Office of Sponsored Programs

The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) brings organization and assistance to those faculty and staff members who wanted to seek funding for research, scholarship and creative activities. 

OSP is a one-stop shop that assists faculty/staff in locating funding, matching ideas to the sponsor, creation of budgets, ensuring compliance with both sponsor and university regulations and the submission of grant proposal to federal, state and private agencies. OSP is centered upon customer service and encompasses the following activities to assist MSU faculty, administrators, staff and students in their pursuit of external grant and contract funding:

  • Pre-proposal Stage: Developing or expanding proposal ideas; Identifying faculty/staff collaborators; Identifying potential funding sources; Obtaining and interpreting guidelines; Assisting in planning a proposal; Offering grant proposal development training; and Developing regional, domestic and international projects.
  • Proposal Stage: Facilitating proposal routing to obtain appropriate internal approval; Assisting in developing a budget and budget narrative; Assisting in completing university and agency forms; Reviewing proposals and providing feedback; Editing proposals; and Proposal submission.
  • Post-proposal Stage: Coordinating contract negotiations; Disseminating award documents; Assisting in technology transfer; Analyzing reviewer comments for resubmission; Assisting in copyright issues; Completing material transfer agreements; Facilitating contract routing to obtain appropriate internal approval; Reporting under the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency; Monitoring Responsible Conduct of Research; Technical Program Reports; and Budget revisions such as Sub-award creation, Budget reallocation modifications and amendments. Involvement in research generally requires compliance training or a review of your proposed work. Please click the Compliance/Training tab on this page for the required training in these areas.

If you are receiving federal funding, you must have completed training in the Responsible Conduct of Research and Financial Conflict of Interest. RCR is mandatory for students paid from NSF funds.

If you involve human subjects in your research, please contact Jonathan Baskin. Please click the Murray State Institutional Review Board link in the navigation bar. You must have the Institutional Review Board review and approve your research protocol prior to beginning your work.

If your research involves animals please contact Kristi Stockdale for instructions.

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Dr. Laura Bennett

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