The Research Alliance of Missouri, a statewide coalition of universities and research institutions, has put together an agreement that could increase the number of research projects being worked on by Missouri companies. The Executive Director of the Alliance is former State Economic Development Director Joe Driskill, who says legal dealings have been standing in the way of a lot of promising research. Driskill says the Alliance has come up with a template research agreement that is, essentially, a fill-in-the-blanks document that any of the Reserach Alliance institutions can use when contracting.