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Mizzou Advantage Interdisciplinary Research Grants: Evaluation and Administration

Research Council Committee Members

Members of the Research Council Committee, who are appointed by the Vice Chancellor for Research, Graduate Studies, and Economic Development, will review Mizzou Advantage Interdisciplinary Research Grant proposals. Contact with current Council members regarding your application during its preparation or before or after review is inappropriate, due to the potential for and the appearance of a conflict of interest. The Research Council Committee encourages discussion of the Research Council grant program and guidance on the specific proposal with former members of the Council. If you have questions or desire guidance in the preparation of a proposal, please send an e-mail to

Criteria Used in the Review

In the review process, the Council seeks to identify and support the most worthy applications, regardless of discipline or faculty rank. PIs may hold only one Mizzou Advantage research grant at a time. The Research Council Committee encourages cost matches from other sources, including divisions, departments, RIF accounts, or external funding.

All applications are reviewed in accord with the following criteria:

  • Goals/Objectives. Is the overall goal of the project well conceived? Is there a clearly stated hypothesis? Are the specific objectives clearly stated?
  • Interdisciplinarity. Strength of interdisciplinarity (as defined here) and collaborative nature of the proposed project.
  • Mizzou Advantage Connection. Strength of specific ties to Mizzou Advantage areas of strength (Food for the Future; Media of the Future; One Health/One Medicine; Sustainable Energy).
  • Intrinsic Merit. (Significance, originality and creativity) If the project is successful, will it result in an important, original contribution?
  • Design & Procedures. Is the design appropriate to achieve the stated goals? Are the procedures clearly stated? Is the approach sound and innovative?
  • Feasibility. Is the project likely to succeed? Can the project be completed in the time allowed? Are the necessary support resources available? Are letters of support included (e.g., MU collaborators, school districts, state agencies, archives, non-MU collaborators and/or outside institutions)?
  • Qualifications. Do the applicants have training and demonstrated expertise in the areas of the proposed project?
  • Productivity. Have the applicants demonstrated productivity in publications, presentations, and creative works? What products have resulted from past internal support?
  • Budget Evaluation. Is the budget adequate and appropriate?
  • Likelihood that this research will be leveraged by the PI and the Co-I(s) for high quality peer-reviewed publications.
  • Extramural Funding. Potential for proposed project to secure specific competitive extramural funding.
  • Future External Collaborators. Strength of potential external collaborations with foundations, the private sector, and/or individuals who may be interested in the project and its implications.

Administration of Awards

Within reasonable bounds, projects approved for funding by Mizzou Advantage are to be completed as described in the original application. If the project extends beyond the duration of the project period, a formal request for an extension must be e-mailed to Pamela J. Cooper at at least 30 days prior to the termination date of the project. Only a single, one-year extension will be allowed. If significant changes in the research project are contemplated, they should be described in writing to the Director of the Mizzou Advantage, who in consultation with the Faculty Fellow for the Office of Research will decide whether to approve the changes or resubmit the proposal to the Council as a whole.

At the end of the project period, all unspent funds will revert to the Mizzou Advantage if an extension is not granted. Funds not used at the end of the extension will revert to the Mizzou Advantage.