Tech Advancement

Calling All Mizzou Faculty: Tell Us About the Great Things You’ve Invented

Invention Disclosure Form

Invention Disclosure Tip Sheet

Software Disclosure Form

Mobile App Disclosure Form

At its core, innovation is about solving problems, and as MU researchers have demonstrated again and again, there are as many ways to innovate as there are problems to solve.

“One of the best ways to accelerate the benefits of research and ensure your work has a lasting impact is by translating discoveries into new products and services,” said Lisa Lorenzen, MU assistant vice chancellor of technology advancement. “Each year, Mizzou faculty disclose about 100 new inventions that have possible commercial value, but we know there’s a lot more brain power and ingenuity in our research community that we aren’t tapping.”

The commercialization process begins when faculty and staff inventors submit a confidential Invention Disclosure Form to MU’s Technology Advancement Office (TAO). The submission, essentially a detailed description, officially notifies the university about a new invention. See one-page tip sheet for what to expect after TAO receives the form.

“Our goal is to make the tech transfer process more efficient and easier for you,” Lorenzen said. “My team actively works to match Mizzou technologies to the needs of industry partners. We are always interested in learning about new innovations and we can help you fill out your disclosure form.”

Contact TAO at 573-882-6013 or for more information.


Take advantage of time away from the lab during COVID-19 by telling us about the great things you’ve invented. And, who knows, our current upheaval and confinement could generate even more Mizzou innovations. Afterall, when the plague shut London down in the early 1600s, Shakespeare wrote King Lear, Macbeth and Antony and Cleopatra. Fifty years later during another bout of plague, Sir Isaac Newton developed his theories on calculus, optics and the laws of motion and gravity.





Last Updated: April 24, 2020