Research and
Public Service

Annual Report of Grants and Contracts

photo of Mark A. McIntosh

MU Research: Encouraging Growth and New Opportunities

by Mark A. McIntosh
Interim Vice Chancellor for Research, Graduate Studies and Economic Development

The FY 2015 research-and-development expenditures report provides an overall positive outlook for MU, while indicating room for continued improvement.

Internal research investments and extramural funding agencies generated more than $246 million in spending by faculty scientists and scholars at MU, a healthy four-percent increase over the previous fiscal year.

Newly awarded federal dollars, most coming in the form of highly competitive grants from federal agencies, saw significant increases for both sponsored researchand instruction and public service. And though federal research expenditures were slightly lower for FY2015 than the previous year, federal research awards showed a 4.8 percentage increase.

This measure, and expanded efforts for strategic faculty recruitment, are expected to invigorate growth in research and educational opportunities in the coming years.

Since becoming interim vice chancellor, I have worked to continue such progress.

Among my priorities for ensuring continued advancement is more fully integrating our graduate studies and economic development missions into the research enterprise. Our graduate students, for example, provide the engine that drives our research productivity, offering fresh perspectives as they assist faculty with teaching and research.

It is also vitally important that we continue to build and maintain a strong economic development infrastructure.

An indication of progress on this front is that the University’s number of active options and licenses — a measure of the rate at which MU research findings are moving into the marketplace — was at an all-time high in FY2015. And licensing income is continuing to increase, buoyed by a major licensing settlement. This funding has already provided important new opportunities to invest millions of dollars into the aging MU technology infrastructure across the many MU disciplines.

I believe, and hope you’ll agree, that this report shows opportunities to move us forward in each of these areas. Today, more than ever, we have to be well-positioned to maximize MU’s already considerable value, both intellectually and economically, to the citizens of Missouri and the nation.

Externally Sponsored Grants & Contracts


During the previous fiscal year, MU scientists and scholars maintained high levels of sponsored research and instruction and public service support from a variety of external sponsors.

*includes both Research and Development and Instruction & Public Service funding.


FY 2015 Total Awards By Sponsor

FY 2015 Total Awards By Sponsor

FY 2015 Total Expenditures By Sponsor

FY 2015 Total Expenditures By Sponsor


Research and Development Expenditures

A comparison including data reported to the National Science Foundation

  FY 2011 FY 2012 FY 2013 FY 2014 FY 2015
NSF Report 1 $230,957,153 $239,810,000 $236,423,000 $237,266,000 $246,684,000
Report on Research
and Public Service
$133,873,878 $133,836,661 $133,140,330 $117,990,786 $115,264,355

1 National Science Foundation expenditure data are calculated to include both internal and external funding for research. They exclude certain activities, such as clinical trials, in which an external entity specifies an experimental protocol. For moreinformation, visit

2 Includes only externally-funded MU research activities.



Technology Management

MU’s Office of Technology Management and Industry Relations (OTMIR) works to create value for tomorrow by helping faculty to identify, assess, protect and market commercially viable intellectual property developed at the University.

Licensing Income from MU Inventions
Licensing Income from MU Inventions bar chart 
Active Options/Licenses
Active Options/Licenses bar chart  
New Invention Disclosures
New Invention Disclosures bar chart 
Applications Filed/Patents Issued
Applications Filed/Patents Issued bar chart 


Cores of Discovery

Nine Research Core Facilities at the University Missouri provide an important support for researchers working to advance a varietyof important scientific, scholarly and therapeutic goals. New equipment purchases, funded in part thorough patent and licensing revenueearned in FY2015, will significantly advance their work. Six examples from two core facilities are detailed below. You’ll find links to digital resources from all of MU’s core research facilities at


photo of Wohlwend high pressure freezer

High pressurefreezer(WohlwendCompact 02)

Before complex cellular structures can be examined via electron microscopy, they are typically frozen in place using a process called cryo-fixation. This new machine allows technicians to immobilize samples in milliseconds ensuring that fragile macromolecular components remain intact.


photo of Cryoultramicrotome (Leica EM-FC7)

Cryoultramicrotome(Leica EM-FC7)

Materials examined in microscopy, whether tissue samples, microchips or nanoparticles, need to be sliced very, very thinly. This new ultramicrotome will, according to its manufacturer, Leica Microsystems, “produce section thicknesses between 20 nm and 2.5μm at temperatures down to -185°C.”


photo of Focused-ion beam scanning electron microscope (FIBSEM)

Focused-ionbeam scanningelectronmicroscope(FIBSEM)

By focusing a stream of ions rather than electrons, FIB scanning microscopes enable scientists to process nano-scale samples with great precision. This machine, from Zeiss, combines “3D imaging technology...with the ability of a focused ion beam for material processing.”



photo of 3-Color, 3D STED imaging (Leica TCS SP8 STED 3x)

3-Color, 3DSTED imaging (Leica TCSSP8 STED 3x)

By using dual laser beams to simultaneously stimulate fluorescent molecules to glow while canceling out fluorescence in a nano-sized background area, this super-resolution scanning microscope allows researchers to observe previously invisible structures in cells.


