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Internal Funding

The Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED) coordinates a number of funding programs for faculty at MSU. Questions concerning these opportunities should be addressed to Dr. Devon Brenner at or (662) 325-3570.

ORED/OIDI Research to Advance Inclusion Diversity, Equity and Access

The Mississippi State University Office of Research and Economic Development and the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion provide support for grants to advance inclusion, diversity, equity, and access. 

Launched in the fall of 2020, this funding opportunity is designed to support new research and creative activities in any discipline that contribute to understanding of racial equity. Projects proposed for this call must be innovative, new, or reflect a new application of existing research, and should contribute to the identification, study and/or remediation of identified factors that contribute to racism, bias, and inequities here at MSU and beyond our campus, including local communities, the state of Mississippi, and the nation. Scholarship from all disciplines and a wide variety of methodological traditions is appropriate for this program. 

Projects funded by this program might address or be relevant to:

  • Identification, study and remediation of identified factors that contribute to racism, bias and/or inequities.
  • The complex relationship of issues of race as they intersect with identity, including gender, class, sexual orientation, and ability. 
  • Research that documents challenges and/or research that investigates action-based solutions.
  • The student experience at MSU - to represent a step toward combatting racism and fostering a university culture based on equity and inclusion. 
  • Other topics consistent with the overall goal of understanding barriers to and advancing inclusion, diversity, equity, and access.

Proposals for funding are due by 5:00 PM on Friday, October 1, 2021. Submissions for proposals are now closed.

Proposals for funding must be uploaded in MSU's InfoReady submission portal. Learn more about submission requirements and review criteria by clicking the link for ORED/OIDI Research to Advance Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access at the link below.

Infoready Submission Portal

Undergraduate Research Program

The ORED Undergraduate Research Program is intended to foster innovative, faculty-directed research opportunities for undergraduate students. This program is distinct from and complementary to other undergraduate research programs at MSU. A wide range of projects will be considered as long as the budget explicitly supports undergraduate research. The ideal project will engage one or more undergraduate student(s) in meaningful scholarly activity and may produce results that can be incorporated into a publication or presentation or serve as preliminary results for a proposal submission. Applications for undergrad research projects are due in the fall of each year.

Undergraduate Research grants are reimbursable when activities are complete. Faculty who received undergraduate research funding for the 2021-2022 school year can log in and submit their final report at any time. 

Proposals for the 2021-2022 Undergraduate Research Program will be accepted between August 15 and September 15, 2021. Submissions for proposals are now closed. 

Undergraduate Research Program

ORED Support for Writing for The Conversation

MSU’s partnership with The Conversation allows faculty to communicate research to a broad audience ( The Conversation publishes faculty-written articles under a Creative Commons license, meaning that other news sources can republish The Conversation’s content. Publishing your work in The Conversation communicates MSU’s scholarly activities to wider audiences and increases the public’s understanding about the types of work being done at MSU. Writing for The Conversation also provides benefits to MSU scholars. Previous articles written by MSU faculty have been viewed by thousands of readers, republished by national and international news outlets, and have led to media interviews, new research collaborations, and writing opportunities. In order to recognize the importance of sharing research with a wide variety of audiences ORED will provide a $500 incentive for any MSU faculty member whose work is successfully published in The Conversation.

Articles published in The Conversation are brief, timely, and should be written in an approachable, informative manner. Faculty must pitch a topic or idea and receive a commission from The Conversation before drafting an article. For more on writing for The Conversation, visit


  1. Faculty should contact Allison Matthews at or Harriet Laird at to discuss article ideas prior to making a pitch to The Conversation.
  2. Once an article idea or pitch is accepted, an editor from The Conversation will be assigned and will support the development of your article.
  3. Once your article is published, email a link to the published article to
  4. Funds will be transferred to your department and can be used to support any research activity (e.g. travel to present at a conference or collect data, purchase of equipment or supplies, student worker stipend, etc.)
  5. Faculty may receive ORED support for writing for The Conversation one time per academic school year (July 1 to June 30.)
  6. For more information or with questions about this program, contact ORED at For more on writing for The Conversation, visit
  7. Funding for MSU’s partnership with The Conversation comes from the Office of Public Affairs, the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President, and the Office of Research and Economic Development.

Travel Grants for Program Officer Visits

The Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED) will reimburse faculty members to support a round-trip, out of town visit for the purpose of meeting with a program officer. The reimbursement will not exceed $2000 and is limited to one reimbursement per faculty/per year (July 1 – June 30). Cross-college teams of 2 or more members may request support up to a total of $4,000 for a joint visit to multiple agencies. Requests should be submitted to ORED at least four weeks in advance of the travel dates. The request will be reviewed within two weeks. Trips taken prior to travel grant approval will not be reimbursed by ORED.

The goal of the program is to improve the competitiveness of proposals from Mississippi State University faculty and researchers by facilitating interaction with prospective sponsors. Visits with program officers also provide opportunities for faculty members and researchers to provide general information about MSU and their area(s) of expertise. 

Successful applicants are encouraged to maximize the opportunity to travel. Meeting with two or more program officers at one agency, or program officers at two or more different agencies during the visit provides the most value for the time and funds expended. Travel awards will be determined by scope of visit and availability of funds.

Travel Grants for Program Officer Visits

ORED Quick Grants

On occasion, faculty may request quick grants to support research. ORED Quick Grants may be available on a limited basis to support activities that have a high likelihood of furthering research endeavors, (e.g., may lead to external funding, for data collection, to establish partnerships with a high likelihood of return, etc.). It is expected that the department and college will also contribute to funding for activities supported by Quick Grants.

Faculty who wish to apply for a Quick Grant can contact the Faculty Research Support Program coordinator Devon Brenner at to learn more about this program and to determine whether plans may be eligible for funding. Travel to present at conferences will not be supported by a Quick Grant.

To apply for a Quick Grant, send email that describes the need for funding, activities to be funded, amounts requested, and information about the potential external funding source and/or benefit to MSU. The email should be routed to the Department Head and Associate Dean for Research for approval prior to being forwarded to ORED at Requests will be reviewed by a committee of ORED senior administrators.