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Post-Award Administration

In an effort to facilitate project directors' success in managing their awards, the following offices work closely together in a collaborative post-award effort. These offices provide faculty and staff with the support needed to implement his or her project by providing a variety of important services.

The following details each office offering post-award services, the services offered, and contact information.

Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) is the administrative unit responsible for:

  • Reviewing grant and contract account award notifications to ensure compliance with University policies and external funding source guidelines
  • Negotiating contract obligations and budgets
  • Revising budgets
  • Securing administrative signatures
  • Transmitting contracts to funding sources
  • Notifying the Office of Accounting and Budgetary Control of funded contracts and grants by forwarding copies of awards and budgets

Shannon Harr, Director of Research Integrity and Compliance, is the contact for post-award administration in ORSP. He can be reached by phone at 606.783.2307, or by e-mail at

Office of Accounting and Financial Services

The Office of Accounting and Financial Services (AFS) is the fiscal unit responsible for the financial administration of all restricted grants and contracts. Its goal is to ensure that routine financial matters are completed in accordance with MSU's policies and procedures.

AFS is responsible for:

  • Reviewing proposals for financial accuracy
  • Establishing new grant or contract accounts on MSU's general ledger
  • Preparing and submitting all financial invoices and reports in accordance with agency requirements
  • Maintaining the time and effort reporting system
  • Approving all financial transactions (purchase orders, check requests, travel, Personnel Action Requests, budget transfers, workstudy requests, etc.)
  • Depositing all monies received
  • Developing the fringe benefit rates
  • Negotiating the University's Facilities and Administrative (F&A) rate

Shana Savard-Hogge, Grants and Contracts Accountant, is the contact person for restricted project accounts. She can be reached by phone at 606.783.2132, or by e-mail at


Procurement is responsible for:

  • Procuring all goods and services for the University in a legal, timely and cost-effective manner in accordance with federal, state and local laws and policies, including the Kentucky Model Procurement Code
  • Overseeing the approval of all purchase orders and personal service contracts provided in grant or contract awards

LaDonna Purcell is the contact person for approval paths and MSU procedures related to procuring goods or personal services. She can be reached by phone at 606-783-2323, or by e-mail at

Office of Human Resources

The Office of Human Resources (OHR) is responsible for overseeing the hiring process for all full-time, part-time, and temporary positions. MSU has procedures established for filling positions depending on the types of appointments being made. See "Personnel Policy PG-3: Types of Appointments," for the types of appointments that can be made at the University.

MSU is committed to recruit, employ, retain and promote in compliance with the principles of equal employment opportunity and affirmative action. The University follows a program of broad, comprehensive, open recruitment for full-time positions.

All positions are recruited and processed through the OHR in accordance with the Affirmative Action Plan. There are also requirements established for hiring part-time and temporary positions. For either type of appointment, a Personnel Action Request (PAR) must be initiated online by the hiring supervisor and approved by the OHR, the Affirmative Action Officer, and appropriate administrators prior to an offer of employment being made to a candidate. PAR guidelines are available for download here.

Sandra Bush, Employment and Records Manager, is the staff member responsible for overseeing the hiring process. Contact her following the award of a grant or contract if hiring someone, or if anyone is to receive supplemental pay in conjunction with a project's activity. She can be reached by phone at 606.783.2097, or by e-mail at

Payroll Office

The Payroll Office is responsible for processing all salary and hourly wage payments to employees at MSU in the most accurate, efficient and timely manner possible while maintaining compliance with all federal, state and local regulations.

The Payroll Office disburses payments upon receipt of an approved Personnel Action Request (PAR). The Datatel version of a PAR will be a New Hire and Rehire (PEHR) document. All employees are paid on the 15th and 30th of each month. If this date falls on a weekend or holiday, the release is the preceding work day.

Regular and College workstudy non-exempt (hourly) employees are paid according to hours submitted for the previous semi-monthly pay period; exempt (salary) payments are paid for the current period in equal installments.

Pay schedules may be obtained here. All payments should be disbursed over the span of the individual's actual work period. A Web Time Entry Supervisory Approval Form must be on file in the Payroll Office to establish employees responsible for entering and approving payroll for each department. Required documents for pay disbursements are: Federal W-4, State K-4, and when applicable, Chosen Retirement Options and Insurance Options. All these forms are available online here.

Please begin paperwork as soon as possible to avoid delays in payroll processing. Please alert the Payroll Office immediately when notified of an unexpected termination.

Gaylena Cline, Payroll Manager, is the contact person for payroll related questions. She can be reached by phone at 606.783.2145, or by e-mail at .

Student Employment

Project directors may want to hire a student(s) to perform work related to grants/contracts. The hiring process for students at MSU is facilitated by the Office of Financial Aid. In order to hire a student to perform work on a grant/contract, contact Jeanette Johnson, Student Employment Support Specialist at 606.783.2000 or

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Research News

      • The Appalachian Regional Commission has awarded MSU a $500,000 grant to continue the Appalachian Rural Dental Educational Program, an initiative started in 2011 with the University of Kentucky and the University of Pikeville to increase the number of practicing dentists in Appalachia, and provide a campus-based oral health awareness program. For more information, click here to view the official news release.
      • The Office of Accounting & Financial Services has released the 2014-2015 Fiscal Year Fringe Benefit Rates for all sponsored program budgeting. These rates are in effect for grants and contracts beginning on or after July 1, 2014. For more information, please contact the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs at 606-783-2010.
      • The US Environmental Protection Agency, through the Kentucky Division of Water, has awarded Morehead State University a three-year, $376,893 grant for implementation of the Triplett Creek Watershed Based Plan. Led by Environmental Center Director April Haight, the project aims to reduce nonpoint source pollutant loads in the Triplett Creek Watershed and meet water quality standards by implementing a plan that calls for a range of best management practices that target sediment, bacteria, nutrients, and other pollutants. Additional information about this project can be found by contacting April Haight at 606-783-2455.
      • The Kentucky Environmental Education Council has awarded Morehead State University a $112,000 grant to administer the Kentucky University Partnership for Environmental Education (KUPEE). KUPEE focuses on achieving systemic change in the way universities prepare educators and future leaders by ensuring environmental education is central to colleges of education across the Commonwealth. Led by Biology Professor Brian Reeder, KUPEE is a partnership between MSU and Eastern Kentucky University, Kentucky State University, Murray State University, Northern Kentucky University, and Western Kentucky University. For more information about the project, please contact Brian Reeder at 606-783-2957.
      • The US Department for Health and Human Services' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has awarded Morehead State University a 3-year, $267,064 grant to design and implement a campus Suicide Prevention Program on all of MSU's campuses.  Directed by Mental Health Counselor Carol Barnett, the project seeks to create a Suicide Prevention Program that will systematically create a campus environment that is safer for all students, staff, and faculty, to intervene and assist those at risk for suicide, and to create an enhanced infrastructure to promote a cultural change regarding the perception of mental health. For more information about the project, please contact Carol Barnett at 606-783-2123.




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