We’re Here to Help: Lora Owens


Grants and Contracts Administrator

My Focus:

I support faculty and staff throughout the proposal process from submission to award generation.  I came to ORS as a work study student working in the Sposored Programs office. From there I became an office assistant before being reclassified as a pre-award team member. Throughout my work experience in Sponsored Programs I have been able to develop a better understanding of the research world here on campus and I look forward to the opportunity to support our researchers in their academic pursuits.

Where I Came From:

Originally, a St. Louis native, I have spent the last six years falling in love with the Kansas City area. I made the move to KC to attend UMKC and I have worked in academia since graduating with a BA in Communications. Before my time at UMKC, I received my Associate’s degree at STLCC-Meramec, where I continued my work in the Theater and Music departments. While in St Louis, I spent time as a Costume Manager as well as a Sales Associate for four years. I have now been working at the Office of Research Services for the past five years.

What I love about working in Research Administration:

I started in the Office of Research Services and Sponsored Programs as the work-study back in 2014 and quickly founded a new appreciation for research administration. The work done in this office allows us to make a small yet meaningful contribution to the brilliant faculty here on campus with their research which aims to essentially make the world a better place by improving lives or bringing innovated ideas to light. I am extremely grateful to be a part of the ORS team and to have the chance to work alongside of such a wonderful group of dedicated coworkers.

Some favorite things:

I immediately thought of Sound of Music when seeing this question, so I guess you could say I’m a film enthusiast. Other than watching all types of movies (here’s looking at you, Netflix), I help as a production assistant on local films whenever I can. I love to spend time with my friends and family, along with spending as much time as I can outdoors, either hiking, kayaking, or taking as many landscape photos as humanly possible.

December Technology Commercialization Workshop

You are cordially invited to the UMKC Technology Transfer Workshop on 5December2019. The workshop will be led by Eric Anderson, the UMKC Director of the Office of Technology Commercialization. The workshop will focus on:

  • intellectual property disclosure at UMKC;
  •  publishing and patenting;
  • non-disclosure agreements;
  • copyrights;
  • prior art searching;
  • marketing plans;
  • commercialization potential;
  • startups and SBIR/STTR;
  • the integral inventor;
  • funding the gap;
  • getting paid.

Target Audience: faculty, students and researchers with inventive concepts or copyright works or funding that is likely to produce patents and copyrights.

  • Date and Location: UMKC Technology Transfer Workshop
    Thursday, 5DEC2019, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    Room 302, Student Union

The event is free and registration is required. Please RSVP via email or phone to Leslie Burgess, burgessla@umkc.edu, 816-235-1520.

Research By the Numbers

The Office of Research Services supports the scientific, scholarly and creative endeavors of the faculty and staff at UMKC. As of 10/17/19, our work included:

  • Number of Proposals: 120
  • Proposal Totals: $34,823,675
  • Number of Awards: 103
  • Award Totals: $16,066,413
  • 18 invention disclosures (FYTD)
  • 12 patent applications filed (FYTD)

November Grants Proposal Workshop

You are cordially invited to the next UMKC Office of Research proposal- and research-program-development workshop series on 11NOV2019. The workshop “How to write a compelling grant application”will be led by Dr. Sarah Dallas, UMKC School of Dentistry.

Dr Dallas will share her tips on successful grant writing, based on her experience as an investigator continually funded by NIH since 2001 and her experience serving on NIH and other grant review panels.  The workshop will focus on insights from personal experience rather than standard information available from NIH and other websites. The emphasis is on the mechanics of writing a compelling grant.  The workshop will cover:

  • Types of NIH grants relevant for early career stage scientists
  • Brief summary of NIH grant review process
  • My tips on how to write a compelling grant (main emphasis of workshop):
    • Getting started on your grant/planning ahead
    • Writing a good grant is like writing a good novel
    • What types of grants are getting funded
    • Basic Structure of an NIH grant
    • My tips on Specific Aims, Research Strategy (Significance, Innovation, Approach) sections
    • Making the Pitfalls section work for you in a positive way
    • Choice of  wording/positive language
    • NIH requirements on reproducibility and scientific rigor
  • My list of common mistakes (to avoid) when writing a grant

Target Audience: any faculty, graduate students and postdoctoral researchers who wish to improve their grant writing skills and submit proposals to NIH as well as other federal and non-federal funding agencies.

  • Date and Location: Workshop 4 with Sarah Dallas
    Monday, 11NOV2019, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
    Plaza Room, Administrative Center, Volker Campus
  • The event is free and registration is required. Please RSVP via email or phone to Leslie Burgess, burgessla@umkc.edu, 816-235-1520.

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October Grants Proposal Development Workshop


You are cordially invited to the next UMKC Office of Research proposal- and research-program-development workshop series on 29OCT2019. The workshop will be led by Anthony Caruso, the Missouri Institute for Defense and Energy and ORS Pre-Award. The workshop will focus and execute on:

  • articulation of intellectual concepts into short/cogent arguments;
  • white paper writing and feedback exercise;
  • quad chart preparation;
  • mechanisms by which investigators can sell and recycle their ideas/concepts (communicating with program officers);
  • funding mechanisms and budgets from Department of Defense and related sponsors;
  • different funding vehicles (grants vs. contracts vs. cooperative agreements, and more);
  • program officers vs. program managers;
  • reading the tea leaves of a call for proposals;
  • research areas within the Defense, Intelligence and Energy enterprise/portfolio (from History to Biology to Clinical Trials to Economics);

Target Audience: any faculty and researchers who wish to take their research program to the next level and write proposals for federal funding outside of the classical channels, and especially to the Department of Defense.

  • Date and Location: Workshop 3 with Anthony Caruso
    Tuesday, 29OCT2019, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    Royal Hall 104
  • The event is free and registration is required. Please RSVP via email or phone to Leslie Burgess, burgessla@umkc.edu, 816-235-1520.