Core Facilities Spotlight: UMKC Innovation Center

The UMKC Innovation Center is a vital hub for developing connections between the university and the community to create entrepreneurial opportunities and growth within our region and across the country. Through education, counseling and access to resources, students, faculty and community-based clients are able to hone their business basics, evaluate commercialization opportunities and connect with the right resources. Specializing in technology commercialization, the Innovation Center delivers tools and support to aspiring and existing business owners resulting in increased jobs for the communities it serves. Led by director Maria Meyers, the center offers a unique suite of high-impact interconnecting programs: Digital Sandbox, KCSourceLink, Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance (PTAC), MOSourceLink, ScaleUP! Kansas City, Small Business & Technology Development Center (SBTDC), SourceLink®, and Whiteboard2Boardroom

Learn more about the UMKC Innovation Center here!

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

2nd Annual RFP for Neuromuscular/Musculoskeletal Diseases Announced

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.

We’re Here to Help: Chris Winders


Director, Research Compliance

My focus

Develop, implement and monitor policies and procedures for the University as related to non-financial research compliance matters that affect the research mission of the University. Responsibilities include the review and interpretation of regulations that impact compliance with federal and state statues and how changes in those statues will affect the University. Among other areas, the Director ensures compliance and promotes ethical conduct of research in the administration of the:

  • Institutional Review Board (IRB)
  • Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)
  • Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC)
  • Radiation Safety Committee (RSC)
  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA)

Where I came from

I have spent time in restaurant management, as a high school science teacher, as an admistrator for an independent review company serving human subjects research and the past 7 years here at UMKC in Research Compliance.

Some favorite things

  • My family – wife Teresa and 3 children
  • Watching my children enjoy their respective activities
    • Oldest son – baseball and basketball
    • Middle son – basketball and track
    • Daughter – gymnastics
  • College football and basketball, especially the Oklahoma Sooners
  • Reading

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.

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

Research By the Numbers: October to December 2017

The Office of Research Services supports the scientific, scholarly and creative endeavors of the faculty and staff at UMKC. From October 1st to December 31st, 2017, our work included:

  • 114 proposals totaling $54,856,196.07 direct costs and $17,837,778.00
  • Indirect costs for a total of $72,693,974.07
  • 56 new awards
  • 7 invention disclosures (FYTD)
  • IRB 2016 Turn-around Time (PDF)

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We’re Here to Help: Andrea Uhl


Senior Grants & Contracts Administrator

My focus

I assist the University faculty and staff in the grant application and award process. I serve as an advocate for our faculty doing my best to provide the tools and explanations to allow them to communicate their project and/or research plans and goals as effectively as possible.

Where I came from

Although I was born and raised in St. Joseph, Missouri I’ve now called the Kansas City area my home just a few years longer. My first home in the metro was on the campus of William Jewell College where I studied Vocal Music Performance, Political Science, Psychology and History. Later, I transferred to UMKC to continue my studies and found a wonderful first “real job” working in the School of Biological Sciences. My introduction to grants, research and grants management all started 18 years ago, filling out carbon grant forms on a type writer for the faculty in SBS! Enjoying the academic culture and opportunities here at UMKC I continued on as a fiscal officer in SBS, then moved to the Grants Officer position at the School of Medicine and eventually landed at the Office of Research Services as a Grants and Contracts Administrator. In 2009 I had the opportunity to explore healthcare grants and research administration at The Children’s Mercy Hospital where I spent six years working with researchers and faculty as a grants specialist. As my children were starting pre-school and my husband’s business was growing I diversified my efforts; I started a part-time research and grants consulting business, while managing our business and spending as much time with our twins as possible. As our children started kindergarten, the opportunity to “come back home” to UMKC and the Office of Research Services presented itself at the perfect time for me and my family. I’m so happy to return to the campus I love doing the work I’ve come to love!

What I love about working in Research Administration

The faculty we work with have the brilliance and expertise to formulate some amazing projects to teach, improve and develop many expansive fields. Research Administration can be full of complex and tedious tasks covering everything from proof-reading to composing detailed budgets, filling out multifaceted and intricate forms and providing endless information and justifications. Assisting faculty through these administrative tasks, I feel I am doing my part to provide the tools for them to grow and progress in their research.

Some favorite things

When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my family; husband Nathan, daughter Blythe and son Phineas. The twins keep us busy with many activities including soccer and family game night but I also find time to enjoy singing, running and training for races. This October I plan to run my third full marathon and take a break from the “long races” to enjoy some beautiful Kansas City Fall weather with outdoor yoga and cycling with my family.