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Mizzou Advantage Interdisciplinary Research Grants: Application Process — Phase III: Full Proposals

Approved LOIs will qualify the project for evaluation of a full proposal by MU Office of Research, Research Council Committee. The Mizzou Advantage will not be involved in the evaluation of full proposals. Rather, Mizzou Advantage will honor the recommendations of the Research Council and fund accordingly based upon available resources.

Applicants are encouraged to submit Mizzou Advantage proposals at least six months prior to the projected start date for their research project.

Mizzou Advantage funds cannot be used for reimbursement for items purchased before the grant account start date. The earliest a grant account can be established is the first of the month during which the grant application was approved.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that destination or project countries are not under any federal restrictions or embargoes.


  • Applicants should keep in mind that members of the Research Council Committee represent a variety of disciplines from across the campus. Therefore, applicants must write their proposals without excessive jargon and in a style that is clear to reviewers who may not be experts in the specified area.
  • Every electronic application must include the required cover page, completed in eFunding, and the information requested below is to be uploaded to eFunding. Please use the major organizational headings, in the order given. Include all of the information that is requested under these headings.
  • Please indicate on the cover page which sector(s) your projects best fits (Behavioral, Biological, Arts & Humanities, Mathematics, Physical, or Social).
  • Please indicate on the cover page which area(s) of the Mizzou Advantage the proposal best fits (One Health/One Medicine; Food for the Future; Sustainable Energy: Media of the Future
  • Applications that are incomplete or exceed the page limit will be returned to the PI.
  • Include the PI’s name as a header in the upper right-hand corner of each page of uploaded documents.
  • All applications must use a 12-point or larger font or 15 characters or less per inch, and be single-spaced with 1-inch margins. Any applications that have fonts smaller than 12-point or more than 15 characters per inch will be returned to the PI.
  • All uploaded files are required to include the PI’s last name as the first word in the file name. For example, instead of CV.doc, use DoeCV.doc.
  • All application text should be presented in English. If you have particular words, a section of text, or a document that is not in English, please provide a translation.
  • Sections II, III, IV, and Research Compliance listed below need to be uploaded and named as separate files in eFunding. See below for the code categories.


Creating the Cover Page

The PI should:

  1. Log into eFunding using your MU e-mail user name and password.
  2. Click “My Projects.”
  3. Click “Create New Project or Report.”
  4. Click “Mizzou Advantage Interdisciplinary Research Proposal.”
  5. As you complete the sections called Applicants, Proposal Information, Compliance, Abstract and My Account, the system begins to create a cover page for you.

To print the cover page after you have completed the above sections, go to the main My Project page and find the Action column on the far right side of the screen that has a pull down menu. One of the options is “Print Cover Page.” You can select Print Cover Page at any time before or after you submit the proposal. You will find a signature line on the cover page you print out. The cover page needs to be signed, scanned, and e-mailed to We can also accept cover pages with electronic signatures. We will no longer accept hard (paper) copies of the signed cover page.

Cover pages with the PI’s signature and the signatures of your chair and dean can be scanned and emailed to as one email or multiple emails. An electronic copy of the full proposal must be given to applicable department chairs and/or divisional deans.

Compliance: If your project does not have any research compliance issues, mark the not applicable box as “yes” and the others choices as “no”. If your project does have research compliance issues, please check the appropriate box(es) and see the compliance section below for what information should be upload to eFunding.

My Account: The My Account section can be found by clicking My Account after logging into eFunding. There are two items of information that you can edit in the My Account section. They are Nickname and Date Employed at MU. To edit, click “My Account,” enter the correct information in the boxes and click “Save.” The rest of the My Account section is downloaded from MU’s Human Resources PeopleSoft information database. To edit the PeopleSoft information, first contact your department Human Resources person and request that she/he make the appropriate edits in PeopleSoft. After PeopleSoft editing has been completed, send an e-mail to and request that eFunding be synchronized with PeopleSoft.


