Research Opportunties

Available research opportunities for funding

Ozark Biomedical Initiative Request for Proposals 

We are pleased to announce a fifth round of seed funding for collaborative biomedical research between Phelps
Health and Missouri S&T. Seed funding is intended for the purpose of generating preliminary data to support
external requests for research funding.
You are invited to submit a research proposal to this funding opportunity. Proposals must be related to human
health and medicine. Human subjects research must obtain IRB approval prior to study initiation.


Research proposal deadline: All proposals must be received by June 4, 2021.
Maximum funding amount: $20,000
Maximum research time frame: July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022.


Proposal Preparation:
1. General: Margins no less than ½”; Black font no smaller than 11 pt.; Arial or Times New Roman font.

2. Title page (1 page): List proposal title and team members. The research team must include a full-time
Missouri S&T faculty member and Phelps Health professional staff member. Contact information
including address, phone, and email should be provided for all investigators.

3. Project Narrative (3 pages): The project narrative should discuss project significance, the specific aim(s)
of the project, a brief description of the research methodology and approach, relevant references, and
external funding strategy. Specific funding solicitations and planned proposals must be identified in the
external funding strategy; prior submissions should also be identified.

4. Biosketches (2 pages each): Each investigator must submit a biographical sketch in the NIH format.

5. Budget and Justification (1 page): Provide a tabulated budget and justification. Investigator salary
support and overhead costs are not allowed.

6. Management Plan (1 page): The management plan should briefly discuss how data and resources will
be shared in the project. The role of each investigator should be clearly identified.

7. Prior OBI Funding (1 page): Applicants who have received prior OBI seed funding should briefly
summarize the outcomes of their prior funding, including any resulting external proposals.


Review Criteria
Significance: Does the project address an important problem or critical barrier to progress in the field?
How will scientific knowledge, technical capability, and/or clinical practice be improved?
Approach: Are the overall strategy and methodology well-reasoned and appropriate to accomplish the
specific aims of the project?
Funding Potential: What is the likelihood that the project may result in external funding? If the
investigators received prior OBI seed funding, what were the outcomes of that prior funding?


Submit proposal PDFs to: Casey Burton, cburton@phelpshealth.org.
Final project reports (2 pages) due: July 31, 2022.