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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



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Research News

      • 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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