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Advancing Ambition

The Research Institute was established to grow Saint Louis University’s research capabilities and affirm the University’s path to becoming the world’s leading Jesuit research university. The Institute’s vision is closely aligned with SLU’s strategic plan, which calls for the University to make research a core part of its identity and to increase total research output.

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Historic Legacy

SLU is home to more than 200 years of research excellence — and the future is bright. In just the last few years, SLU researchers have done groundbreaking research on the COVID-19 pandemic, joined regional leaders in transforming St. Louis into a national geospatial hub, and launched six interdisciplinary institutes covering a variety of issues from water to drug discovery to health disparities.

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For Faculty

Staff with the Research Institute and SLU's Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) are ready to help you with all aspects of your research, whether you're developing an early research idea or you're ready to submit a proposal. Please visit the OVPR website for a complete list of services and resources, as well as contact information for each of our teams.

Information on internal awards and seed funding opportunities can be found here.

General inquiries can be sent to:


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For Students

Research is a central component of both the undergraduate and graduate student experience at Saint Louis University. Students are given opportunities to work side-by-side with world-class researchers striving to make a lasting impact in the world. Students are encouraged to talk with their departments and academic advisors about research opportunities. For general questions about research at SLU, please contact:


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For Industry

Saint Louis University welcomes and values partnerships with industry and organizations interested in advancing research and education. Our faculty and students work side-by-side with experts and professionals to take their research out of the lab and into communities around the world. SLU researchers engage with industry on research, education, workforce development, entrepreneurship, and philanthropic partnerships. At SLU, industry partnerships are crafted with the needs of both parties in mind and with a shared goal of creating a better, healthier, and more just world for all.

For more information on industry partners at SLU, please contact: