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The Partnership to Enhance Innovation, Resilience and Agility in Missouri's Manufacturers (Partnership) leverages the expertise of faculty and students on the four UM campuses to serve the state's manufacturers through education, topic-focused roundtable discussions, and company-specific projects. Missouri manufacturing struggled during the pandemic and continue to face pressing challenges with the supply chain, job recruitment and retention, the development of more efficient production processes, and more. The Partnership was created to address the needs of the more than 5,400 Missouri manufacturers – both urban and rural – by bringing UM resources to the manufacturing companies that need them.
The Partnership to Enhance Innovation, Resilience and Agility in Missouri's Manufacturers serves urban and rural Missouri manufacturers through regional Cohorts of 8-10 companies. Cohort activities are driven by local needs to address challenges inhibiting economic recovery and will include:
Educational sessions and subject matter expert presentations will be based on regional needs and could include cyber security, machine learning, supply chain/logistics, workforce issues, automation, resilience, plant layout, and joint opportunities for product and technology development.
Already part of an existing roundtable or cohort of manufacturers? Connect with us to get your existing cohort involved in this Partnership.
Located in southeast or northeast Missouri? Connect with us to join the newly formed cohorts. Located in a region without an existing cohort? Connect with us to get started.
Note: The Partnership will not duplicate existing technical assistance programs already working with Missouri manufacturers or create new regional roundtables, groups, or cohorts of manufacturers where there is potential to partner and collaborate with similar existing efforts.
The Partnership budget includes a total of $250,000 in matching funds to support UM faculty, subject matter experts and students to work on projects that aid the success of your business. University Teams from any of the four UM campuses can be deployed for company-specific projects to enhance competitiveness and resilience. Companies can request up to a 50% match in funding from the Partnership. Missouri-owned manufacturers started within the past five years with less than $750,000 annual revenue can request a reduced match. Projects are selected based on fit with EDA grant guidelines, available funding, and impact. Please see full project information.
Example available projects:
Project funds cannot be used for:
Please use this form to describe what kind of assistance you need or to provide detail on the specific challenge you are facing. Partnership staff will then consult with you for further information and identify UM System resources to assist.
Expectations for Partnership Companies