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December 3, 2012

SEC Symposium to examine region's impact on renewable energy


The inaugural SEC Symposium is set to take place in Atlanta in February, and its focus is sure to be of interest to many on the Mississippi State University campus.

Officially titled, "Impact of the Southeast in the World's Renewable Energy Future," the special event Feb. 10-12 will examine the bioenergy, solar and wind energy research and development efforts of the SEC's 14 member institutions.

According to the event website: "The SEC Symposium is designed to appeal to a wide variety of individuals interested in the event topic. Corporate representatives are invited to attend alongside academicians and government officials. The SEC also encourages all levels of student participation."

Discounted early registration ends Dec. 14, as does abstract submission for the poster exhibition.

Find more online at http://www.secsymposium.com.

December 5, 2012

Cost recovery critical in tighter budget times


It is no secret that funding for higher education faces significant challenges on campuses around the country. For major research universities like Mississippi State, external funding awards for sponsored programs provide the best alternative funding source for research when other options are limited.

By accepting funding from an outside source, we also accept the responsibility of being good stewards and accounting for those funds to ensure that they are spent properly. It is very important that we recover all of the costs of a project — direct and indirect — to the university.

And in tighter budget times, recovering indirect costs is critical. These dollars represent the cost of doing business, and they are real dollars being spent by Mississippi State to support all of our programs — including sponsored research activities. Without water, electricity and technology, it would be difficult to complete most research projects. Without university support for development of grant proposals, sponsored programs would not even exist. Since it's impossible to attribute these costs to a specific project, MSU must recover them some other way.

Enter indirect costs. Keep in mind that if we don't collect indirect costs, support for your research activities is reduced, and maintenance is deferred on your buildings and labs.

Have questions? Mississippi State's Office of Sponsored Programs Administration staff can give you answers about cost recovery and more, and you might also want to view a great video from the University of Idaho that offers an excellent overview of facilities and administrative (F&A) cost recovery.

The 15-minute production provides general info about F&A, and it's intended for a broad audience. Check it out at https://www.uidaho.edu/osp/training/ospintroductiontofa.

December 10, 2012

SEC visiting faculty travel grant applications wanted


The Southeastern Conference Visiting Faculty Travel Grant Program is intended to enhance faculty collaboration that stimulates scholarly initiatives between SEC universities. It gives faculty from one SEC university the opportunity to travel to another SEC campus to: exchange ideas; develop grant proposals; conduct research; consult with faculty and/or students; offer lectures or symposia; or engage in whatever activities are agreeable to the visitor and host unit.

Mississippi State University can select a maximum of four faculty members to receive 2013 travel grants of $2,500 each for transportation, room, board, etc., to use for travel to another SEC campus.

Travel dates for these visits are between February 2013 and June 30, 2013. The faculty member will contact a host unit that he or she wishes to visit to determine that unit’s receptivity and availability.

Click here to download the application form. Completed applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 11, 2013.

Contact Assistant Vice President for Research Teresa Gammill via e-mail with questions.

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