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What is MizzouForward?

MizzouForward is a transformational effort to strengthen innovation in research disciplines that will move the needle in the university’s work to improve lives around the world—and it all begins with the right people. This first-of-its-kind initiative starts with an investment in up to 150 new world-class faculty hires over the next five years. In short, MizzouForward will set the University of Missouri apart as one of the very best research universities in the nation by attracting established, diverse and exceptional researchers; further developing the talented faculty who are already a vital part of our university community; leveraging our existing institutional strengths; cultivating interdisciplinary collaboration; and supporting access to exceptional technology and facilities.

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We're seeking exceptional faculty to move MizzouForward

Move your research forward

We’re seeking applications and nominations for outstanding faculty candidates, and we need your help.

A successful MizzouForward candidate is a research leader with a passion for collaboration and the grit to address our world’s most pressing research challenges. The colleagues we’re looking to recruit possess:

  • A proven track record of active, external research funding, particularly from federal agencies
  • A research agenda that complements the goals of MizzouForward
  • A robust publication and citation record
  • National awards and honors, membership with national academies
  • An interdisciplinary scope of work

If you’re interested in learning more, or if you know an exceptional investigator who can help us address national health, scientific and social priority areas through innovation and collaboration; we want to hear from you. Faculty ready to move MizzouForward should apply now.

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Priority Areas

MizzouForward faculty recruitment will occur in three high-priority areas that will help us hone our research efforts, tackle grand challenges, align to institutional strengths and reach top-rank university status.

NextGen Precision Health

NextGen Precision Health

We’re seeking exceptional faculty to move MizzouForward in national health and scientific priority areas identified and related to our new Roy Blunt NextGen Precision Health Building. To further interdisciplinary collaboration, the university will focus on several areas of research:

  • Infectious disease
  • Cancer–including radiopharmaceutical sciences and nuclear medicine as well as tumor immunology
  • Neuroscience
  • Cardiovascular and metabolic disorders
  • Maternal, infant and child health

In addition to the state-of-the-art resources available to researchers through the NextGen Precision Health Building, researchers will be right next door to MU Health Care’s hospitals and clinics, the MU Research Reactor and other MU campus research facilities

Science, Engineering & Technologies

New Frontiers in Science, Engineering, and Technologies

MizzouForward faculty will move the needle to meet grand challenges in science, engineering and technologies. To help support this effort, the university will focus on several areas of research:

  • Advanced measurement science
  • Imaging & analysis, energy
  • Environment & earth sciences
  • Advanced materials, manufacturing & construction
  • Artificial intelligence, computing & communications 
  • Critical infrastructures & security

Faculty in these areas have access to a wealth of resources, including the Cybersecurity Center at Mizzou, the Missouri Center for Transportation Innovation and many other research centers and institutes. In addition, faculty can also access full-cycle research support through ResearchFRST and guidance on taking their innovations to market through the Technology Advancement Office.

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Innovations in Social Science, Humanities, and the Arts

MizzouForward faculty will help advance innovation and address access in health and education and beyond. To help support this effort, the university will focus on several areas of research:

  • Science, health and educational disparities
  • Equity and Social Justice
  • Humanities in the 21st century

Faculty in these areas have access to a diverse set of interdisciplinary resources and collaborative communities of scholars, including the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy, the Missouri Prevention Science Institute and the Missouri Center for Addiction Research and Engagement.

Candidates with compelling research success in categories that are beyond those listed above will also be considered.


  • Carrie Nicholson – Mizzou Forward Project Manager, Provost Office
  • Anna Wiedermann – Lead Consultant, Strategic Recruitment