutional federal relations; and outreach activities and training. 

Research Analytics

Research Analytics is the collection and analysis of information, to inform decision-making and strategic planning at MU. Understanding sponsor priorities and trends can help in developing successful proposals to external agencies. The CI team in ORED provides actionable insights and future-looking intelligence on sponsors and programs to help faculty develop more competitive proposals. Additionally, the CI team is a partner with MU’s academic and research units in developing tools to monitor productivity, decrease administrative burden and comply with reporting requirements from sponsors, government agencies, and accrediting organizations.

The Connector

The Connector is a joint unit between the University of Missouri’s Office of Research and Economic Development and the Office of Extension and Engagement, whose core mission is to connect the people, resources, tools and ideas of UM System research and creative activities for the purpose of research development, communication, engagement and professional development. The Connector provides research and professional development opportunities, engagement resources and programming through meaningful partnerships with faculty, students and staff at our institution and surrounding communities.

Multi-investigator Grant Resources

Multidisciplinary, collaborative proposals are more likely to be funded at the national level. ORED provides resources to support the development of these large-scale proposals including Research Interest Groups (RIGs), IDEAS labs, and Academic Analytics. For more information on research collaboration development, please email

Pitch Sessions and Proposal Pre-submission Internal Review

Collaborative critiques of grant project narratives, descriptions and research strategies are key to creating strong grant proposal submissions. A reviewer’s perspective can help enhance a proposal and increase the likelihood of it being funded. ORED’s internal review service for investigators provides helpful feedback before proposals are submitted to funding agencies. More information.



Research Interest Groups (RIGs)

Research Interest Groups (RIGs) are a grass-roots effort by the MU faculty to bring together multi-disciplinary investigators and scientists to increase success through team building and collaborations. The goal of the RIGs is to connect research groups with specific funding opportunities and to develop large-scale, competitive research and proposals to submit to national funding agencies. To join a RIG, search the database with descriptions and contact information here.


MU IDEAS labs are based on a model established at the National Science Foundation. It is an intensive, interactive brainstorming environment where multi-disciplinary researchers get together to engage with each other and develop collaborative, data-driven research proposals around a central theme around targeted research opportunities. IDEAS Labs are held throughout the year and are initiated mainly by the RIGs and ORED. For more information on IDEAS Labs, please email

Flash Talks

Flash talks are very short presentations where participants introduce a scientific concept or idea in a way that’s understandable by others outside the area of expertise. RIGs are encouraged to schedule Flash Talks to kick-off their periodic meetings. For more information on Flash Talks, please email

Online Collaborative Resources

The University of Missouri System has developed a public-facing website for identifying collaborators. The Academic Analytics website, called UM Scholars,  allows researchers to search systemwide by name or research topic.


Research Council

Research Council Grants are awarded to support research, scholarship, and creative activities conducted by tenured, tenure‐track, and ranked non‐tenure track faculty members, with an earned doctorate (or the discipline’s highest earned terminal degree; e.g., MFA), at the level of Assistant Professor and above. More Information.


UM System Research and Creative Works Strategic Investment Program (SIPs)

The UM System Research and Creative Works Strategic Investment Program supports university projects through a $50M investment over a 5-year period. This investment is one component of the overall $260M strategic investments toward the five Missouri Compacts for Excellence and the University of Missouri System Strategic Plan. The Research and Creative Works Strategic Investment Program focuses on catalyst projects that can lead to nationally awarded center grants. More Information.



Bridge Funding Program under development.




Last Updated: January 3, 2022