2017-18 Funding For Excellence Faculty Research Awards Announced!

The third year of Funding For Excellence Faculty awards program attracted 33 applications from each of our 11 academic units.  Applications received represented a diverse segment of research and scholarly activity from across the entire University. The applications were reviewed by a panel of faculty members from across UMKC and, 10 applications were awarded totaling $108,071.00.

The funded applications for the 2017-18 are:

The Weight of Water: A Virtual Reality Art Installation”, Barry Anderson, Professor, Department of Art & Art History, College of Arts and Sciences

Shaping Monastic Devotional Culture in Late Medieval England “, Virginia Blanton, Professor, Department of English Language & Literature, College of Arts and Sciences

“Molecular Analyses of Contactin-Amyloid Complexes”, Samuel Bouyain, Associate Professor, Division of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, School of Biological Sciences

“A Silver River in a Silver World: Dutch Trade in the Rio de la Plata 1648-1678”, David Freeman, Associate Professor, Department of History, College of Arts and Sciences

Expert and Novice Musicians’ Auditory Discrimation Skills within Authientic Music Contexts “, Lani Hamilton, Assistant Professor, Music Education, Conservatory of Music and Dance

The Director’s Dreamscape: Building Machado’s Cuba, Joseph Hartman, Assistant Professor, Latinx and Latin American Studies Program, College of Arts and Sciences

Flute and Oboe Recording Project”, Celeste Johnson Frehner, Associate Professor, Instrumental Studies, Conservatory of Music and Dance

Sound Mandala”, Tom Mardikes, Professor, Department of Theater, College of Arts and Sciences

Shedding New Light on Why Galaxies Die with the World’s Greatest Radio Observatory”, Daniel McIntosh, Associate Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, College of Arts and Sciences

Modern Masterworks and Saxophone Standards”, Zachary Shemon, Associate Professor, Instrumental Studies, Conservatory of Music and Dance

Funding for Excellence 2018

The proposal deadline for the FY18 round of the Funding for Excellence Faculty Research Grants  program is Friday, September 15 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 (dreyfusl@umkc.edu)  with any questions you may have on the program in general of the upcoming submission deadline.