Cyber Security Conference to be held at Auburn University, April 7-10, 2018

Be sure to mark your calendars for the 2018 SEC Academic Conference, scheduled for April 7-10 at Auburn University in Auburn, Ala. The event is entitled Cyber Security: A Shared Responsibility, and in addition to lively student challenges and compelling faculty panels, the SEC Academic Conference will feature nationally and internationally recognized experts as keynote speakers.

Disaster Resilience Flagship Constellation Meeting in Jackson, Sept 19

The Disaster Resilience Flagship Constellation will meet at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, Tuesday, September 19th, 2017 from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm. The meeting will include an overview of  the UMMC Mississippi Center for Emergency Services, a brain storming session and a tour of the UMMC disaster response equipment. Ride sharing options may be avaialble for those travelling from Oxford to Jackson.

Brain Wellness Flagship Constellation Meeting in Jackson (previously Grenada) Sept 20

The Brain Wellness Flagship Constellation meeting previously scheduled to be held at the UMMC hospital in Grenada has been moved to the UMMC campus in Jackson. UM/Oxford personnel interested in participating in this meeting are encouraged to do so via WebEx. Please contact Beverly Brooks at or 601-984-1641 for information on how to participate via telephone or WebEx. 


Finding Funding Opportunities

Serveral institutional resources are available to support faculty seeking funding opportuniities for their research, educational, or other scholarly projects.

Sloan Research Fellowships 2017 for 2018

The Sloan Research Fellowships seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise.  

These $65,000, two-year fellowships are awarded yearly to 126 researchers in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field.

NEH Summer Stipends 2018

NEH has announced the 2017 competition for Summer Stipends for the summer of 2018. Summer Stipends support continuous full-time work on a humanities project.

NSF CAREER 2017: Important Dates and Resources

Priority Date for letting ORSP know of your intentions to submit (and to which directorate) in 2017. Please e-mail or contact your assigned ORSP Program Development Specialist to confirm your intentions.

Research Day is April 13; Priority Registration thru March 22.

UM/UMMC Research Day 2017 Priority Registration Window

Priority Registration is open now through March 22 for those interested in attending the third annual UM/UMMC Research Day, which will be held April 13, 2017, from 10am – 3pm, at the Inn at Ole Miss on the Oxford campus. This year’s event is themed “Nurturing Collaboration,” and will have a three-fold purpose:

GSC Research Grants 2017 Request for Applications

Advancing Mississippi Conference, June 8, 2017, Jackson MS

University Research Center (URC), a division of Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) is hosting its second annual “Advancing Mississippi” Conference on Thursday, June 8th in Jackson.

NCEAS Open Science for Synthesis training course

Apply by Feb. 20: NCEAS Open Science for Synthesis training course (please forward)

SEC Academic Conference: The Future of Water; March 27-28 in Starkville, MS

The 2017 SEC Academic Conference will be held March 27-28 in Starkville, Mississippi, at The Mill Conference Center at Mississippi State University. Entitled “The Future of Water: Regional Collaboration on Shared Climate, Coastlines, and Watersheds,” this event will showcase contributions from researchers at SEC universities and from around the region.

UM Research Day 2017 Event will be April 13

The 3rd Annual University of Mississippi Research Day will be held Thursday, April 13, at the Inn at Ole Miss on the Oxford campus. Watch for details and registration information in UM Today and on the ORSP Web site in the coming weeks.


UM Flagship Constellations Initiative - Process and Timeline

As announced in Chancellor Vitter’s Investiture address, the UM Flagship Constellations Initiative is designed to bring together a wide range of faculty to address some of the most difficult and complex problems facing our nation and world. Goals of the UM Flagship Constellations are to:

NSF EPSCoR RII Track-2 Focused EPSCoR Collaborations (FEC) - Internal Competition

Solicitation of UM Pre-Proposals for Limited Submission Opportunity
NSF EPSCoR RII Track-2 Focused EPSCoR Collaborations (FEC)

Funding Opportunity for Research in Genomes to Phenomes

Program Solicitation: NSF 17-503:

Institutional Limitations: NSF EPSCoR Track-2 grants fund research collaborations among two or more EPSCoR RII eligible jurisdictions (Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas,

Ralph E. Powe Jr. Faculty Enhancement Awards 2017

Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award Competition 2016

Program:  Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) sponsors the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards to provide seed funding for research by junior faculty and catalyze competitiveness for other funding. Each award is $5,000 for one year (June 1 to May 31) and requires an institutional match of $5,000 (to provided by ORSP).

NSF ADVANCE - deadlines in 2016 and 2017

ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers  (ADVANCE) 

Any and all interested in leading or contributing ideas/effort to an NSF ADVANCE proposal should contact Jason Hale at

Program Information and Solicitation:


Notes and Dates;

NSF EPSCoR RII Track 1 2017: MRC Request for Pre-Proposals

The Mississippi Research Consortium has issued a call for pre-proposals in antcipation next spring's anticipated NSF EPSCoR RII Track 1 Call for Proposals, for projects to begin late summer 2018. University of Mississippi-led FINAL pre-proposals, including those originating from the Medical Center campus in Jackson, should be submitted NLT November 18 to UM VCRSP Josh Gladden via the UM InfoReady Review Portal at  Acceptable UM/UMMC reproposals will be submitted by Dr.

NAS Gulf Research Program: Enhancing Coastal Community Resilience and Well-being in the Gulf of Mexico Region

Broad call for Scientifically Valid Research and Evidence-Based Practice projects to develop and test strategies for enhancing resilience. Think Broadly and Propose Innovative Approaches

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LOI and Proposal instructions:

Flagship Constellations Meetings August 15 - 16 -- Register by noon Friday 8/11

Four Flagship Constellation information sessions/working meetings will be held August 15 and 16 at the University of Mississippi, Grenada (on the Grenada campus of Holmes Community College). These meetings will be facilitated by faculty, and are open to any and all UM and UMMC faculty/staff who are interested in contributing to the respective constellation efforts. 
The goals for these meetings are to:

    Updated Graduate Tuition Rate for Proposal Budgets

    Effective immediately, please use the updated rate for of $3,821 per semester for full time (9-hours) graduate assistant tuition on sponsored project proposals.

    These rates are posted on the Current Rates and Codes page of the ORSP website.


    (updated 6/28/2016)