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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.

ORED Faculty Travel Program

The ORED Travel Program is temporarily on hold until MSU travel restrictions are lifted.

Because of rapidly changing conditions and uncertainty about travel restrictions for the fall, ORED will not hold a competition for the ORED Travel Program for Fall 2020. However, when travel restrictions are lifted ORED will begin considering applications for Quick Grants that can be used to help fund domestic travel to support research. 

Through December 2020, tenured and tenure-track faculty may request Quick Grant funding to support domestic travel to support research. This includes travel for meetings with program officers to discuss ideas for future proposal submissions, travel to present at domestic and international conferences (contingent on acceptance and presentation of a paper, poster, or other presentation) or travel to initiate or conduct research. See the submission process for Quick Grants described below.

Contact Devon Brenner at with any questions about using Quick Grant funding to support travel.

Undergraduate Research Program

The ORED Undergraduate Research Program is intended to foster innovative, faculty-directed research opportunities for talented undergraduate students led by tenured or tenure track faculty. 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 produce results that can be incorporated into a publication or serve as preliminary results for a proposal submission. Applications for undergrad research projects are due in the fall of each year.

Faculty who have received undergraduate research funding for the 2019-2020 school year can log in and submit their final report when the project is complete at any time.

Undergraduate Research Program

ORED Quick Grants

On occasion, faculty may need quick grants to support research. ORED Quick Grants may be available on a limited basis to support travel to meet with a governmental or foundation program officer or engage in other activities that have a high likelihood of leading to external funding and that require short term turnaround. For Fall of 2020 Quick Grants may also be used to support faculty travel for research. 

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. Due to budget constraints, faculty who have received ORED Faculty Travel Support funding are not eligible for a Quick Grant in the same fiscal year.

To apply for a Quick Grant, draft a detailed email that describes the need for funding, activities to be funded, amounts requested (up to $500 may be requested for domestic travel), and information about the potential external funding source. 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.