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Mizzou Advantage Interdisciplinary Research Grants: Application Process — Phase II: Letters of Intent

This phase of the process is designed to identify and advance the most meritorious projects that fit within the core of The Mizzou Advantage and/campus strategic priorities for full proposal consideration. Learn more about MU’s strategic plan.

In preparing the letter of intent (LOIs) we encourage research teams/individual researchers to visit with the relevant Mizzou Advantage facilitator(s) should any questions arise regarding the criteria/documents listed below.

LOI Required Components

LOIs must include:

  1. Completed cover sheet (.docx)
  2. Project summary (not to exceed 3 single-spaced pages with standard 12 point font and 1” margins) describing the intellectual merit and broader impacts of the proposed project, as well as its connections to the Mizzou Advantage initiative. This discussion should include the overall hypothesis or goal(s), specific objectives, approach and expected outcomes of the project including, where appropriate, how this research will be leveraged by both the PI and all listed Co-Investigators for peer-reviewed publications and subsequent submissions for specific competitive extramural funding. It should also indicate possible future/current external collaborations with foundations, businesses, and/or individuals who may be interested in the research.
  3. Letter of support from the PI’s and all Co-Investigator’s department chairs or divisional leader(s) substantiating that the project furthers the college/unit/department’s strategic goals and priorities.

Evaluation Criteria

The following core criteria must be present and abundantly clear within the LOI. These core criteria will be used by the Mizzou Advantage Facilitators to determine if the project meets the essential standards meriting consideration of a full proposal by the Research Council Committee:

LOIs that meet/exceed the above basic criteria may receive additional feedback from the Mizzou Advantage Facilitators. Such recommendations are just that, recommendations. The intent is to use the review process to build more robust and innovative teams and projects.


LOI packets, including cover pages, summaries, and letters of support, must be received by LeAnne Stewart at no later than April 7, 2017. A confirmation receipt will be sent once all materials have been received. All LOIs will be evaluated by May 1, 2017 and determinations communicated to applicants at that time. Deadlines for receipt of full Mizzou Advantage Interdisciplinary Research Grants to the Research Council Committee (one deadline in the fall and one deadline in the spring) will be communicated at that time as well.