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Saint Louis University is a premier research university where students and faculty work side-by-side to tackle tough questions and find solutions that impact communities in St. Louis and around the world.

SLU researchers are exploring new frontiers and tackling the greatest questions of our time. SLU is on the cutting edge of research that makes a difference for humanity, both in our local community and abroad. Informed by our university's Jesuit mission, our researchers are motivated by a concern for the most vulnerable members of our society.

We are rooted in over 200 years of history, and we continue to guide our future. From the discovery of the life-saving properties of vitamin K to more recent breakthroughs at our federally funded Center for Vaccine Development, all of our research is defined by compassion, ambition, and innovation.

We are a regional university with global ambitions. We strive to be a responsible partner and an ambitious leader in our local St. Louis community, and we believe that the research done at SLU can transform our world into a healthier, and more just one for all.

Student Research

Research is a central component of both the undergraduate and graduate experience at SLU. We provide all of our students with the opportunity to work side-by-side with our research teams so they can see first-hand how research at SLU impacts the world. From day one, the student experience at SLU is enriched by a vibrant research community that creates pathways for real change.

Seed Funding

The university is proud to provide a number of opportunities for researchers seeking seed funding. The following internal awards are currently accepting proposals.

  1. Spark Microgrant
  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Internal awards are provided through the SLU Research Institute. For more information on these awards and more, please visit this page.

Research in Focus