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Applications sought for cross-college research grant program

A new semester is underway at Mississippi State, and like you, we are anticipating a busy fall in the Office of Research and Economic Development. Please let me take a few minutes of your time for a quick update.

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David Shaw is vice president for research and economic development at Mississippi State University.

Cross-college research grant program returns
ORED and the Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine are again soliciting proposals from Mississippi State faculty who desire to create interdisciplinary, cross-college research groups on campus. The objective of this program is to improve research competitiveness by fostering interdisciplinary collaboration that is focused on a common research theme and leads directly to the submission of a competitive proposal to an external funding agency. The proposal must have signature of approval from the Associate Dean for Research for each participating college. To apply, faculty should submit an application to the Associate Dean for Research for the college of the principal investigator no later than Sept. 26. Additional information is available at http://www.research.msstate.edu/funds

Faculty proposals sought for ORED undergrad research program
In addition to the cross-college grant program, we are soliciting proposals from faculty to create innovative, faculty-directed research opportunities for talented undergraduate students. A wide range of projects will be considered as long as the budget explicitly supports undergraduate research. The ideal project will produce results that can be incorporated into a publication or serve as preliminary results for a proposal submission. To apply, faculty should submit an application with an attached description of the proposed research not to exceed two pages in length, including the budget, to the appropriate Associate Dean for Research no later than Sept. 26. Learn more about this opportunity at http://www.research.msstate.edu/funds

IRB, IACUC protocol submission system now online
We are pleased to report that the online submission system for Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects (IRB) and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) protocols to the Office of Research Compliance is now fully operational. All faculty, staff, and active students should have access to the system using a netID and password by clicking on the myProtocol link at http://www.orc.msstate.edu and MSU affiliates with a netID can be given access upon request. Since we have so many students serving as PIs on IRB protocols, there are two upcoming training sessions about how to complete and submit an application. The first takes place on Sept. 7 from 2-3:30 p.m., and the second one is set for Sept. 14 from 10-11:30 a.m. Each one will be held in 205 Bost. Seating is limited to 20 per class, and if interested, please register at http://www.orc.msstate.edu/training or email irb@research.msstate.edu or call 662-325-3294 to request one-on-one training or web-based training.

Sept. 15 deadline for NSF EPSCoR Track II seed grants
Mississippi State researchers are invited to submit a proposal for seed grants for "Feeding and Powering the World: Solar Water Splitting/Catalysis for Solar Fuels and Fertilizers." These grants will be awarded under the 2015-2019 collaborative Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama EPSCoR Track II award (OIA-1539035) from the National Science Foundation. There are three research focus areas: development of efficient solar cells for fuel production, including dye synthesis and combined photo-catalytic systems for efficient light energy harvesting and conversion; development of catalysts for efficient light energy chemical transformation and storage, such as water reduction/oxidation, CO2 reduction, and N2 reduction; and, computational approaches to development of chromophores and catalysts for solar fuels. Proposals should be contained in a single PDF file and sent as an email attachment to nhammer@olemiss.edu with a copy to me at dshaw@research.msstate.edu and Teresa Gammill at tgammill@research.msstate.edu. Proposals are due by midnight on Sept. 15. For additional information about the program, please see www.feeding-and-powering-the-world.org

Kudos and congratulations
I always look forward to sharing success stories about our faculty and staff with you, and here are a few that have crossed my desk recently:

* Kudos to John Marszalek, Giles Distinguished Professor of history emeritus and executive director of the Ulysses S. Grant Association and Library, whose recently published work, "The Best Writings of Ulysses S. Grant," is among six books recognized by the Army Historical Foundation for excellence in writing on U.S. Army history. Read more at http://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2016/08/msu%e2%80%99s-marszalek-recognized-collection-grant%e2%80%99s-writings

* Congratulations to Keith Coble, who has been named head of the Department of Agricultural Economics. Read more at http://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2016/08/risk-management-expert-named-head-msu-agricultural-economics

* Kudos to Mimmo Parisi, executive director of the National Strategic Planning and Analysis Research Center and professor in the Department of Sociology, who has been appointed to the Southern Regional Education Board. Dr. Parisi was also honored recently with the Rural Sociological Society's 2016 Excellence in Research Award. Read more at http://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2016/08/msu%e2%80%99s-parisi-serve-southern-regional-education-board and http://www.msstate.edu/newsroom/article/2016/08/society-honors-msu%e2%80%99s-parisi-research-excellence-award

Final words
On a personal note, I'd like to thank everyone for your thoughts and prayers after the loss of my father last month. My family and I appreciate your kind words and support.

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