About Us


Dr. Tom Spencer

MU Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development

Welcome to the Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED) at the University of Missouri.

Our office works to enable the University’s research and economic development missions and to ensure that researchers can be successful in the research enterprise at Mizzou. 

As an active researcher, I am hoping this perspective and leadership will help me to identify opportunities for growing our efforts and enhancing research innovations. Currently, ORED oversees compliance and export controls, facilities security, the Office of Sponsored Programs Administration and resources related to human and animal subjects. Through our other programs, ORED continues to invest in our existing faculty by providing the resources, support and training needed to enable professional development, large interdisciplinary project grant support, innovation technology development and implementation, and Core Facilities support. 

MU Economic Development is dedicated to building strategic collaborations with industry and business partners that allow us to grow research and service contracts while enhancing internships, job placements and the entrepreneurial ecosystem. This office also oversees Technology Advancement at MU. 

The University of Missouri fosters our research-focused academic ecosystem through campus-wide interdisciplinary research centers including the NextGen Precision Health building slated to open in October 2021.

Please feel free to contact me or members of the staff to find out more about our vision and strategic plan, our organizational structure or the impactful research being conducted at MU.

Tom Spencer
MU Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development


Last Updated: August 30, 2021