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Internal Funding

The Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED) provides limited and shared support for tenured/tenure track faculty who require financial investment in order to pursue research success.

Questions concerning these opportunities should be addressed to Dr. Devon Brenner at or (662) 325-3570.

MSU 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 are jointly issuing a special call for proposals for research that advances inclusion, diversity, equity, and access for the 20-21 school year. 

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. 

Scholarship 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.

Details for this grant program for the 2021-2022 school year will be announced in the Fall.


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 2020-2021 school year can log in and submit their final report at any time. 

Undergraduate Research Program

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, promote research, establish partnerships, 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. 

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