Internal Funding

MU Extension Seed Grant Program

The University of Missouri is a Research Intensive institution and member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. Increasing the amount of research expenditures is foundational to our mission. MU Extension has a critical role to play in this mission. Strategic Goal One’s charge is to Enhance MU Extension's integration with research to ensure reliable and trusted educational solutions. To accomplish this, we are offering seed funding to MU researchers who have projects that: 1) aligned with MU Extension’s Strategic Plan Goal One’s mission and goals; 2) can help build collaborations and partnerships with MU Extension; and 3) have potential to lead to externally funded grants. Individual faculty members or teams may submit proposals; at least one investigator on the team should be a campus or regional faculty member with an MU Extension appointment. Applicants may request up to $25,000 through the seed program, although most grant awards administered through MU Extension will be smaller than this maximum request value. Projects should be one year in duration.

Proposal Format

Proposals should include the following:

  • Title page with abstract (300 words or less)
  • Project Narrative (no more than 5 pages single spaced, not including the title page)
  • References
  • Letter of Collaboration from MU Extension professional

The title page should include the project title and names and contact information for all investigators. The project narrative should include a detailed discussion of the intellectual merit and broader impacts of the proposed work—including goals, objectives, methods, and expected outcomes.

Send complete proposals as a single PDF document to Dr. Marcia Shannon ( by October 1, 2016.


  • May, 2016 — Announcement of Funding
  • Oct. 1, 2016 — Proposal Submission Deadline
  • Nov. 1, 2016 — Communication of Funding Decisions

Review Process

Proposals review by the MU Extension Strategic Goal One Committee and designated others. Awards made based on reviewer feedback and availability of funds. The following criteria used to review proposals:

  • Project Focus — the extent to which the proposal articulates important problems or issues relevant to the state of Missouri and proposed methods are appropriate for addressing the identified issues.
  • Alignment with MU Extension’s Strategic Plan to Enhancing MU Extension's integration with research to ensure reliable and trusted educational solutions.
  • Expected Outcomes — what outcomes will the project likely yield in terms of new knowledge, partnerships, publications, and/or educational engagement? What is the potential for this work to obtain further external funding?

Award Administration

Faculty who receive seed funding will work with the MU Extension Assistant Vice Provost for administration of the award. All awardees must submit a final report within three months of project end; which includes activities, outcomes, and an accounting of project expenses.


Last Updated: August 10, 2016