(Maximum 7 pages for items A.–G.; no page limits for items H & I. This section needs to be coded as Detailed Plan of Project.) The items can be uploaded as separate files or as a single file. This information will need to be uploaded to eFunding as a PDF.)

The plan should include the following information:

A. Overall goals and objectives or specific aims

B. Evidence of interdisciplinarity (as defined here) and collaborative nature of the proposed project

C. Explanation of specific ties to one or more Mizzou Advantage areas of strength (Food for the Future; Media of the Future; One Health/One Medicine; Sustainable Energy)

D. Relevant background and literature

E. Significance of project

F. Methods and procedures

G. Post-award opportunities:

  • How will this research be leveraged by the PI and the Co-I(s) for peer-reviewed publications?
  • How will this research be leveraged by all PI and the Co-I(s) in pursuit of specific competitive extramural funding?
  • Explanation of possible current/future external collaborations with foundations, the private sector, and/or individuals who may be interested in the project and its implications.

H. Citations

I. Letters of support. Letters of support should be included as a separate document, not an Appendix (e.g., MU and/or non-MU collaborators, school districts, state agencies, archives, or outside institutions).


Include all of the information below for the PI and all Co-Is listed on the cover page, maximum 2 pages per applicant. This section needs to be coded as Biographical Sketch/Curriculum Vitae. Each Biographical Sketch/Curriculum Vitae can be uploaded as separate files or as one file. This information will need to be uploaded to eFunding as a PDF.)

Include the following types of information:

  1. Education. Indicate institution, degrees, and dates.
  2. Employment history. Include postdoctoral research and/or professional experience.
  3. List of grants or fellowships. Indicate grantor, inclusive dates, and amount of each award. List here those grants not mentioned in the “Internal and External Support” section.
  4. List publications most closely related to the proposed project and other significant publications: include titles and all authors. Indicate refereed journals, juried shows, etc. with an asterisk (*). Summarize your productivity by indicating the total number of refereed and non-refereed journal articles, books, book chapters, invited papers, invited performances, juried shows, etc.


A. Internal support.
List all current and pending internal funds, including start-up funds, Research Board, Research Council, Instructional Design and Development Grant, Faculty Development Leave, Experiment Station and special programmatic funds.

  1. Provide source of support, project title, dates of entire project period, award amount, and extent of overlap with the proposed project.
  2. Describe what portion of internal support funds are encumbered/unencumbered.
  3. Provide information about any other funding sources available to support the proposed project, including any personal sources that will be used.

B. External support.

List all current and pending external funds. Provide source of support, project title, dates of entire project period, award amount, and extent of overlap with the proposed project.


Maximum 3 pages. This section needs to be coded as Budget.) This information will need to be uploaded to eFunding as a PDF.

Teams may request up to $50,000. Allowable expenses are listed in the “Budget Categories” section of these guidelines. Round all budget items to the nearest dollar. If applicants currently have funding for a similar project through outside agencies, a detailed explanation must be given if requesting funds for similar items from the Research Council. Indicate if the department or division will share in the cost of the research.

Budget Categories—Mizzou Advantage Interdisciplinary Research Grants may be used for the following categories. Each item in the requested budget should be carefully explained and fully justified. The Research Council Committee will review the budget and may recommend a reduction if the need for each requested item, or its cost, is not clearly established.

