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Big Ideas

Saint Louis University is on the path to becoming one of the world’s leading Jesuit research universities. To accomplish this ambitious goal, the university has begun a competitive, multi-year process to identify and invest in collaborative programs that will establish SLU as a leading destination for research, training, and innovation in a given topic or area.

The Research Institute is made possible through a historic $50 million gift to the university from Dr. Jeanne Sinquefield and Rex Sinquefield. Faculty talk about the importance of research for teaching and community impact in this video profile.

This competition began with a call for “Big Ideas” from SLU researchers and offers increasing levels of investment for projects that demonstrate broad faculty engagement, strong leadership, and compelling research plans.

The winners of the first round of Big Ideas planning grants can be viewed below. The second round’s call for submissions will go out in fall 2018.

Projects That Received Planning Grants

Three proposals were selected to move forward with $50,000 planning grants to advance their ideas prior to submitting a full research and business plan in six to nine months.

  • Planning for the Development of a SLU Center for Systems Biology
  • The WATER Institute
  • GeoSLU: The SLU Geospatial Research, Training and Innovation Enterprise

The Research Growth Committee also received a variety of projects that do not currently fit the Big Idea criteria and is providing small seed funds to enable the teams to continue to collaborate.

Five groups received preliminary planning grants to further grow their ideas.

Read Summaries of These Projects

Projects That Received Preliminary Planning Grants

  • Saint Louis University Drug Discovery and Development
  • The Center for Health Living
  • The Health Informatics Group
  • The Center for Healing Justice and Equity
  • Institute for Materials Science for Medicine

In a few cases the Research Growth Committee received multiple proposals on related topics and is encouraging the teams to explore the potential for their respective projects that become part of a more inclusive Big Idea.

Four proposals were endorsed by the Research Growth Committee as likely college-level research priorities that may have potential to growth into university-wide initiatives.

Read Summaries of These Projects

Projects Endorsed by the Research Growth Committee

  • Saint Louis University Center for Food and the Environment
  • Center for Translational Chronic Pain Research
  • Development of a Saint Louis University Sepsis Center
  • SLU Center for Urban Education Policy and Economic Growth (UEPEG)

The Research Growth Committee also received a variety of projects that do not currently fit the Big Idea criteria and is providing small seed funds to enable the teams to continue to collaborate.

For more information about this process, contact Jasmin Patel, assistant vice president for Research Strategy, at jasmin.patel@slu.edu.