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Saint Louis University is a premier research university where students and faculty work side-by-side to tackle tough questions and find solutions that impact communities in St. Louis and across the world.

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) enables research at SLU that makes a difference for humanity, both locally and abroad. We strive to understand the unique needs of our SLU researchers and work with them as an advocate and partner. We work to make managing research projects easier—from inception and developing proposals, to post-award management and compliance.

We identify and communicate opportunities for research, grant funding, scholarship and celebrate the impact of our research. We help investigators bring research to life by connecting them with funding opportunities and convening research teams from across disciplines to inspire innovative thinking, create stronger proposals and, ultimately, more meaningful research.

Student Research

We provide both undergraduate and graduate students with the opportunity to work side-by-side with our research teams so they can see first-hand how research at SLU impacts the world. From day one, the student experience at SLU is enriched by a vibrant research community that creates pathways for real change. 

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, SLU researchers explore new frontiers and tackle tough questions. Our research teams are guided by our mission to tackle tough questions and impact communities both local and global.

The Legacy of Edward Doisy

Dedicated in 2007, SLU’s biomedical research building is a hub of discovery named for longtime SLU biochemistry professor and Nobel laureate Edward A. Doisy, Ph.D.

Doisy was awarded the 1943 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his work in determining the chemical nature of vitamin K, an essential component in blood coagulation.

His discovery set the stage for a lifesaving treatment for patients who were bleeding profusely — giving injections of vitamin K to clot blood.

He retired from the university in 1965 and directed much of the income derived from commercializing his discoveries to SLU. The income annually provides millions of dollars in support of SLU’s research and teaching initiatives.