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11/3/15 - Mississippi Research Consortium issues call for working group proposals

The Mississippi Research Consortium has issued a call for working group proposals to identity potential statewide research initiatives enabling multi-disciplinary research programs that capitalize on existing and potential strengths in Mississippi and increase the breadth and depth of research at the MRC institutions.

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The MRC is putting forth this call to identify potential statewide research initiatives enabling multi-disciplinary research programs that capitalize on existing and potential strengths in Mississippi and increase the breadth and depth of research at the MRC institutions.

In order to achieve these goals, the MRC seeks to develop working groups that have faculty participants from all four MRC institutions -- Mississippi State, Jackson State, University of Southern Mississippi and University of Mississippi/University of Mississippi Medical Center -- to foster potential collaborative proposals. Themes of these working groups should be forward-looking, envisioning where the next frontiers of science will be, and how to best position Mississippi to meet these opportunities.

The MRC has allocated funding at each institution to support these working groups, in the amount of $2,000 per institution on each group. Thus, collectively the groups will have $8,000 to use at their discretion within state procurement guidelines. Examples of uses could include travel to meetings of the working group, travel to other locations, seed funding for data collection, and travel for guest speakers and visiting scientists.

A total of five working groups will be selected. These working groups will help the MRC identify unique opportunities for funding initiatives from a variety of sources. The concept papers will also play an important role when competitive selection is necessary for statewide proposal submission efforts to relevant federal agencies.

Mississippi State faculty, researchers and staff are encouraged to submit concept papers via email to Vice President for Research and Economic Development David Shaw at dshaw@research.msstate.edu. All papers must be submitted no later than Dec. 15.

Please contact Assistant Vice President for Research Teresa Gammill at tgammill@research.msstate.edu with questions.

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