Research in Translation
by Mark A. McIntosh
Vice Chancellor for Research, Graduate Studies and Economic Development
Faculty and student researchers at the University of Missouri’s four campuses have long been leaders in moving scientific breakthroughs from the laboratory to the marketplace. Today this process of commercializing discoveries, in some contexts referred to as “translational” research, has become an increasingly important component in efforts to jump-start Missouri’s knowledge-driven economy. Here at MU, my colleagues and I at the Office of Research, Graduate Studies and Economic Development have spent much of FY 2017 working closely with UM System President Mun Choi and MU Chancellor Alexander Cartwright on a number of initiatives aimed at enhancing Mizzou’s already robust research enterprise.
Among the most exciting of these involves planning for a new, $200 million to $250 million facility for translational precision medicine, a research complex engineered to speed the pace at which laboratory and clinical advances become transformational products and services. (You can learn more about the proposed TPMC in the center section of this report.) We are also investing in new resources designed to bring to MU larger, multi-investor research grants; we are working to establish three to five new NIH-funded national research centers; and we are incentivizing student and faculty researchers who choose to focus their investigations on developing solutions to challenges specific to Missouri.
As part of this renewed commitment to translational research, we will also boost our hands-on training and support for faculty and students who seek to market their discoveries. We will assist, for example, in helping them connect with experienced investors, industry leaders and corporate partners. As these relationships flourish, our staff will be there to providing both managerial and technology-transfer assistance.
Such support and enhancements will be built atop a strong foundation of research and development success. During fiscal year 2017, for example, federally funded research and instruction and public service expenditures totaled more than $167 million, a gain of close to $10 million over the previous fiscal year. In addition, our new invention disclosures, patent applications filed, and new patents issued — statistics that indicate the rate at which MU research findings are already moving into the marketplace — all showed significant increases.
I believe, and I hope you’ll agree, that these gains and initiatives portent a bright future for MU’s expanding research enterprise, and that during this past fiscal year, as every year, our scientific, scholarly and educational achievements have served as an indispensable asset to the citizens of Missouri, the nation and the world.
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.
FY 2017 Total Awards By Sponsor
FY 2017 Total Expenditures By Sponsor
*Combined Research and IPS funding. Includes federal flow-through dollars.
Research and Development Expenditures
A comparison including data reported to the National Science Foundation
|FY 2013||FY 2014||FY 2015||FY 2016||FY 2017|
|NSF Report 1||$236,423,000||$237,266,000||$246,684,000||$248,300,000||$253,952,000|
|Report on Research
and Public Service 2
1 National Science Foundation expenditure data are calculated to include both internal and external funding for research. For more information, visit nsf.gov.
2 Includes only externally-funded MU research activities.
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
New Invention Disclosures
Applications Filed/Patents Issued
Sponsored Research and Development
Federal Expenditure and Award Totals Point To Sustained Growth
Sponsored research and development expenditures at the University of Missouri remained virtually unchanged from FY16’s total of just under $120 million. Dollars awarded in FY17 showed a modest decline, from $132.2 million to $126.7 million. As in previous years, expenditures generated from federal sources accounted for the bulk of sponsored-research funding. Federal expenditures came in at $103 million, an increase of more than $1.3 million over 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 $32 million, again retained its place as MU’s expenditure leader.
Total Sponsored Research Expenditures $119,241,185
Federal Research Awards, in millions
Federal Research Expenditures, in millions
|College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources||$32,954,897|
|School of Medicine||$28,776,139|
|College of Arts & Science||$19,956,140|
|College of Engineering||$10,372,513|
|College of Veterinary Medicine||$9,121,464|
|Sinclair School of Nursing||$5,288,051|
|Office of Research||$4,379,103|
|College of Education||$4,247,434|
|School of Health Professions||$1,694,277|
|College of Human Environmental Sciences||$1,403,501|
|Office of the Provost||$410,010|
|School of Journalism||$197,415|
|MU Health Care (Hospital)||$22,202|
|Trulaske School of Business||$7,753|
|Information & Access Tech Services||$7,696|
|School of Law||$1,622|
Instruction & Public Service
IPS Expenditures and Awards Each Show Strength In FY2017
Instruction and Public Service expenditures totaled more than $86 million in FY 2017, an 11 percent increase from the previous fiscal year. Newly awarded IPS funds declined against FY16’s five-year high of $93.9 million, falling to $81.9 million.As in previous years, the federal government was the largest single sponsor of University instruction and public service activity in FY 2017, providing some 72 percent of total expenditures and more than half 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 $15.6 million topped the college’s previous all-time high of $11.3 million.
Total Instruction & Public Service Expenditures $86,199,365
Federal IPS Awards, in millions
Federal IPS Expenditures, in millions
|College of Education||$15,634,268|
|School of Medicine||$10,046,168|
|Office of Research||$7,368,328|
|College of Human Environmental Sciences||$6,364,603|
|College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources||$6,353,227|
|Office of the Provost||$5,356,949|
|College of Arts & Science||$3,724,560|
|College of Engineering||$3,073,794|
|Sinclair School of Nursing||$1,484,051|
|School of Health Professions||$1,167,939|
|College of Veterinary Medicine||$847,820|
|School of Journalism||$742,980|
|School of Law||$102,589|
|MU Health Care (Hospital)||$36,003|
|Trulaske School of Business||$1,035|