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Funding Opportunities


Internal Funding

Morehead State University supports the research endeavors of its faculty and staff by offering internal funding opportunities:

  • The Research and Creative Productions Committee. A pool of funds administered by the University Research and Creative Productions Committee is available annually to support small research and/or creative production projects (up to $5,000) of faculty. Proposals are due in October each year for one-year projects beginning January. Click here for application guidelines
  • Research and Creative Productions Committee Summer Fellowships. A pool of funds administered by the University Research and Creative Productions Committee is available annually to provide summer salary support ($5,000) for faculty engaged in research and/or creative production projects. Applications are due in November each year for projects the following summer. Click here for application guidelines.




External Funding

Sponsored Programs Information Network (SPIN)

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) subscribes to the Sponsored Programs Information Network (SPIN), a valuable resource available to assist faculty and staff in identifying external funding sources appropriate for their projects.

The network, developed by InfoEd International, includes three separate features geared toward helping both MSU faculty and RSP staff search for external funding and collaborate with researchers across the globe:

  • SPIN (Sponsored Programs Information Network): A searchable database of funding opportunities from current national and international government and private funding sources, including fellowships, research grants, publication support, curriculum development, and more. SPIN can be used to conduct manual searches of funding opportunities, but also has an advanced search tool allowing users to identify funding by specific scientific keywords, grant types and sponsors.
  • GENIUS (Global Expertise Network for Industry, Universities and Scholars): GENIUS can assist investigators in identifying potential collaborators through a registry and expertise profile system that contains profiles and/or curriculum vitae created and updated by faculty. GENUIS is used to store specific information about the user, such as scientific areas of interest, biosketches, degrees and contact information.
  • SMARTS (SPIN Matching and Research Transmittal Service): An automated daily alert system that uses both the GENIUS profiles and SPIN database to notify investigators of relevant new programs that match their profiles. SMARTS sends relevant funding opportunities to users via daily E-mail reports (when there are relevant matches) in either summary or full program format.

ORSP will work individually with faculty and staff to develop customized SPIN searches and profiles to assist in identifying funding opportunities for their research interests. To schedule an appointment, contact Janet Cline at 3-2541, or via e-mail at

Click here to access the SPIN database. is a federally-managed central storehouse for information on more than 1,000 grant programs from the 26 federal grant-making agencies. The web site allows users to search for grant opportunities by agency, keywords, or specific opportunities. ORSP acts as the Authorized Organizational Representative for all proposals submitted from the University through

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Research and Sponsored Programs Calendar

Research News

      • The Appalachian Rural Dental Education Partnership (ARDEP), funded by the Appalachian Regional Commission since 2011, is a partnership between MSU, The University of Kentucky and St. Claire Regional Medical Center formed to develop a sustainable rural dental education program for the Appalachian region of Kentucky. Additionally, the program helped establish onsite oral health services. This informational video feature provides more information.

      • The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs is proud of Morehead State University’s world-class faculty, whose dedication to teaching, service and research are highlighted in the inaugural edition of Faculty Profiles of Research, Creativity and Student Engagement. This new annual publication highlights the diverse array of faculty and student scholarship taking place at MSU.

      • MSU's Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) has received a $155,000 award from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to support long-term disaster recovery in Eastern Kentucky. The project, led by RSVP Project Director Teresa Judd, will support two volunteer case management positions to aid in the on-going needs of the residents affected by the floods that devastated areas of in Carter, Rowan, and Johnson counties in July 2015. For additional information, click here.

      • Dr. Shannon Harr, Director of Research Integrity and Compliance in the MSU Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, is the 2015 recipient of the Distinguished Staff Service Award. The award, initiated in 1990, honors staff that demonstrate service above and beyond one's job responsibilities both on campus and in the community. More information about Dr. Harr and the Staff Service Award is available here.

      • The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has awarded MSU's Space Science Center a $7.9 million contract as part of its Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP) to advance concept studies and technology development projects in the areas of advanced propulsion, habitation and small satellites. This contract is the largest sponsored research program award in the University's history. Click here for more information.




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