The Connector Is A Joint Unit Between The University Of Missouri’s Office Of Research And Economic Development And Office Of Extension And Engagement

Our core mission is to connect the people, resources, tools and ideas of UM System research and creative activities for the purpose of research development, communication, engagement and professional development to benefit the people of Missouri, the nation, and the world. We achieve this by providing research and professional development opportunities, engagement resources, and programming through meaningful partnerships with faculty, students, and staff at our institution and surrounding communities.

The Connector is the hub for the NSF-funded Center for Advancing Research Impact in Society (OIA-1810732).

Proposal Development

The Connector provides research development workshops and training opportunities, primarily focused on the NSF broader impacts criterion and outreach and engagement activities related to extramural funding.

Researchers can receive one-on-one consultations to develop engagement activities for their proposals. To date, theConnector has supported over 240 proposals on the four University of Missouri System campuses.

Engagement Programming

The Connector is focused on filling gaps in existing programming, and working with partners to create opportunities for underserved and/or underrepresented members of our community.

Our flagship program, Mizzou IGNITES, is a week-long STEAM camp co-sponsored by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Migrant Education Program.


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