COVID-19 Research Proposal Task Force

A MSU COVID19 Task Force has been named to catalyze and energize small and large-scale research and programmatic efforts to address and mitigate the COVID19 virus and risks and impacts associated with the virus. The primary focus of this task force is to identify faculty and researchers and facilitate/assist with projects in the developmental or submission-ready stage that address some aspect of this pandemic. This task force seeks to assist individuals in identifying funding opportunities that match their research interests and/or projects and help with facilitating resources and coordinating teams who are interested in working together in specific areas of COVID-19 response and recovery.

As we come to recognize the complexity of the issues surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, researchers with divergent expertise are needed to work together to form new knowledge, generate new ideas, pursue groundbreaking research, and solve these difficult problems. In response to the COVID-19 crisis, there are an increasing number of funding opportunities being issued by a wide array of sponsors, and additional opportunities may arise as a result of bills being passed by congress. The impacts of this pandemic are far-reaching, and all of the disciplines across the university likely have something to contribute--from historians and sociologists to basic and clinical scientists; from social workers, counselors, and psychologists to agriculture scientists, business faculty, economists, and more.

If you are currently involved with COVID19 research projects or would like to be involved in research related to COVID-19 response, recovery, or preparation, we invite and encourage you to complete a cover sheet and white paper (forms linked below) and return via email to Lynn Taylor ltaylor@research.msstate.edu The Task Force will receive papers on a continual basis, with the first deadline being May 6, 2020. Members of the task force will read each submission and facilitate finding collaborators and potential funding opportunities. The COVID-19 Task Force will contact the faculty/researcher with feedback within a few days of submission. As additional ideas emerge, please don’t hesitate to have them sent to Ms. Taylor at any point in the future.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact any member of the Task Force.

COVID-19 Research Proposal Task Force Members

  • Dr. Wes Burger, MAFES and College of Forest Resources
  • Dr. David Buys, College of Ag and Life Sciences, Dept. of Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion
  • Dr. Art Cosby, Social Science Research Center
  • Dr. Teresa Gammill, Office of Research and Economic Development* Co-Chair
  • Ms. Stephanie Hyche, Office of Research Development
  • Dr. Giselle Munn, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Dr. Dan Peterson, Institute for Genomics, Biocomputing and Biotechnology
  • Dr. Kari Reeves, College of Engineering
  • Dr. Holli Seitz, College of Arts and Sciences, Dept. of Communication
  • Dr. David Smith, College of Veterinary Medicine* Co-Chair
  • Support: Lynn Taylor, Office of Research and Economic Development