University of Missouri
Research & Creative Works

Historically, research has been one of MU’s strengths. However, there is room for improvement in research measurement in comparison to peer institutions. MU aims to recruit talented graduate students and faculty and support them in pursuit of their research projects.

Our culture will embrace support of our students, our faculty and our staff to contribute to our impactful scholarship and give them the opportunity to pursue creative and innovative projects. All will see MU as a place where they can be mentored and build their own foundations for success.

Goals and Strategies

Create a culture of scholarship excellence through incentive, recognition and advancement programs for faculty, staff and students.
  • Faculty working group will recommend future incentive programs for fiscal year 2020.
  • Celebrate and award faculty achievements.
  • Support faculty, staff and students’ research efforts through continuous education, research and professional development leave options, expert grant reviews, and supporting library resources.
  • Launch the Artist in Residence program for emerging artists to showcase creative works.
  • Include contributions to creative works, entrepreneurship and interdisciplinary collaboration in promotion and tenure review.
  • Deans will develop and implement focused growth plans for research and creative works in each college or school, including one-, three- and five-year scholarship goals.
  • Launch the Office of Instuitional Effectiveness to coordinate data-informed decision-making in research.
  • Launch the Office on Research Advancement to develop large research grants and coordinate grant writing.
  • Develop strategic hiring plan for 300 faculty members by 2023 to contribute to growth of federal research funding, national awards, and student experience.
Create development, communications and engagement strategies to support faculty, staff and students involved in scholarship.
  • Through advancement, establish partnerships between research and industry/alumni networks.
  • Improve communications of faculty scholarship and grant stories.
  • Identify new approaches to outreach and engagement outside of the classroom (i.e. Excellence in Engagement and Outreach compact).
  • Cultivate relationships with state and federal government via UM System Government Relations.
  • Encourage student entrepreneurs and startup businesses by redeveloping the Office of Economic Development.
Double federal and industry research funding by 2023.
  • Secure three to five national centers to double research expenditures by 2023.
  • Leverage faculty to pursue Institute for Nano and Molecular Innovations.
  • Open the Translational Precision Medicine Complex in 2021, which will provide collaborative research for students and faculty in engineering, medicine, agriculture, arts and science, veterinary medicine and other areas.
  • Emphasize research strengths in the areas of oncology, vascular disease and neurological diseases.
Identify and capitalize on areas where collaboration can drive excellence.
  • Faculty collaboration across all campuses through the Precision Medicine Initiative and the Precision Medicine Complex as well as searchable databases connecting research interests.
  • Collaboration with other Missouri universities and build relationships to further regional and worldwide initiatives.