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October 20, 2010

NSF grant proposal writing webinar today

Join the Office of Research and Economic Development and the Bagley College of Engineering from noon to 3:30 p.m. today for an informative webinar about proposal writing for National Science Foundation grants. The workshop will be divided into two 75-minute sessions with a 15-minute break between segments, and will be held in the Dunn Conference Room of McCain Engineering Building.

Additional details about the free webinar are available online at

October 29, 2010

NSF, NIH webinars on the calendar

Don't miss these informative webinars sponsored by the Office of Research and Economic Development in November:

NSF Project Evaluation and Broader Impacts
Wed., Nov. 3, Noon - 3 p.m., Dunn Conference Room, McCain Bldg.
No Registration Required

NSF Mock Panel Review of an actual proposal submitted to the CCLI Program
Wed., Nov. 10, Noon - 3 p.m., Dunn Conference Room, McCain Bldg.
No Registration Required

NSF Building A Better NSF Proposal: Summary Page, Intellectual Merit, and Impact
Wed., Nov. 10, Noon - 1 p.m., Fowlkes Auditorium, Colvard Union.
Please register at

How To Present the Research Plan in the New NIH Format
Tuesday, Nov. 16, 1 - 2 p.m., Bost Theater, Bost Bldg.
Please register at

May 4, 2011

NSF official: Cyber infrastructure critical


National Science Foundation EPSCoR Program Director Jennifer M. Schopf (right) visits with EPSCoR student Joy Esters (left) of Millsaps College during Mississippi EPSCoR's annual conference at Mississippi State University in April.

Stormy spring skies didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of more than 100 student researchers and faculty advisers from around the state who attended the Mississippi Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) annual meeting April 14-15 at Mississippi State University.

In spite of tornado warnings throughout day two of the conference, participants enjoyed a full agenda of presentations, networking opportunities and special speakers at this year’s gathering, according to education and outreach coordinator Katie Echols.

“It was wonderful to be able to showcase the work our students and faculty are pursuing thanks to EPSCoR programs and funding. The feedback we have received from the meeting has been very encouraging,” she said.

In Mississippi, the initiative funded by a National Science Foundation grant identifies, develops and deploys academic science and technology to increase the state’s research and development competitiveness and foster economic growth.

The program provides a platform for advancing scientific capabilities in the state, and also seeks to identify and enhance capacity needs and give stakeholders the ability to address those needs. For example, a new, high-speed Internet research ring is one of EPSCoR’s goals as it helps the state take advantage of major project funding opportunities.

“Without the new networking backbone and a robust cyber infrastructure, Mississippi institutions would be crippled in their ability to compete effectively for many NSF programs. They are critical,” said National Science Foundation (NSF) EPSCoR Program Director Jennifer M. Schopf, who was on campus to provide an update of the program from a Washington perspective.

EPSCoR programs utilize the resources of MSU, as well as the universities of Mississippi and Southern Mississippi and Jackson State University, under the auspices of the Mississippi Research Consortium. (For more, see

For additional information about EPSCoR, visit or contact Echols at or 662-325-8904.

July 6, 2011

Registration now open for Science: Becoming the Messenger


The intersection of scientific discovery with everyday life and its impact on our society will be explored during the National Science Foundation's 2011 Science: Becoming the Messenger conference hosted by Mississippi State University Aug. 29.

Principal investigators, early career researchers and engineers, graduate students, post-docs, and public information officers in the state of Mississippi are invited to attend this free workshop to learn more about communicating science to the media and general public.

Online registration is now open at

September 8, 2011

SURA opportunity targets hydrology and agriculture

The Southeastern Universities Research Association (SURA) has announced plans to develop a Category 1 “incubation grant” that will build on the advances made through the IOOS Coastal Ocean Modeling Testbed to address the goals of the joint NSF-National Institute of Food and Agriculture's Water Sustainability and Climate (WSC) program.

Successful proposals will result in projects of one to two years in duration for up to $150,000.

According to SURA, "The intent of Category 1 awards is to hold workshops, develop teams and articulate plans for the establishment of a study site or modeling effort. The intent of a potential SURA-led Category 1 proposal would be to explore extending the IOOS Coastal Ocean Modeling Testbed to understand and predict the interactions between the water system and climate change, land use (including agriculture, managed forest and rangeland systems), the built environment, and ecosystem function and services through place-based research and integrative models in the Gulf of Mexico and on the US Atlantic Coast. We are especially interested in establishing linkages with colleagues in hydrology and agriculture to further advance predictive understanding of the whole water system."

A copy of the full program solicitation is available from the Mississippi State University Office of Research and Economic Development website at

If you are interested in participating in the development of an NSF-NIFA WSC Category 1 project, please contact Liz Smith (, Don Wright ( or Mary Ann Ottinger ( by Monday, Sept. 12 and include a statement of your interests as they pertain to this opportunity.

Proposals are due Oct. 19, 2011.

November 28, 2012

NSF: Universities report highest-ever R&D spending in FY11


University spending on research and development in all fields continued to increase between FY 2010 and FY 2011, rising 6.3% from $61.2 billion to $65.1 billion, according to FY 2011 data from the National Science Foundation's Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) Survey, released this week by the federal agency.

When adjusted for inflation, higher education R&D rose by 4.3% in FY 2011.

