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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 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.
      • Morehead State University's 21st Century Education Enterprise has been awarded a $149,999 grant from the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education's Improving Educator Quality program for its project titled "Engineering Authentic Experiences in the Next Generation Science Classroom.” Click here for more information.
      • Dr. Alison Hruby, Assistant Professor of English, has been awarded a $2,000 grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. Her project, titled "The effects of frequent reading on the reading comprehension abilities of tenth grade struggling readers in rural Kentucky," aims to improve the reading comprehension of tenth grade students placed in a remedial English class by increasing the students' reading time by at least 100 minutes per week. The outcome of the project will be measured using the students' reading scores on the Spring 2015 Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) test. For more information about the project, please contact Dr. Hruby at 606-783-2732 or via e-mail.
      • The National Institutes of Health has renewed the Kentucky IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (KBRIN) Program. Headed by the University of Louisville, KBRIN aims to develop a network of support, infrastructure and capacity for biomedical researchers and educators within the Commonwealth. The total award to Morehead State University totals $463,845, which includes neuroscience laboratory renovations in Reed Hall. For additional information, please contact Dr. Bruce Mattingly, KBRIN Program Coordinator, at 606-783-2544 or via e-mail.
      • Dr. Kurt Gibbs, Assistant Professor of Biology, has received a $319,346 award from the National Institutes of Health Academic Research Enhancement Awards (AREA) program. Dr. Gibbs' proposal, titled "miRNA expression after spinal cord compression injury in Xenopus laevis," aims to determine how developmental changes in microRNA expression affect the ability of Xenopus frogs to regenerate their spinal cords, which in turn can increase understanding of the genetic regulation associated with recovery from spinal cord injury and generate new therapeutic targets to promote recovery in humans. For additional information, please contact Dr. Gibbs at 606-783-2932 or via e-mail.
      • Early Child, Elementary and Special Education Professor Edna Schack has been awarded more than $154,000 from the National Science Foundation's Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) program for a collaborative project focused on developing prospective teachers' professional noticing skills with respect to children's mathematical thinking. The three-year project, titled "Collaborative Research: TECHNO: TECHnology-Centered Mathematical NOticing," is a collaboration with Dr. Jonathan Thomas (Northern Kentucky University), Dr. Molly Fisher (University of Kentucky), and Dr. Cindy Jong (University of Kentucky). The project builds upon previous work by further developing previously successful materials, and includes a new focus on early algebraic thought. For additional information, please contact Dr. Schack at 606-783-2501 or via e-mail.
      • 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.




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