Research & Economic Development

Office of the Vice Chancellor

Find Funding Sources

The UMKC campus’ primary resource for information on research funding is the Pre-Award Office.

Our staff helps UMKC faculty and staff find state, federal, international, and UMKC funding, in addition to helping you prepare research proposals and negotiate contracts.

External Funding Opportunities

The following local, state, and federal databases often include different opportunities that can help fund university research. We recommend using all that seem relevant to your research project. If you need help sorting through your options, feel free to contact us.

Funding Databases

  • Pivot maintains a comprehensive database of more than 400,000 funding opportunities worth over $33 billion—and not just for science. Pivot also offers grant, fellowship, and other funding information for social sciences, humanities, and community outreach funding. Creating a Pivot funding alert is an invaluable tool for investigating funding options. Register or claim your Pivot profile to receive funding alerts in your discipline.
    • Additional information on Pivot here.
  • allows organizations to find and apply for more than $400 billion in federal grants. is the single access point for more than 1,000 grant programs offered by all federal grant-making agencies. All proposals must submitted by UMKC’s Office of Research Services.
  • Foundation Finder provides a search tool that helps you locate funding interests of foundations on local, regional, national, and international levels, as well as past foundation grants and grantees.
  • GrantsNet
  • GrantFoward database

Federal Funding Sites

Kansas City Funding Sites

State of Missouri Funding Sites


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Internal Funding Opportunities

UMKC Trustees’ Faculty Fellowship Awards

Annual deadline of September 15th
$5,000 and $15,000 stipends

The UMKC Trustees' Faculty Fellowship recognizes faculty who have distinguished themselves through scholarship and creativity. Recipients are expected to serve as role models, mentor, and encourage other faculty members and students in pursuit of academic excellence.

N.T. Veatch Award for Distinguished Research and Creativity

Annual deadline of September 15th
$1,000 stipend

The N.T. Veatch Award recognizes distinguished research and other scholarly or creative activity accomplished by UMKC faculty. All full-time, regular faculty members who have been at UMKC for at least three years are eligible to be nominated.

Early Career Faculty Travel Award

The Emeritus College of UMKC dedicates the proceeds of its dues- and donation-funded endowment to support Early Career Faculty. These are faculty who are early in their career at UMKC, typically tenure-track.

Awards will be made annually on a competitive basis to support travel to conferences, meetings, collaborations and projects, that will enhance networking and faculty contacts and that will directly support the career development of UMKC faculty.

Funding For Excellence Program

Current deadlines and guidelines can be found here
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.

UM System Funding Opportunities


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