The NSF says that funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) was responsible for much of the increase, with ARRA-funded expenditures totaling $4.2 billion in FY 2011. ARRA funding represented 10.2% of the federally funded R&D expenditures for FY 2011. Including ARRA funding, the total federal funding for higher education R&D rose to $40.8 billion in FY 2011, or 62.6% of the $65.1 billion total.

Expenditures funded by state and local government, business, and other sources were virtually unchanged.

You can find the entire report by clicking here.

April 2, 2014

Busy spring semester for research, economic development

Like many of you, we have had a busy spring semester in the Office of Research and Economic Development. In mid-March, we celebrated the official groundbreaking of The Mill at Mississippi State University, a $40-million mixed-used development that will transform the historic Cooley Building property into an economic development asset for our campus and community. I am very excited about this project’s potential, and believe it will serve as a catalyst for additional opportunities in the near future. For more about it, please see the Office of Public Affairs news release at


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

Starkville-Oktibbeha school consolidation moving forward
As I write this, the Legislature just passed HB 2818, which codified the recommendations from the recent Consolidation Commission on which I had the opportunity to represent MSU. This legislation and the follow-on activities that are now sure to come will have some of the most far-reaching impacts on our city, county and university of anything in the past half-century. It is exciting to see the role that Mississippi State can play in impacting the education of our children, the economic development that can occur, and the enhanced quality of life that will result. This is yet one more example of the role MSU can play in moving our state forward.

Faculty leadership program nominations wanted
In the upcoming 2014-2015 academic year, my office and the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President will again be conducting an Academic Leadership Orientation Program for selected faculty. Participation will be limited to approximately 12 individuals who will be selected from those that apply. Any faculty member is eligible, but must be nominated. This program has been very successful in the past, and many of its graduates serve in key leadership positions on our campus. To apply, interested faculty should send a one-page summary addressing their future career plans, a current, abbreviated CV and a one-page nomination letter from their center director, department head or dean. These materials should be emailed to Lynn Taylor at no later than May 30.

NSF auditing Responsible Conduct of Research program
The National Science Foundation’s Office of the Inspector General is in the process of auditing the university’s Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training program. The responsible and ethical conduct of research is critical for excellence, as well as public trust, in science and engineering and is essential in the preparation of our students. The NSF now mandates that at the time of a proposal submission the project investigator must complete a certification stating that Mississippi State has a plan to provide appropriate training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research to undergraduates, graduate students and postdoctoral researchers who will be supported by NSF funding to conduct research. This procedure applies to everyone carrying out research under the auspices of MSU, whether their current place of work is within or outside university premises. This includes, but is not limited to, all staff, visiting researchers, those with honorary posts and registered students. It is the responsibility of the principal investigator on a project to ensure that all students involved in the project are aware of and comply with the federal funding agency’s mandate and participate in the university’s RCR training. Please review MSU’s training plan and make sure that you are in compliance should we receive a site visit from the NSF OIG. Please contact Teresa Gammill at or 662-325-3570 if you have questions pertaining to RCR training and implementation. Our plan for the NSF, the NIH, the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture and the Federal Demonstration Partnership is available at

Cayuse 424: proposal development system update
Thanks to everyone who has assisted with Sponsored Programs Administration’s testing of a new proposal development system -- Cayuse 424. During the trial, we have had more than 20 proposals submitted totaling more than $35 million in requested funds and involving faculty from five colleges and a number of centers. We have received important feedback from you regarding the system, and invite you to continue sending your thoughts to Jennifer Easley at We are excited about a formal rollout of Cayuse 424 this summer. Please be on the lookout for training opportunities and other resources in support of this exciting new proposal development system.

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

* Congratulations to Jerry Emison, a professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, for being elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners. The distinction is among the highest for the nation's professional planners with about one percent achieving this status.

* Kudos to Nicholas Herrmann, an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology and Middle Eastern Cultures, and his team for their excavation and research of graves discovered on the grounds of the former Mississippi State Lunatic Asylum, now home to the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. This effort has garnered national attention, and serves as an excellent example of the incredible real-world difference our university makes in the state. Read more about it from CNN at

* Congratulations to the Research and Curriculum Unit, where Kristen Dechert, Alexis Nordin and Lois Kappler had their paper, titled “Developing and Implementing a Principal- and Teacher-Evaluation System in Mississippi,” accepted for the International Conference on Education. And Kristen’s submission, titled “Using a Needs Assessment to Affect Public Perception of CTE in Mississippi,” was accepted for an ICE poster session. Additionally, Sean Owen and Alexis had a paper picked up at the annual meeting of the National Association for CTE Information in Kentucky, titled “A multi-cohort analysis of graduation rates and contributing factors in secondary CTE students.” Kristen’s paper, “CTE Educators' Roles in Implementing Statewide Administrator and Teacher Evaluation Systems in Mississippi,” co-authored with Alexis, was also accepted for NACTEI.

Final words
As I have mentioned, funding from grants and contracts is critical to the continued success of our research enterprise, and I applaud all of you who are writing proposals and developing contacts with funding agencies during this very busy time of year. If my office can be of any assistance, please let us know. As always, thank you for taking the time to read this month’s letter. Please feel free to contact me at with your questions or suggestions.

Go Dawgs!

— David

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