The Saint Louis University Research Institute was established in fall 2018 following a historic gift to the University from Dr. Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield: $50 million to accelerate research growth at the University. The SLU Research Institute advances the university’s existing research growth ambitions to grow scholarship and research.
A Catalyst for Research at SLU
The Research Institute provides critical funding to support outstanding researchers whose interests span the university. Hear SLU researchers discuss how their impactful work has been supported by the Research Institute in its first two years.
The Research Institute has been transformative for research at SLU. Since its establishment in 2018, the Research Institute has:
- Supported faculty in launching four new interdisciplinary institutes: the Geospatial Institute at SLU (GeoSLU), the Water Access, Technology, Environment and Resources (WATER) Institute, the Institute for Healing Justice and Equity, and the Advanced HEAlth Data (AHEAD) Institute
- Reinforced existing research strengths in areas such as vaccine development, humanistic scholarship, and biomedical innovation
- Recruited and retained world class researchers, including the inaugural class of Research Institute Fellows
- Allocated funding directly to SLU researchers to foster research and scholarly success, including $300,000 to support multidisciplinary COVID-19 research
Goals of the Research Institute
Over the course of 10 years, the SLU Research Institute will set the University on the path to 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 the University’s strategic plan.
The SLU Research Institute will:
- Achieve and sustain annual research expenditure growth that places SLU among the fastest growing universities in the country
- Establish eminence in strategic, University-wide research priority areas
- Raise the profile and reputation of SLU as a world-class research university in the St. Louis area and around the world
- Recruit and retain world-class research leaders and provide significant investments in their work
- Leverage the initial gift from Dr. Jeanne Sinquefield and Rex Sinquefield to increase federal, industry, and philanthropic funding for research done at SLU
Research Institute Fellows
Building off of the fourth goal of the Research Institute, the Research Institute Fellows program enables SLU to recruit and retain researchers of the highest caliber, persons whose research productivity will add significantly to the eminence and impact of SLU's scholarship and research portfolios.
This program supplements, but does not replace, existing processes at the university for faculty hires. Non-faculty Research Institute Fellows are appointed by the president, provost, and vice president for research in consultation with the Research Institute Fellows Committee.
More information on the process and the inaugural class of fellows can be found here.
The Geo-Resolution 2021 conference will take place on Sept. 14, 2021. The conference is open to students, geospatial professionals, and citizens with an interest in geospatial and location science.
Since 2019, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and Saint Louis University have hosted the Geo-Resolution conference to strengthen and shine a spotlight on the regional St. Louis geospatial ecosystem. Join us to celebrate the accomplishments of our collaborations and contribute to the future vision of our geospatial community.
More information will be released in the coming months. Sign-up to receive updates from GeoSLU here. Information on Geo-Resolution 2019 can be found below.
In addition to their work in classrooms, laboratories, and the community, Saint Louis University researchers have made their expertise widely available during the COVID-19 pandemic through a series of lectures and webinars centered around the crisis and its larger effects. The SLU Research Institute has hosted and supported several webinars since the start of the pandemic, a selection of which can be viewed here.
Geo-Resolution 2019: The 21st Century Geospatial Enterprise
St. Louis has been at the center of the nation’s geospatial enterprise since the Corps of Discovery returned to the city with maps of the Louisiana Territory in 1806. Geo-Resolution brought together SLU faculty from various disciplines, industry partners and members of the intelligence community to inspire collaboration and shine a light on the innovative work being done in the region.
SLU Research in the Media
- Saint Louis University, SSM Health Partner in Research Initiative to Improve Public and Patient Health
- Saint Louis University Establishes Advanced HEAlth Data (AHEAD) Research Institute to Improve Public, Patient Health
- Saint Louis University Establishes New Institute for Healing Justice and Equity
- SLU Poll Conducts First Academic-Led Poll of Missouri Voters
- Saint Louis University Launches New WATER Institute
- SLU Research Institutes Awards $300,000 from Rapid Response COVID-19 Seed Fund
- SLU Research Institute Awards $765,000 to Faculty, Students Engaged in COVID-19 Research