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Mizzou Advantage Interdisciplinary Research Grants

Opportunity: Fall and Spring 2017-18 (Up to $50,000 per project)

The Mizzou Advantage and the Office of Research are pleased to announce a call for research proposals to support innovative, interdisciplinary, seed research funding within one or more Mizzou Advantage areas including Food for the Future, One Health/One Medicine, Sustainable Energy, and Media of the Future.

We follow the NSF’s definition of interdisciplinary research to be:

“a mode of research by teams…that integrates information, data, techniques, tools, perspectives, concepts, and/or theories from two or more disciplines or bodies of specialized knowledge to advance fundamental understanding or to solve problems whose solutions are beyond the scope of a single discipline or area of research practice.”

See an overview of the outcomes of MU’s investments in interdisciplinary collaboration as reported by grant recipients.

To enhance MU’s ability to achieve its strategic priorities we are integrating portions of the Office of Research grant proposal/review process with Mizzou Advantage Interdisciplinary Research Grants. Specifically, the process will include:

  • March 6 and 7, 2017—Voluntary networking sessions
  • April 7, 2017—Mandatory Letters of Intent (LOI) due to the Mizzou Advantage on or before this date
  • May, 1, 2017—Final determination of successful LOI’s announced. At that time, Mizzou Advantage will communicate final application instructions/deadlines for full proposals to successful applicants.

The Research Council Committee has been charged with providing peer-reviewed evaluations of the full Mizzou Advantage Interdisciplinary Research Grant proposals.  This alignment will make the entire process more predictable, transparent, efficient, and impactful for all involved. Details of this process follow below.


Mizzou Advantage Interdisciplinary Research Grants are awarded to support research, scholarship, and creative achievement conducted by tenured, tenure-track and ranked non-tenure track faculty members at the level of Assistant Professor and above. Awards are intended to support interdisciplinary efforts that have a high likelihood of securing competitive extramural funding and generating high quality peer-reviewed publications and that have identified external partners whom successful projects/teams can engage upon completion to further enhance research outcomes.

Basic Eligibility and Responsibilities

  1. Tenured, tenure-track and ranked non-tenure track faculty at the level of Assistant Professor and above are eligible.
  2. All proposals must come from teams comprised of at least one eligible Principle Investigator (PI) and one or more Co-Investigator (Co-I) who meet the above definition of interdisciplinary.
  3. Each research team must designate, for the purposes of internal processing, financial transfers, and reporting obligations, a Principle Investigator (PI).
  4. Each PI may hold only one active Mizzou Advantage Interdisciplinary Research Grant at a time.
  5. The University expects the PI to remain a university employee for a minimum of one year following completion of a funded project.
  6. Awards are not transferable.
  7. Every Mizzou Advantage Interdisciplinary Research Grant comes with reporting requirements stipulated prior to the transfer of funds. Failure of the PI to maintain reporting compliance regarding outcomes of both the PI and Co-I(s) will disqualify all members of the research team from future awards until reporting compliance is restored.