Photo of GSD Microscope System (Leica SR GSD 3D)

GSD MicroscopeSystem (Leica SRGSD 3D)

Ground State Depletion (GSD) works by using lasers to turn on and off fluorescent photons. Alternating between “excitation and depletion” of samples allows cell biologists to produce stunningly detailed live-cell images in both two and three dimensions.


photo of DLS Confocal Microscope System (Leica TCS SP8 DLS)

DLS ConfocalMicroscopeSystem (LeicaTCS SP8 DLS)

This sophisticated digital light-sheet (DLS) confocal microscope combines two common imaging systems to help researchers “follow sensitive developing organisms… over long time periods and to understand how tissue and organs form in real time and 3D.”



Sponsored Research and Development

Expenditures Remain Robust, Awards Totals See Gains

Sponsored research expenditures at the University of Missouri remained flat in FY 2015, totaling just over $115 million. Dollars awarded [not pictured] saw gains, however, increasing from $116.8 million to $118.5 million.

As in previous years, expenditures generated from federal sources accounted for the bulk of sponsored research funding. Federal sponsored research expenditures came in at $91.5 million, a slight decline from last year’s total.

Faculty scientists and scholars working in medicine, arts and science, agriculture, and engineering accounted for more than half of all sponsored-research expenditures. The College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, at just over $31 million, retained its place as MU’s expenditure leader.


Total Sponsored Research Expenditures $115,264,355

Total Sponsored Research Expenditures $115,264,355 pie chart

Federal Research Awards, in millions
Federal Research Awards, in millions bar chart


Federal Research Expenditures, in millions
Federal Research Expenditures, in millions bar chart
Sponsored Research Division Expenditures, FY2015
College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources $31,297,308
School of Medicine $24,306,736
College of Arts & Science $18,401,426
College of Engineering $13,629,000
College of Veterinary Medicine $9,242,046
Sinclair School of Nursing $5,004,886
College of Education $4,820,600
Dalton Cardiovascular Research Center $3,610,429
School of Health Professions $1,049,032
Research Reactor $992,111
College of Human Environmental Sciences $732,428
Truman School of Public Affairs $591,141
Thompson Center $554,343
Office of the Provost $361,164
MU Extension $250,248
School of Journalism $200,603
Office of Research $121,876
University of Missouri System $64,182
MU Health Care (Hospital) $19,330
Trulaske School of Business $15,220
other $246
TOTALS $115,264,355


Instruction & Public Service

IPS Expenditure and Awards Totals Both Show Gains Over the Previous Fiscal Year

Instruction and Public Service expenditures tallied just over $78.1 million in FY 2015, a 2.5 percent increase over last year’s totals. Newly awarded IPS funds [not pictured] were also up significantly, increasing to $102.8 million, a 20 percent rise above last year’s $85.1 million total.

As in previous years, the federal government was the largest single sponsor of University instruction and public service activity in FY 2015, providing some 43 percent of total expenditures and nearly 76 percent of newly awarded funds. MU Extension once again accounted for the largest share of externally funded IPS expenditures. The College of Education’s total of more than $11.3 million was the college’s highest ever, up significantly over its FY 2014 total of $7.4 million.


Total Instruction & Public Service Expenditures $78,102,265

image of Total Instruction and Public Service Expenditures $78,102,265

Federal IPS Awards, in millions
Federal IPS Awards bar graph


Federal IPS Expenditures, in millions
Federal IPS Expenditures bar graph
Instruction & Public Service Division Expenditures, FY2015
MU Extension $21,754,579
School of Medicine $13,184,669
College of Education $11,324,892
College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources $9,547,661
College of Arts & Science $4,318,232
College of Human Environmental Sciences $4,065,746
College of Engineering $2,279,736
Thompson Center $1,654,303
Research Reactor $1,215,510
School of Health Professions $1,130,392
Sinclair School of Nursing $1,170,757
Office of the Provost $1,046,147
Office of Research $1,019,372
Student Affairs $1,001,335
College of Veterinary Medicine $909,916
Truman School of Public Affairs $590,145
MU Libraries $429,098
School of Journalism $386,831
MU Health Care (Hospital) $98,010
other $974,934
TOTALS $78,102,265