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Dr. HensonOffice of Research & Sponsored Programs 

The Office of Research & Sponsored Programs (ORSP) will host a Funding and Grant Writing Symposium on Thursday, October 30th in ADUC for the benefit of MSU faculty and staff at all career stages.  The theme will be ”Succeeding  in funding your research and creative endeavors at Morehead State University in today’s competitive funding environment.”
The symposium will begin at 10:00 AM with a plenary speaker and panel discussion in the morning, followed by lunch, then discipline-specific breakout sessions in the afternoon, which will be facilitated by ORSP and led by experienced faculty and staff who have exhibited success in gaining extramural funding for their work.  A special session will be held to provide grant-related information for Administrative Assistants, Academic Department Specialists, and Secretary Specialists, and others.
Link to the symposium agenda
Link to the bio for our Plenary Speaker, Dr. Bert Holmes, University of North Carolina-Asheville
There is no charge for MSU employees.  Attendees who cannot participate for the entire day may attend the morning events and stay for lunch, or come for lunch then stay for the afternoon breakout sessions.  Please call (3-2010) or e-mail Brenda Dehart to register.

Our mission is to provide the best possible support for the faculty, staff and students of Morehead State University in their pursuit of funding for research, other scholarly and creative activities, instruction, and public service. In order to achieve this, our office is organized around three important functions:   

Pre-Award Administration – The Pre-Award Team, under the direction of Ms. Darlene Allen, handles all aspects of proposal development, from identifying funding sources to electronic proposal submission; including budget development/modification, information on specific funding entities, training for new investigators, and more.

Post Award Administration – The Post-Award Team, led by Dr. Shannon Harr, is responsible for duties related to post-award work, including award notifications, contract review, and facilitating account set up with the Office of Accounting and Fiscal Services. Additionally, the team handles research compliance issues ranging from the use of human and animal subjects to contract review; including oversight of state and federal regulations compliance, research ethics, memoranda of agreement, intellectual property, contract negotiations, etc.

Research Enhancement – We are also pleased to provide leadership in providing a variety of resources (internal research funding, release time, undergraduate research fellowships, the annual Celebration of Student Scholarship, etc.) to faculty, staff and students to enhance and improve our institutional research infrastructure and capacity.

Our staff is knowledgeable, friendly, and eager to assist in the quest for external funding. I encourage our MSU family to take full advantage of the many services provided by our office.

With best wishes for your future funding success,       


Michael C. Henson, Ph.D.
Professor, Associate Vice President for Research
& Dean of the Graduate School


Research and Sponsored Programs Calendar

Research News

      • 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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