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The ORSP mission is the provide leadership, information, direction, and technical assistance to MSU faculty, staff and students in their pursuit of excellence in research, public service, and lifelong learning.




1. Pre Award Administration: To encourage, facilitate, and enhance external grant/contract funding in support of MSU's instructional, research, and public service mission.


2. Research Integrity and Compliance: To ensure compliance with all federal, state, university, and agency regulations and laws regarding the responsible conduct of research (e.g., conflict of interest, misconduct in research, etc.), research involving human and animal subjects (e.g., IRB, IACUC), the protection of intellectual property, as well as university representations, certifications, and contractual terms.

3. Research Enhancement: To encourage and support the development and maintenance of high quality research, scholarship, and other creative activities of faculty and students to enhance the academic and intellectual culture of the University.




Pre Award

The Pre-Award unit within ORSP provides a wide variety of specific services to assist all faculty and staff with external funding, including but not limited to:

  • Faculty and staff consultations
  • Funding source identifications and searches
  • Guideline interpretations
  • Agency contacts
  • Budget development
  • Proposal forms preparation
  • Proposal review and approval routing (this includes critiquing narratives)
  • Proposal submission (electronic and hardcopy)
  • Post award budgets, contracts, and account set-up notification
  • Troubleshooting with PIs, agencies, on-campus departments
  • Education and training workshops
  • Quarterly and annual reports of external grant/contract activity
  • Annual report of earned Facilities and Administrative (F&A) costs

Research Integrity and Compliance

The Research Integrity & Compliance unit within ORSP offers a wide variety of services that aid in research compliance and a smooth transition to post-award work, including, but not limited to:

  • Award notifications
  • Contract review and approvals
  • Agency contract negotiations
  • Subcontract development and review
  • Liaison with Accounting & Fiscal Services, Human Resources, Payroll, and Support Services
  • Progress report submissions
  • Oversight of Institutional Review Board (IRB) for Human Subjects
  • Oversight of Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
  • Oversight of Intellectual Property Committee
  • Oversight of Research Misconduct Committee
  • Oversight of Conflict of Interest Committee

Research Enhancement

ORSP offers a number of programs to encourage and facilitate faculty and student research, scholarship, and other creative activities. These programs include:

For Faculty:

  • Research and Creative Productions Grants (up to $5,000) - administered by the University Research and Creative Productions Committee
  • Research and Creative Productions Summer Fellowships ($5,000) - administered by the University Research and Creative Productions Committee
  • Grants Cash Match Fund
  • F&A Reimbursement Incentive Fund

For Students:

  • Undergraduate Research Fellows Program
  • Student Research Travel Awards
  • Annual Celebration of Student Scholarship



Research and Sponsored Programs Calendar

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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