  • Personnel. Funds for other personnel must be justified as an integral and essential component of the proposed project. Generally, such support will be limited to those activities in which the faculty member either does not have the appropriate expertise or for other reasons could not reasonably be expected to perform the task. In the past, types of assistance that typically have been funded include routine laboratory and field work, data entry, and computer programming. If requesting funds to hire a person outside of the university, please contact Business Services. Proposals submitted by faculty members for projects that involve undergraduate and graduate student participation as research assistants are eligible. Mizzou Advantage funds cannot be used for financial aid, tuition fee waivers, and student health insurance. Mizzou Advantage funds will not pay faculty salary or bridge salary.
  • Equipment. Proposals for equipment to support specific research activities will be considered. The applicant should establish that such equipment is not reasonably available for the proposed project elsewhere and is critical to completion of the project.
  • Computing. Funding requests for computer software will be considered. Requests for computers require special justification and must be project specific. (The expectation is that other funds will generally be used to purchase computers.)
  • Travel. The Research Council Committee will consider requests for foreign and domestic travel to the primary destination for the conduct of research, scholarly and creative activities. Awards normally are limited to lowest round-trip airfare. The Research Council Committee will also consider requests for funds for local travel. Requests for lodging and meal expense reimbursement at a modest level will be considered. Applicants should consult university policy in developing budget requests for travel expenses. Travel funding for participation in professional meetings, invited performances, or exhibitions is not covered by this program and cannot be requested here.
  • Other Expenses. Consumable supplies, permission fees, publication costs, copying costs, participant fees, and animal use costs will also be considered. Applicants are strongly encouraged to provide evidence that materials will be obtained at the lowest possible prices. These funds are not to be used to support campus or local conferences, meetings or symposiums. Book indexing costs are not supported. If incentives are included in your budget, please justify the need for incentives and for the level of incentive funding requested.
  • Other Sources of Funding: Does the completion of this project depend on funds from additional sources beyond Mizzou Advantage? If so, explain how the project will be completed in the event that these anticipated additional funds are not secured.

These awards are not to be used to fund expenses for research collaborators or Co-I(s) with external institutional affiliations. Mizzou Advantage research funding is NOT awarded for the preparation of textbooks, preparation of a course or portion of a course, or projects of an explicitly commercial nature.


Use only if relevant; reviewers are not required to review the Appendix. This section needs to be coded as Appendix. If applicable, this information will need to be uploaded to eFunding as a PDF.

If complex methodology, equations, statistical analysis, or artwork is the focus of the project, up to 2 additional documents may be included as an appendix. This must be placed at the end of the application. Do not use the appendix to circumvent the page limitations of the research plan. It is to the applicant’s advantage to use the appendix judiciously, because reviewers are not required to review the appendix or refer to materials in the appendix. An application must be able to stand on its own without the appendix.


This section needs to be coded as Compliance Paperwork. If applicable, this information will need to be uploaded to eFunding as a PDF.

All research must be conducted in compliance with federal and university regulations. We do NOT need the compliance letter(s) or e-mail(s) at the time of the application submission. Funds will not be released until notice of compliance approval is received in the Office of Research. A compliance approval letter or e-mail must be either e-mailed to (after award is made) or uploaded to eFunding (before award is made).

Application forms for the following committees can be found on the Office of Research website.

  • Human Subjects. Application information and forms may be obtained from the website listed above, from the Campus IRB coordinator (882-9585), or from the Health Sciences IRB coordinator (882-3181).
  • Animal Protocols. Application information and forms may be obtained from the website listed above or from the ACUC Coordinator (884-6758).
  • Export Controls. Any actual or deemed export of certain technology may be restricted by the Department of State or the Department of Commerce. Any involvement of non-U.S. citizens with restricted technology should be referred to the MU Office of Research (882-9500).

Application forms for the following committees can be found on the Environmental Health and Safety website:

  • Hazardous Materials. Authorization information may be obtained from the website listed above or from MU Office of Environmental Health and Safety (882-7018).
  • MU Research Reactor. Authorization information may be obtained from the website listed above or from the Radiation Safety Advisor (882-5226).
  • Radiation Safety. Authorization information may be obtained from the Radiation Safety Coordinator (882-7221).
  • rDNA/Biosafety Protocols. Authorization information may be obtained from the website listed above or from the rDNA/Biosafety Coordinator (882-7923). Note that possession of Select Agents is regulated through the MU Biosafety Committee.