As the home of an academic health center, the University of Missouri is training a new generation of physician-scientists by developing innovative educational programs and connecting investigators and trainees with funding as well as educational and mentoring opportunities.

Graduate Certificate in Life Science Innovation and Entrepreneurship

MU iCATS established the Graduate Certificate Program in Life Science Innovation and Entrepreneurship through an interdisciplinary approach involving the MU School of Medicine, the MU College of Engineering and the MU Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business. The program will allow graduate and professional students to receive training in translating life science discoveries into products and services that will improve health. The program will prepare participants for a wider range of employment opportunities and provide core skills for entrepreneurial endeavors.

KL2 Career Development Awards (Partnership with Washington University)

MU KL2 Clinical Research Scholars: David Brogan, Urmeka Jefferson, Rachel Proffitt and Jonathan Mitchem.


KL2 Career Development Awards are intended for current or incoming junior faculty.  The goals are to successfully launch research careers and to assist junior faculty to successfully compete for individual NIH K-awards and to eventually obtain R01 funding.

Pilot Funding

The primary purpose of these programs is to fund high-quality, innovative proposals that have the potential to promote the translation of scientific discoveries into improvements in human health.    Requests for Applications are announced periodically; one pilot funding program is conducted in partnership with Washington University.