Internal Funding Opportunities

Office of the Vice President For Research and Economic Development
ORED Faculty Research Support Program

The Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED) is continuing to fund the tenured and tenure track faculty support program to facilitate research at Mississippi State. This program incorporates a research initiation program, a quick grants program, and a faculty travel program. As we face current and future funding reductions as a university community, it is important that we invest our research support funding in ways that can maximize research productivity and the acquisition of extramural funding. The ORED faculty research support program is intended to provide limited and shared support for faculty that require financial investment in order to pursue research success. Priority will be given to requests for faculty travel to meet with grant program officers to discuss ideas for future proposal submissions.

The main purpose of the Faculty Research Support Program (FRSP) is to provide travel funding to catalyze innovative research, creative and scholarly activities. International travel to foster mutually beneficial partnerships that propel international research engagement is also encouraged. Funding is available to support all fields and is expected to leverage external resources or collaborations resulting in impactful research and creative activities with the potential to elevate the ranking, reputation and research productivity of Mississippi State University.

For a Quick Grant request, email details of the request (no form necessary to complete) to Assistant Vice President for Research Teresa Gammill at tgammill@research.msstate.edu and Research Fiscal Affairs Executive Director Sandy Williamson at sandy@research.msstate.edu and copy Jessica Northcutt at jnorthcutt@research.msstate.edu. For Travel Grant application review, all domestic. faculty research support requests should be emailed to Gammill and Williamson, and copy Northcutt. Each request should be made on the FRSP Request Form available for download at this site (see below) and be routed via email though the appropriate Department Head and Associate Dean for Research for comment, recommendation, funding commitments and signatures (electronic signatures will suffice) before. submitting the application via email to Gammill and Williamson. Domestic travel requests must be received at ORED a minimum of 30 days prior to travel. Requests for international. travel should be sent a minimum of 60 days prior to travel to Richard Nader, Associate Vice President for International Programs and Executive Director, International Institute, rnader@international.msstate.edu, and International Institute Business Manager Tan Tsai tsai@international.msstate.edu after being routed through the requester’s Department Head and Associate Dean for Research with appropriate signatures before submitting the application. Domestic funding requests will be reviewed by a board of senior ORED staff and decisions will be made based on funding commitments by the department and college, accuracy of cost estimate, cost effectiveness, availability of funds, likely return on investment, a clear need being presented and the anticipated results from the travel. International Institute senior staff will review international travel requests using the same criteria. Due to budget constraints, funding will be limited to one approved request per fiscal year for either a domestic travel grant, an international travel grant, or a quick grant. .

ORED will require follow-up reporting for all FRSP funding. All domestic and international travel reports should be provided on the Faculty Research Travel Report Form available for download at this site (see below) and emailed to tgammill@research.msstate.edu. The report should describe the accomplishments of the trip (i.e., What was accomplished during your travel?; How has the travel informed or shaped your future research agenda?; What tangible outputs or outcomes are expected as a result of this travel?).

Reports following international travel must be emailed to Richard Nader at rnader@international.msstate.edu and copy Tan Tsai at tsai@international.msstate.edu.

Faculty travel funds will not. be released until the trip report, due within 30 days after the trip ends, has been received and approved by ORED or the International Institute. A copy of the trip report should be shared with the appropriate Associate Dean for Research. If a travel report is not received within 30 days of the completed travel, ORED/International Institute is not obligated to release the approved funding. .


Cross-College Research Grants

The Office of Research and Economic Development in partnership with the Division of Agriculture, Forestry, and Veterinary Medicine is soliciting proposals from Mississippi State faculty who desire to create interdisciplinary, cross-college research groups. Each award will be funded in the amount of $2,000 and limited to a period of 12 months with a possible one-time renewal for a total period of 24 months and $4,000 support. These funds may not be used for faculty salaries. Faculty teams may apply to either the cross-college program or the undergraduate research program, but not to both.

The goal of the Cross-College Research Grant program is to improve research competitiveness by fostering interdisciplinary collaboration that is focused on a common research theme and leads directly to the submission of a competitive proposal to an external funding agency.

The collaborative, multi-college teams are expected to meet on a regular basis, share research ideas, and submit one or more proposals, based on team activities, to an external funding agency during or very near the period of the award.

To apply for a Cross-College Research Grant, faculty should submit an electronic application using the fillable pdf available on the ORED website (http://www.research.msstate.edu/funds/). If the request is to renew an existing cross-college grant, a reporting form, available from the ORED website, must also be submitted. The proposal must have signature of approval from the Associate Dean for Research for each participating college. The proposals are due to the Associate Dean of the college of the principal investigator no later than September 26, 2016. The Associate Dean will submit the proposal to ORED no later than October 3, 2016. Only electronic submissions will be accepted.

The awardee must:

  1. Attend a principal investigator meeting.
  2. Submit a mid-year progress report that briefly describes group activities.
  3. Submit a final report that briefly describe group activities.
  4. Submit at least one competitive research proposal to an appropriate external funding agency during the period of the award.
  5. Spend the allocated funds during the specified period.

If the terms and conditions specified above are not met, any remaining funds will revert back to ORED.

Questions concerning this opportunity should be addressed to Dr. David Thompson, Special Assistant Vice President for Research, at dthompson@research.msstate.edu or (662)325-3570.


ORED Undergraduate Research Program

The Office of Research and Economic Development is soliciting proposals from Mississippi State faculty in the Division of Research to create innovative, faculty-directed research opportunities for talented undergraduate students. Only the faculty mentor is eligible to apply to this program. This program is distinct from and complementary to other undergraduate research programs at MSU. Faculty may only apply to either the cross-college program or the undergraduate research program but not both. Each award will be funded in the amount of $2,000 and limited to a period of 12 months with a possible one-time renewal for a total period of 24 months and $4,000 support. These funds may not be used for faculty salaries

A wide range of projects will be considered as long as the budget explicitly supports undergraduate research. The ideal project will produce results that can be incorporated into a publication or serve as preliminary results for a proposal submission. Proposed projects that involve interdisciplinary research should highlight how the different disciplines will be engaged in the project.

To apply for an Undergraduate Research Support Grant, faculty should submit an application, available on the ORED website (http://www.research.msstate.edu/funds/), with an attached description of the proposed research not to exceed two pages in length, including the budget, to the appropriate Associate Dean for Research no later than September 26, 2016. The proposal must have signature of approval from the Associate Dean who will submit the proposal to ORED no later than October 3, 2016. Only electronic submissions will be accepted. If the request is to renew an existing grant, the final report form, available on the ORED website, must be submitted with the application.

The awardee must:

  1. Submit a final report using the final report form that briefly describes the activities during the period of performance and highlights the products of the research.
  2. Spend the allocated funds during the specified period.

It is expected that students supported by this program will participate in one of the MSU Undergraduate Research Symposia, which are held in the spring and summer.

If the terms and conditions specified above are not met, any remaining funds will revert back to ORED.

Questions concerning this opportunity should be addressed to Dr. David Thompson, Special Assistant Vice President for Research, at dthompson@research.msstate.edu or (662)325-3570.