Office of Business Development


The vision of Business Development is to maximize faculty research discovery and cultivate external funding by supporting the strategic mission of the Missouri Institute for Defense & Energy. Our goal is to serve as support for UMKC faculty and researchers while additionally establishing and nurturing vibrant and long-term relationships across disciplines with sponsoring agencies and small businesses.

We strive to maintain and uphold research best practices and promote growth within our UMKC research community. Whether you are a junior faculty member trying to establish your research career, a senior faculty member building upon years of work, or a small business looking to collaborate and enhance your entrepreneurial efforts, our aim is to deliver the best and most pioneering support available.

Here are just a few of the resources we provide for researchers:

  • Targeted proposal searches
  • Proposal-specific timelines and outlines to aid organization
  • Thorough and targeted lit reviews
  • Proposal Specific Budget Development and Reviews
  • Editing and Formatting Assistance
  • Project Management and Coordination
  • Preparation of PeopleSoft Pages
  • Liaison to Pre-Award in the Office of Research Services
  • Monthly meetings to ensure our team is on track with Program Leads’ self-identified metrics
  • Quarterly Fiscal Updates

To start the conversation and take the next step in your advancement, please contact us below.

Angela Cottrell
Angela Cottrell

Director of Research and Institutional Programs

Mark Pederson
Mark Pederson

Research Program Coordinator