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$1.8M Awarded to 15 Faculty in Research Growth Awards

The newly established Saint Louis University Research Institute will award its first round of funding: $1.8 million in grants to accelerate research growth at the University.

Launched in September 2018 through the largest gift received in the history of SLU, given generously by Dr. Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield, the SLU Research Institute will further SLU’s goal of becoming the world’s leading Jesuit research university.

More Than 100 Proposals Received 

Through a Research Growth Fund competition, the Research Institute invited SLU faculty to submit proposals that would propel SLU’s research forward. Fifteen of the 114 proposals submitted were selected to receive funding totaling $1.8 million.

The Research Growth Fund is designed to be a flexible source of funding to help faculty across the University achieve their research and scholarship ambitions — progressing toward the goals for which the Research Institute was designed.

Over the course of ten years, the Research Institute will further our ambition of becoming a national and international model in promoting teaching, learning and research that exemplify discovery, transformative outcomes and engaged citizenship in a global society.

Ken Olliff, vice president for research at SLU and director of the Research Institute


“The SLU Research Institute serves as a platform for advancing research initiatives that will help our region and beyond,” said Ken Olliff, vice president for research at SLU and director of the Research Institute. “Over the course of ten years, the Research Institute will further our ambition of becoming a national and international model in promoting teaching, learning and research that exemplify discovery, transformative outcomes and
engaged citizenship in a global society — as called for in our five year strategic plan.”

Funded Projects at a Glance

Among the faculty and projects awarded funding through the Research Growth Institute are:

Get more information on SLU’s Research Growth Institute and a full listing of awarded projects.