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Advancing the Lives of the Missourians (ALMs) Research Grant

The HES Office of Research and Graduate Studies seeks research grant proposals that would solve biological, economic, social, and health problems related to food, fiber, agricultural, and rural communities to improve Missourians’ lives. All HES units and faculty (both Tenure Track and non-Tenure Track) are eligible for this grant. We encourage proposals that include cross-disciplinary problem solving and responsiveness to emerging issues. This grant is funded from MU AES under the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture initiatives and this call seeks short-term research projects that will help achieve one or more of the AES research initiatives—seeking the most effective use possible of the Missouri’s natural resource base, including the resources of people, communities, families, producers, and consumers. The results of this research should lead to the submission of external grant proposals and other forms of research funding, and the increased faculty productivity, research quality, and scholarship activity. For 2017-2018, Office of Research and Graduate Studies will fund up to 4 proposals (up to $5,000 per proposal).

Proposal Guidelines

  1. This competition is open to all HES tenure-track and non-tenure track faculty.
  2. Individual HES investigator may participate in more than one proposal but should serve as “lead coordinator” on only a single application. 
  3. Faculty who have received the award in the past are welcome to apply for additional projects as long as all funds from previous projects have been spent and final reports completed.
  • November 1, 2016:Call announcement
  • March 10, 2017: Applications due
  • May 1, 2017: Awards announced
  • July 1, 2017: Project period begins
  • December 31, 2017: Mid-project report due
  • June 30, 2018: Project period ends
  • December 31, 2018: Final report due
  1. Grants will be managed in combination amongst PI’s units, the R&GS Office, and MU AES office. Any funds not used by June 30, 2018, will revert back to the HES Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies.
  2. The PI will meet with the HES Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies mid-year for a project update and will submit the final report on the project by December 31, 2017. The format of the final report will be shared once the grantee is selected.

By due date, please provide one electronic copy to Derek Parker (parkerdere@missouri.edu) in the HES Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies.

Applications should comprise the following:

  1. Cover letter (a total of 3 pages) signed by all HES investigator(s) and their unit chair(s). Download cover letter form (DOC).
  2. Proposal (up to 7 pages excluding references). Download proposal guidelines (PDF).

Proposals will be reviewed by a committee consisting of the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, HES Associate Dean for Extension, and CAFNR Associate Dean for Research and Extension.

  1. Significance of problem
  2. Relationship to wider AES research agendas and priorities in HES and MU
  3. Feasibility of calendar year goals and activities
  4. Potential to generate research funding, scholarship, and creative activity
  5. Potential for career enhancement