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,, 816-235-1520.

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,, 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,, 816-235-1520.

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1Data Conference

1Data is the result of a unique partnership formed between Kansas State University and the University of Missouri-Kansas City, which leverages the strengths of our region to develop a platform to share human and animal health research data.

This one-day conference focuses on a One Health approach to data sharing and brings together professionals from animal, human, and environmental health sectors to explore the ways in which data can be jointly used for mutually beneficial purposes, such as accelerating drug development, enhancing regulatory processes and decreasing animal testing. The speakers will discuss the 1Data platform for data sharing, local efforts for improving human and animal health using analytical tools and how collaboration can promote change resulting in enhancing the lives of both humans and animals.

8:30a.m. to 4:30 p.m. | Feb. 7 | K-State Olathe campus

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Key 2019 BioNexusKC Conference Dates

Mark your calendars for the new year. Here’s the full list, but here are a few that might be of interest:

  • Collaborate2Cure (monthly): Jan. 14, Kauffman Foundation
  • Midwest Bioinformatics Conference: April 11-12, UMKC
  • One Health Research Symposium: Aug. 25-26, Kansas City Convention Center

Mark Your Calendar

University of Missouri System Research Summit: Human in the Digital Age
Please join UM System President Mun Choi and UMKC Chancellor Mauli Agrawal, as well as faculty researchers and administrators from across the University of Missouri System, for another in the recent series.


Funding For Excellence

The proposal deadline for the FY19 round of the Funding for Excellence Faculty Research Grants  program is Friday, September 28 at 5:00.  A full description of the Funding for Excellence Program as well the application submission portal and a budget matrix are available on the Office of Research Services web site at:   Funding for Excellence Program

Briefly, 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. FFE grants are awarded once a year, on a competitive basis, by a decision of the UMKC Research Advisory Council. The program will provide funding for faculty projects up to $15,000. The three goals of the FFE program are to:

  • Enhance the research stature and scholarly reputation of UMKC
  • Support excellence in the scholarship, research, and creative endeavors of tenured and tenure-track faculty members of all ranks; and,
  • Provide a financial means to achieve a tangible result.


Please email Leslie Burgess (Burgessla@umkc) or me (  with any questions you may have on the program in general of the upcoming submission deadline.

Mark Your Calendar

UMKC Technology Jump is now accepting proposals.

Please see the attached announcement for information and an application for the Office of Technology Commercialization’s Tech Jump.  Please contact Eric Anderson at or 816.235.5091 with questions.

Applications must be received by Midnight, April 30, 2018.


One Health Research Symposium

August 19-20, 2018,
Kansas City Convention Center
301 W 13th St. 2100 Entrance, Room 2103 A
Kansas City, MO 64105


Science to Art

Science to Art images are due on April 27th and questions can be directed to Shaylee Yount of the Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute

2017 Faculty Research Symposium

The fourth annual UMKC Faculty Research Symposium was held on December 8th, 2017 in the Student Union, showcasing research from a variety of disciplines.  A wide range of poster topics was presented by faculty representing 18 academic departments on campus.  Visual arts presentations were provided by seven faculty members from Art and Art History. The annual event was created to promote campus recognition of the research, scholarship, and creative-activities performed within the UMKC community. In addition, it is anticipated that the event will promote interaction and collaboration among faculty members from all across UMKC.

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Funding For Excellence Deadline

UMRB Deadline

Fall KCMD Symposium

  • Friday, October 13th in the UMKC Student Union, Multipurpose Room 401

Faculty Research Symposium

  • Friday, Dec. 8th, 2017 in the UMKC Student Union, Multipurpose Room