The Executive Committee for the Kansas City Consortium on Musculoskeletal Diseases (KCMD) is pleased to issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) for Neuromuscular/Musculoskeletal Research Grants to be submitted to the KCMD for funding consideration. Funding for this grant program is provided by the member institutions. Background, Scope, Eligibility, Review Criteria, Application Procedures, the Review Process, and submission instructions are provided here. Applications are solicited from clinical, translational and basic scientists engaged in research at one of the four member institutions of the Kansas City Consortia on Musculoskeletal Diseases with expertise in neuromuscular/ musculoskeletal disorders (e.g., ALS or osteoarthritis). Genetic, molecular, cellular and systems approaches aimed at elucidating the development and progression of such diseases are encouraged. Proposals must clearly identify how the research team intends to generate critical preliminary data needed for future collaborative proposal submissions to external agencies. Proposals must be from collaborative research teams spanning two or more organizations. Funding of up to $50,000 per team is available.
The ORS moves to Protect Against Plagiarism in Grant Application Submissions
Last Spring the UMKC Office of Research joined a number of universities taking steps to avoid unreferenced or copied material in grant application submissions by launching the voluntary use of iThenticate, a cloud-based plagiarism detection utility. iThenticate, the worldwide leading plagiarism detection technology, is used by a growing list of scholarly publishers, academic institutions, and funding sponsors including the NIH, NSF, DoE, CDC and others. In the case of grant application submissions, plagiarism can be unintentional, yet the consequences for allowing a submission to go forward with unreferenced or unintentionally plagiarized material can be devastating not only to the investigator but to the institution as well.
In order to protect our faculty, students and the institution itself, the ORS is, at present, offering voluntary iThenticate pre-screening of grant applications prior to submission. The service should not delay submission since it can be accomplished and analyzed in less than an hour. However, it is recommended that pre-screening take place a few days before the ORS submission deadline such that any necessary corrective measures can take place prior to final submission. It is envisioned that mandatory screening will become standard operating procedure within a year or two since this is the direction being taken by all major institutions.
For additional information on the iThenticate service see: ORS Plagiarism Prevention
Director, Office of Technology Commercialization
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