Research and education opportunities in a changing economy is the topic of a collaborative conference that will examine and promote partnerships among educational institutions in procuring federal, state and private funding to support research in the Greater St. Louis area.

Sponsored by Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Washington University in St. Louis, Saint Louis University, St. Louis Community College, the University of Missouri–St. Louis and Webster University, the 2011 Midwest Summit on Leadership in Interdisciplinarity, Networking and Collaboration will take place Feb. 24-25 at the Chase Park Plaza in St. Louis. This is the third year the conference will be held in the bi-state region.

The conference will provide updates on funding trends from federal, state and private funding agencies, informative sessions on research funding opportunities in science and the humanities and networking opportunities. Interdisciplinary mechanisms, proposal development, policies and practices also will be discussed.

The event’s keynote speaker will be Roger Beachy, director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, part of the United States Department of Agriculture.

Representatives will be on hand from the National Institutes of Health ; the National Science Foundation; BioGenerator, a privately funded, nonprofit organization created to facilitate the formation of life science companies in the St. Louis area; The Fulbright Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs; Nidus Investment Partners LP, a collaboration of entrepreneurs and corporations that identify and commercialize innovative technologies in the agriculture and energy markets; MoFAST, comprised of the U.S. Small Business Administration, the University of Missouri Extension, the Missouri Department of Economic Development and other partners to bring government research and development awards to small businesses; the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center; the Center for Emerging Technologies; the Saint Louis Science Center; the Missouri Botanical Garden and other regional experts.

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Kylie Shafferkoetter

Kylie Shafferkoetter