Office of Research Administration

Faculty SPiRe Application

The School of Medicine is pleased to solicit applications for a new Research Funding Program supported by the Sarah Morrison Endowment Trust. The fund, the Sarah Morrison Pilot Research Fund (SPiRe) is intended to provide funds for scientists to develop preliminary data or to pursue high risk innovative research that will enable submission of highly competitive applications to national funding sources.
The deadline for receipt of applications for SPiRe funding is March 31st, at 12:00PM. Applications will be rigorously reviewed.

  • SPiRe Application
  • SPiRe Guidelines
  • The research must be performed at the School of Medical (SOM) or in collaboration with faculty at the SOM where at least 50% of the research is performed.
  • Tenure track, Tenured, Research Faculty, and clinical Faculty are eligible to apply.
  • Department chairs must sign the application and guarantee salary support of the faculty member for the duration of the research project.
  • Standard awards are $15,000 total that can be spent over 2 years. If a compelling case for need can be made, up to $20,000 may be requested.

Questions may be directed to Dr. Monaghan-Nichols prior to preparing and submitting applications – (816) 235-6663.

Applications may be directed to the Office of Research Administration (Mark Hecker)  – (816) 235-6015.