UMKC Centers and Institutes: Institute for Human Development

The UMKC Institute for Human Development exemplifies the University’s goals by practicing engaged scholarship, supporting research to practice so that people, agencies, and the community can reach their fullest potential. Throughout the years, it has become increasingly apparent that by focusing on members of underserved populations, whether defined by gender, culture, or economic status, we can impact the quality of life for more members of our community. We believe our work is most effective when we are able to successfully increase the self-determination, cultural competency, and social capital of all of our citizens. Briefly, the focus of the Institute for Human Development is to develop partnerships (in the university, community, state, and nation) for effective social change.

IHD houses over 60 projects and several centers, including the Missouri University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, Missouri Family to Family (a resource center for families), and Alianzas (a resource center for Latino populations in Missouri). IHD conducts and collaborates on a wide variety of applied research projects to develop, implement, and demonstrate as well as evaluate new ideas and promising practices that support healthy, inclusive communities. Through our interdisciplinary university training we infuse best practices into the curriculum of graduate and undergraduate students in a wide range of professional disciplines. Through community services and supports, IHD assists individuals, community and state agencies, and university faculty to build the capacity of their programs through needs assessments, technical assistance, grant development, demonstrations, and program evaluation. IHD is also a vital information link through the dissemination of products and the establishment of information resource centers. These resource centers become vital assets to the community as demonstrations of research to practice.

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We’re Here to Help: Eric Anderson


Director, Office of Technology Commercialization

My focus

My focus is on providing a service to the faculty and the university in protecting and licensing intellectual property.  We mainly receive in disclosures of inventions, but we can also protect software applications.  Promising technologies are then taken to startup or industry for partnering.  Our goal is to see UMKC technology utilized in products and services.  Continue reading

Service Spotlight: Grants 101

The Office of Research Services provides a Grants 101 training four (4) times a year.  This training introduces the participants to the structure and functions of the Office of Research Services.  Additionally, it discusses key funding sources and the proposal development and submission processes.

This training creates an opportunity for the novice and the experienced researchers to visit the ORS office, meet the pre- and post-award administrators that support their individual departments, and learn all about the ways the office assist them with their proposal submissions through their award close-outs.

If you have not done so, you will want to sign up for the ORS Listserv to make sure that you don’t miss the next scheduled Grants 101 training.  You can do so by clicking the following hyperlink:

Mark Your Calendar

August 15th, 2017

Deadline for proposals for UM South Africa Education Program (UMSAEP)

An opportunity to support productive collaborations between the University of Missouri, University of Western Cape and other institutions in South Africa. 


September 15th, 2017

Deadline for Funding for Excellence faculty grant.

The Funding for Excellence Program (FFE) is an institutionally funded grants program to support the highest level of research, scholarship, and artistic endeavors by UMKC faculty.