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 MU Research Development Network 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.


MU IDEAS labs are based on a model established at the National Science Foundation. It is an intensive, interactive brainstorming environment where multidisciplinary researchers get together to engage with each other and develop collaborative, data-driven research proposals around a central theme around targeted research opportunities. IDEAS Labs are held throughout the year and are initiated mainly by the RIGs and ORED.

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Flash Talks

Flash talks are very short presentations where participants introduce a scientific concept or idea in a way that’s understandable by others outside the area of expertise. RIGs are encouraged to schedule Flash Talks to kick off their periodic meetings. 

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Online Collaborative Resources

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 successful proposals to external agencies.

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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). 

Find funding for those in-between times

Internal funding resources can help bridge the funding gap between sponsored projects.

Intellectual property and commercialization

MU's Office of Technology Advancement can help you refine your ideas by providing patentability feedback and resources to advance early-stage innovations.

Proposal development resources

Award Purpose Determination Guide

Use this information to assist you in determining the correct codes for entry into the Peoplesoft Grants Module while preparing your Proposal Signature Routing Sheet (ePSRS).

Funded proposal request form

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 materials or information?

To share confidential information or materials with an outside collaborator, contact OSPA at or 573-882-0275 for Nondisclosure or Material Transfer agreements. Only authorized university administrators can execute these agreements.

If you are sharing with an international entity or sending materials outside the U.S. or its territories, OSPA will work with Export Controls for additional guidance.

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.

  • Learn about animal research.

    • 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.

Self-paced professional development resources

More professional development resources

Interested in commercializing an idea?

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

MU’s Office of Technology Advancement can help you:

Data resources

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