About Us


Dr. Henry C. Foley, Senior Vice Chancellor for Research, Graduate Studies and Economic Development

Welcome to the Research Division of the University of Missouri!

Our division works to ensure that the University’s research, instruction, service, and economic development missions are continually advanced by faculty and student discovery, creativity, innovation and scholarship.

We do this by:

  • Actively supporting the research, discovery, creation, scholarship and economic development activities of MU's faculty, students and staff.
  • Endeavoring to create a research-centered academic ecosystem; one that not only fosters connections between MU research and all of the institution's other activities, but also creates a broader foundation for research support among internal and external stakeholders.
  • Striving to grow and financially sustain MU's research enterprise.

We perform a number of critical functions to advance these objectives. These include overseeing research compliance relating to federal, state, and local regulations regarding sponsored projects, as well issues relating to the use of human subjects or animals in research; managing internal funds to invest in seeding research; and protecting, managing, marketing and commercializing MU's intellectual property.

Furthermore, we actively promote the value and outcomes of MU research and scholarship by direct public outreach via sophisticated, user-friendly print and digital communications.

One of MU's special attributes is its culture of interdisciplinary cooperation. The Office of Research contributes to this aspect of MU’s intellectual culture by overseeing and supporting several campus-wide interdisciplinary research centers.

Please feel free to contact me or any of my staff to find out more about the Office of Research, our strategic plans, our organizational structure, or the exciting research and scholarly activities ongoing at MU.

Robert Duncan's Signature
Henry C. Foley, PhD
Senior Vice Chancellor for Research, Graduate Studies and Economic Development