• St. Louis Researchers Are Major Recipients of NIH Grants

    Jun 05, 2017

    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the major source of government funding for health and biosciences research.   Greater St. Louis received a total of $439 million in awards in 2016.  Most of the funding awarded was received by area universities.  Washington University in St. Louis is one of the largest recipients of NIH funding with $407 million, followed by Saint Louis University with $21 million. 

    Many private research organizations also saw funding growth including William D. Shannon Consulting, LLC, Intact Genomics, Inc., and ISTO Technologies.  ISTO Technologies’ award jumped by nearly 55 percent over the past year.  

    Summary of National Institutes of Health Funding to Organizations in the St. Louis, MO-IL MSA




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    Source: “NIH Awards by Location & Organization” National Institutes of Health, 2016.

    Funding has remained relatively stable throughout the past decade, with a $31 million increase in awards from 2015 to 2016.  An upturn in the amounts received by universities was key to this growth.  While annual awards can vary depending on policy changes and funds available, the health and biosciences industry in St. Louis has sustained its position as a major U.S. research center.  The magnitude of these awards highlights St. Louis’s success in the investment and cultivation of some of the region’s most promising industries.  The St. Louis Regional Chamber’s economic development team shares in the commitment to growing the health and biosciences industries.  In doing so, we are working to build on our economic strengths by focusing on the economic clusters where we already have experienced success and have the potential for global growth.
  • Chamber Unveils St. Louis Regional Education Dashboard at 'Stand With Students' Event

    Jun 02, 2017

    On April 28th, the St. Louis Regional Chamber partnered with St. Louis Graduates to host “Stand with Students: Leveraging Leadership to Support Postsecondary Success.”

    Stand with Students_graphThe event, hosted at Webster University, attracted more than 200 regional and statewide leaders in business, education, and nonprofits.

    The event featured a lineup of dynamic speakers including Alan Byrd, Dean of Enrollment Services at UMSL; Beth Stroble, President of Webster University; Zora Mulligan, Commissioner of Higher Education at the Missouri Department of Higher Education; Allison Williams, Senior Vice President of Programs at the Wyman Center; and Joe Reagan, President & CEO of the St. Louis Regional Chamber.

    Zora Mulligan recognized five Missouri universities for their exceptional efforts and leadership in improving graduation rates among first-generation, low-income students. The five institutions, Webster University, Maryville University, University of Central Missouri, Missouri State University, and Southeast Missouri State University, share their best practices to help more students graduate with less debt in a report released by the Illinois Education Research Council.

     Joe Reagan announced another highlight of the event – the launch of the St. Louis Regional Education Dashboard. The Dashboard is an interactive tool that allows users to disaggregate regional education information by race, gender, age, and geographical region. This tool will be an invaluable resource for educators, community leaders, and business leaders to understand our region’s challenges and seize opportunities to improve degree attainment. Reagan also summarized the principles within the St. Louis Regional Education Commitment, which now has the support of more than 100 individuals and organizations including East-West Gateway Council of Governments, St. Louis Graduates, Full Circle, the Higher Education Council, Business Leaders for Education, and the Chamber’s Board of Directors.

    Read more about the event in the St. Louis Post- Dispatch’s article here