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Campus resources

The university offers a variety of resources and partnerships ranging all the way from research to prototype development.

Coulter Translational Partnership

The mission of the Coulter Translational Partnership (TP) Program at the University of Missouri is to increase the capacity and the pace of biomedical innovation that ultimately benefits patients and society by addressing unmet clinical needs. Bridge Funding awarded under the TP program is focused on bringing biomedical engineering solutions to the point at which they become attractive for follow-on funding to advance in the translational process. This is accomplished by de-risking proposed projects in aspects such as intellectual property and market opportunity, identifying and engaging early with potential partners with financing and product development capabilities, and then funding specific determinative experiments in a disciplined, managed process. This approach is based on the Stage-Gate® process and similar approaches used widely in industry.


Missouri Innovation Center

Missouri Innovation Center focuses on the translation of research innovations into technologies, products, processes, and new ventures that benefit society.


Mizzou Advantage

Mizzou Advantage offers resources for professional development, visiting scholars, student travel, and much more. Click the link to learn what is available to you as a faculty member, staff member, or student. You can also read about external large-scale interdisciplinary opportunities and the Mizzou Center, MU’s presence in Blue Springs, as well as Mizzou Advantage hiring opportunities.


Mizzou Engineering Rapid Prototyping

Mizzou’s College of Engineering’s Prototype Development Facility offers state-of-the-art technology for both academics and industries alike. MU’s purchase of 4, high quality, 3D printers have allowed the CoE to excel as one of the leaders in prototype development. MU’s Prototype Development facilities offers incredible opportunities with both speed and affordable costs.


MU Life Science Incubator

Our mission is economic development and our overall objective is to form a technology industry cluster in mid-Missouri. We accomplish that by creating and attracting new technology ventures. Technology ventures create high-paying jobs and attract capital investment. They have a large and positive impact on the economy and quality of life in the communities where they are located.


MU Office of Technology Management and Industry Relations

The dissemination and application of knowledge and innovation is central to the mission of any great research institution. Technology Transfer is a core component of that mission. The Office of Technology Management and Industry Relations (OTMIR) works to identify, assess, protect and market commercially viable intellectual property developed at The University of Missouri. It promotes economic development by facilitating the commercialization of intellectual property through a variety of innovative mechanisms.


MU Small Business and Technology Development Center

Our goal is to assist entrepreneurs, including University faculty, with pre-venture, start-up or existing business with financial management, marketing, technology and product development and commercialization issues.


MU Unions Entrepreneurial Program

The Unions Entrepreneurial program, supported by the Missouri Student Unions, was established to nurture creativity among MU students while allowing them a high-traffic venue in the MU Student Center to fulfill their entrepreneurial endeavors. The goal of the program is to promote student entrepreneurship at the University of Missouri. The program will help connect innovative students with the resources they need to execute and operate an original business idea. The program will include components such as finance, management and marketing to nurture the entrepreneurial skills of students.


Reynolds Journalism Institute

The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute works with citizens, journalists and researchers to strengthen democracy through better journalism. RJI seeks out the most exciting new ideas, tests them with real-world experiments, uses social science research to assess their effectiveness and delivers solutions that citizens and journalists can put to use in their own communities


The Entrepreneurship Project

This project is a training program to help people get started in their own production agriculture business.  This project is funded by a grant from the US Department of Agriculture’s Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

The Entrepreneurship Project is built around three concepts:

  1. The entrepreneurial process can be learned in the classroom and through experiential learning.
  2. The basic knowledge in finance, marketing and governance that is needed to create and sustain a new venture can be successfully learned in four intensive one-week modules.
  3. Aspiring entrepreneurs learn by interacting with innovative entrepreneurs who have innovative businesses. Each module will have a full day of on-site interactions with successful entrepreneurs.


UM Office of Academic Affairs - Research & Economic Development

Our goal is to link research and commercialization from the four University of Missouri System campuses with emerging and existing firms across the state and around the world. Working closely with the chief research officers, chancellors and technology transfer offices from each campus, the office also serves as a conduit to local, state and federal partners to ensure research results aid the growth of Missouri’s economy. We strive to grow our research and economic development efforts and output as to improve our industry competitiveness using university innovations and becoming the driving force behind research and economic development for the state of Missouri.

The office’s vision is to enable and lead Missouri’s transformation toward a knowledge-based economy dependent upon innovation and entrepreneurship. 


Advancement, Corporate Relations

The University of Missouri works with business and industry partners, a relationship that creates significant benefits for both parties. The university benefits from scholarship donations, facility improvements, post-graduate employment of students and more. In return, corporations gain ties to the state's premier land-grant research university, access to pertinent research, attraction of the university's world class workforce, the ability to play a lead role in the state's economic development, and much more.

Contact Mark Thomas, Executive Director for Advancement, Corporate & Foundation Relations:

Center for Intellectual Property & Entrepreneurship

The University of Missouri School of Law’s Center for Intellectual Property & Entrepreneurship provides clinical opportunities for students to work with small and start-up business clients, promotes faculty symposia and scholarship in all areas involving law and innovation, and develops curricular and extracurricular programming to prepare law students to participate in entrepreneurial and innovation communities. The center also supports the law school’s Office of Career Development in identifying externships, summer positions and full-time jobs within the center’s focus area, and collaborates with campus and community members to generate resources that will increase and promote innovation and entrepreneurship throughout the region.

Contact: Laura Coleman,