Office of Research Administration

General Instructions for Resident Research

A number of research support services are offered by UMKC School of Medicine to residents and fellows.

The Associate Dean for research, Dr. Paula Monaghan Nichols (, can help with general research questions, project design, finding a mentor and identifying research resources and collaborators.

The Office of Research Administration (ORA) facilitates approvals of research at Truman Medical Center (TMC) including connecting researchers with TMC department managers, dept. Chairs, Lab, and Pharmacy departments as needed for review/approval of projects listed on the TMC Research Application Form. ORA may provide required research education course certificates for the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) system. ORA is the point of contact for any research contracts such as clinical trial agreements, data use agreements, and material transfer agreements. Research projects that require registration on the NIH research database should also start with ORA. Contact: or (816) 235-6247.

The grantsmanship officer, Dr. Mark Nichols ( can assist with project designing, writing and reviewing grant proposals and identifying grant funding mechanisms.

A team of study coordinators called Research Support are available for guidance on how to submit research protocols and consent forms to the applicable review committees such as the UMKC Institutional Review Board (IRB), Children’s Mercy IRB, St. Luke’s Hospital IRB and preparation of the TMC Research Application Form for department approval at TMC. Contact: