Research Interest Groups (RIGs)

Research Interest Groups (RIGs), an MU faculty-led grassroots effort, connects multidisciplinary investigators and scientists to national funding agency opportunities for developing large-scale, competitive research proposals.

Research Development Network

Tap into a network of research development professionals with a range of expertise who can improve the quality of your proposal. 

Research Development Network

The Research Development Network (RDN) includes research development professionals in various divisions, departments and units across campus. Members offer a broad range of educational backgrounds, technical expertise and agency-specific knowledge that others can tap to improve the quality of proposal development activities. The Network meets monthly to share resources, information and talent; support each other’s professional development; forge interdisciplinary collaborations; and advance MU’s extramural funding agenda. You are encouraged to reach out to your unit's research development professional.

Research Interest Groups (RIGs)

Research Interest Groups (RIGs) are a grass-roots effort by MU faculty to bring together multidisciplinary investigators and scientists to increase success through team building and collaborations. The goal of the RIGs is to connect research groups with specific funding opportunities and to develop large-scale, competitive research and proposals to submit to national funding agencies. To join a RIG, search the RIGs database with descriptions and contact information.

UM Scholars

The University of Missouri System has developed a public-facing website for identifying collaborators by research or focus area. The Academic Analytics website, called UM Scholars, allows researchers to search systemwide by name or research topic.

Competitive Intelligence

Competitive intelligence, a specialized service of Research Analytics, is the collection and analysis of information to inform decision-making and strategic planning at MU. Understanding sponsor priorities and trends can help you in developing more successful proposals. Request more information.


iThenticate is text recognition software that checks a manuscript or proposal against published literature to identify both legitimate duplication (e.g., literature citations) and inappropriate use of text (e.g., plagiarism, redundant publication). 

Intellectual property and commercialization

Receive idea refinement, patentability feedback and resources to advance early-stage innovations from our Technology Advancement office.

Proposal development resources

Learn from previously funded proposals

Sponsored Programs Administration can facilitate a request to obtain copies of previously funded grant proposals.

Grant Fact Sheet

The Grant Fact Sheet contains required information for grant proposals, including contact information, business officers, tax exempt status, legislative districts, facilities and administrative rates and more.

Will you be sharing your research with outside collaborators?

Make sure to have a nondisclosure, data use or material transfer agreement in place before you share confidential or unpublished research, data or materials with an outside collaborator. Contact us with questions or request an agreement.

Will you be working with animal or human subjects?

  • Determine if your study will need IRB approval and learn about the process for working with human subjects.

  • Access human subjects consent templates.

  • Find animal research resources.

    • Animal research grants and contracts information frequently requested by funding agencies:

      • Animal Welfare/PHS Assurance No. D16-00249

      • USDA Registration No. 43R0048

      • AAALAC Unit No. 487

      • Most recent AAALAC site visit date: 3/8/21

      • Most recent AAALAC accreditation date: 6/23/21

      • Initial AAALAC accreditation date: 5/23/79

MU inventor rights and responsibilities

MU employees must formally disclose their inventions to the Office of Technology Advancement as stated in the University of Missouri Collected Rules and Regulations, section 100.020.

Do you need to disclose an invention?

Download Invention Disclosure Form.

Recorded sessions and resources

Browse our growing library of recorded webinars.

More professional development resources

Interested in commercializing an idea?

Participate in a National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps) training program.

MU’s Technology Advancement office can help you:

Data resources


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