National, regional and local foundations and associations support some of the University of Missouri's most innovative programs in teaching, research and service. Foundation Relations officers establish introductions, facilitate proposals, and manage the relationships with such foundations to support the Mizzou Advantage assets, campus-wide programs and interdisciplinary and individual faculty research.


MU hosts programs of national significance, some of which have been ranked nationally among the top 10 (private and public) programs in their disciplines:

Interdisciplinary Programs and Centers

Several campus programs and centers, including Mizzou Advantage, showcase the university's strengths in interdisciplinary collaboration:

Mizzou Advantage

Mizzou Advantage's five interdisciplinary areas of strength include:

  • Food for the future
  • New media
  • The convergence of human and animal health
  • Sustainable energy
  • Managing change from transformational technologies

Bond Life Sciences Center

The Christopher S. Bond Life Sciences Center houses three dozen outstanding and productive scientists representing six different MU schools and colleges and more than 300 research staff and students in a setting designed for interaction. The center serves as a hub for all life-sciences research and education at MU.

Center of Excellence on Aging

The MU Interdisciplinary Center on Aging brings together health providers, researchers and educators focused on the needs of our nation's rapidly growing older-adult population. Built on collaborations among the university's three health-sciences schools — the School of Medicine, Sinclair School of Nursing and the School of Health Professions — the center encompasses research, clinical care and education focused on preventing disability, improving care quality, evaluating innovative service-delivery mechanisms for aging adults, and elevating the quality of life for elders and their families in all environments.

Center for Sustainable Energy

The Center for Sustainable Energy coordinates energy research, education, service, commercialization and policy activities, involving faculty from the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI), Economics and Management of Agrobiotechnology Center (EMAC), Center for Applied Research and Environmental Systems (CARES), the MU Extension Community Development program and the Truman School of Public Affairs.

Interdisciplinary Plant Group

The Interdisciplinary Plant Group is considered the “Molecular Mammoth” by campus plant scientists and Extension researchers. More than three dozen scientists study the biological processes of plants to increase our knowledge so that it can be applied in agriculture and beyond.

MU Center on Religion and the Professions

The MU Center on Religion and the Professions explores practical strategies for alleviating misunderstandings or conflicts that can result when professionals and the people they serve come from different religious or cultural traditions.

Pipeline/Outreach Efforts

Several programs address the K-12 to College pipeline, school improvement, and the preparation of quality teachers. Among them are:

Missouri College Advising Corps (MCAC)

MCAC helps Missouri students who otherwise may not have gone to college. In 2007, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation granted $1 million to MU to establish the Missouri College Advising Corps (MCAC), a college-access advising program. MCAC hires recent MU graduates to work in partner high schools and community colleges; guides help students understand that they can complete a four-year college degree, find their “best fit” institution, and navigate the process of applying for admission and financial aid. MCAC is a founding member of the National College Advising Corps.

MU Partnership for Educational Renewal (MPER)

Through MPER, the MU Colleges of Education and of Arts and Science, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and the Regional Professional Development Center aspire to simultaneously renew Pre-K through twelfth grade education and improve teacher preparation by providing information and provoking critical thinking around standards-based education. Twenty-two Missouri school districts (representing over 194,000 students) participate in this partnership to achieve renewal by focusing on four functions: educating children and youth, preparing school professionals, providing ongoing professional development, and conducting inquiry. MU Partnership for Educational Renewal is a member of the National Network for Educational Renewal.

The MU campus abounds with innovative ideas and initiatives from nationally and internationally acclaimed scientists and scholars. We match MU's brightest stars with foundations that share their vision, dedication and commitment to excellence.