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Research Impact

Saint Louis University research is steeped in our history and guides our future. From the discovery of the life-saving properties of vitamin K to the development of computer-guided surgery technology, at SLU our researchers explore new frontiers and tackle tough questions.

SLU researchers work for and with our local community in St. Louis, while pursuing knowledge and solutions that can build a better world for all.

Guided by a Mission

The work of SLU Research is compassionate, transformative, and innovative.

The research done at SLU reflects our university's Jesuit values and our desire to care for the most vulnerable members of our society. The work of our researchers addresses the greatest issues facing our world today, while striving to help our local community in St. Louis grow into a more equitable and innovative one. 

In 2002, we joined visionaries who predicted St. Louis could become a hub of bioscience and technology innovation, founding Cortex, an innovation community fueling scientific discovery, entrepreneurism and economic growth in the region. Our Research Innovation Group is located in the heart of the Cortex Innovation Community and turns SLU discoveries into startups that aim to cure deadly pulmonary fibrosis, alleviate pain without addiction, treat cancer, diagnose hepatitis C and fuel airplanes more efficiently. 

At SLU Research, we seek to live out our motto in all we do: "Igniting Discovery, Transforming Lives." 

Areas of Research Distinction

SLU is a comprehensive research university, and our research interests span the academic spectrum. Today, our researchers are:

Additionally, the Center for Vaccine Development at Saint Louis University is a leader in the nation that has previously done critical research concerning the bird flu and the Zika virus. Our researchers there are currently preparing to begin trials for a universal flu vaccine

This is just a sampling of the innovative and impactful research done at SLU. For more information, follow the latest news and events from SLU Research, and follow us on Twitter at @SLUResearch

Big Ideas

SLU is in the process of identifying and investing in collaborative programs that will establish SLU as a leading destination for research, training, and innovation in a given topic or area.

The Big Ideas competition builds on this goal of creating university-wide strategic research priorities. It offers increasing levels of investment for projects that demonstrate broad faculty engagement, strong leadership, and compelling research plans.

There have been two rounds of the Big Ideas competition thus far. The first round ended in April 2018; eight projects received planning grants and four were endorsed by the Research Growth Committee. The latest round ended in May 2019; two projects received planning grants and three were endorsed by the Research Growth Committee. A comprehensive list of these projects can be viewed here.

For more information about this process, contact Jasmin Patel, assistant vice president for Research Strategy, at