The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, through its Division of Research Development  and Division of Sponsored Programs Administration, offers services in support of University of Mississippi faculty and staff who are pursuing research or other sponsored projects funded by federal, state, or private agencies and organizations.  The services include; 

  • assisting with proposal development;  
  • reviewing and approving proposals; 
  • managing the proposal submission process; and 
  • negotiating agreements.

Flyer: Pre-Award Services of ORSP

Pre-Award Services Contact by Division and Unit

Division of Research Development

The primary mission of the Division of Research Development is to assist the UM community in developing nationally prominent programs of research and scholarly activities and to bring recognition and reward for outstanding accomplishments in these areas.

Jason HaleDirector of Research Development

Division of Sponsored Programs Administration (SPA)

SPA Pre-Award research admininstrators guide faculty through the complex process for applying for funding from external sponsors.  Pre-award administrators  may provide clarity of funding opportunities in terms of Institutional, state and sponsor policies.  Services offered include technical review of the required proposal documents along with detailed budget reviews to ensure completeness of application and compliance to sponsor guidelines prior to submission. 

Renita Gray, Interim Director, Sponsored Programs Administration 


Name and Title Assigned School, Unit, Department Contact                                      

Mickey McLaurin, MBA, CRA, CPRA

Research Administration Advisor - Pre - Award

 Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

Central Research Administration Support

Mickey McLaurin, MBA, CRA, CPRA (acting)

Research Administration Advisor - Pre - Award


Christy White, MS, CRA

Research Administrator III

     College of Liberal Arts

  • African-American Studies
  • Art
  • Biology
  • Center for Archaeological Research
  • Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Dean's Office
  • English
  • McLean Institute for Community Development     
  • Modern Languages
  • Psychology
  • Public Policy Leadership
  • Sarah Isom Center
  • Sociology and Anthropology (including Center for Population Studies)
  • Theatre Arts
  • Writing and Rhetoric

     Research Centers and Institutes

  • Center for Excellence in Teaching and   Learning

     School of Accountancy

  •  Accountancy

    School of Applied Sciences

  • Legal Studies
  • Social Work

    School of Business Administration

  • Dean's Office
  • Finance
  • Hearin Center for Enterprise Science
  • Management
  • Management Information Systems /        Production Operations Management
  • Marketing
  • Small Business Development Center

    School of Education

  • Center for Educational Research and Evaluation
  • Center for Mathematics and Science Education
  • Dean's Office
  • Leadership and Counselor Education
  • Mississippi Teacher Corps
  • Office of the Dean of Education
  • Teacher Education

    Other Units

  • Barksdale Reading Institute
  • Division of Outreach and Continuing Education
  • Health Promotion
  • Jamie Whitten National Center for Physical Acoustics
  • Mississippi Center for Supercomputing Research
  • Office of Vice Chancellor for Diversity & Community Engagement
  • Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
  • Trent Lott Leadership Institute
  • University Counseling Center



Ven Jones, PhD, CRA

Research Administrator III - Pre - Award

College of Liberal Arts

  • Center for the Study of Southern Culture
  • Classics
  • Economics
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Philosophy and Religion
  • Physics and Astronomy
  • Political Science

Research Centers and Institutes

  • Center for Water and Wetlands Resources
  • National Institute for Undersea Science and Technology
  • UM Field Station

School of Applied Sciences

  • Center for Speech and Hearing Research
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Dean's Office
  • Health, Exercise Science, and Recreation Management
  • National Food Service Management Institute
  • Nutrition and Hospitality Management

School of Engineering

  • Center for Graphene Research and Innovation
  • Center for Manufacturing Excellence (CME)
  • Center for Marine Resources and Environmental Technology
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer and Information Sciences
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Dean's Office
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Geology and Geological Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mississippi Mineral Resources Institute
  • National Center for Computational Hydroscience and Engineering (NCCHE)


School of Jounalism and New Media

  • School of Journalism and New Media

School of Law

  • Dean's Office
  • Mississippi- Alabama Sea Grant Legal Program
  • Mississippi Judicial College
  • National Center for Justice and Rule of Law
  • National Center for Remote Sensing, Air and Space Law
  • National Sea Grant Law Center
  • School of Law

Other Units

  • Center for Intelligence and Security Studies
  • Croft Institute for International Studies
  • Gertrude Ford Center
  • Graduate School
  • Honors College
  • Institutional Research, Evaluation, and Planning
  • Mississippi Space Grant Consortium
  • Office of Sustainability
  • Office of the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration
  • Provost's Office
  • University Libraries
  • University Museum and Historic Houses

Primarily Associated Flagship Constellation

Research Administration Support


Kendra Sampey, MBA, CRA

Research Administrator III -
Interdisciplinary Initiatives

School Level Research Administration Support


Kevin Lewellyn, PhD

Research Administrator

School of Pharmacy

  • BioMolecular Sciences
  • Pharmacy Practice
  • Center for Pharmaceutical Marketing and Management
  • National Center for Natural Products Research 
  • Pharmaceutics
  • Pharmacy Administration
  • Pii Center for Pharmaceutical Technology

Tessa Kilpatrick 


School of Applied Sciences

Tajuana Redmond Jackson

Project Coordinator (Research/Graduate)

College of Liberal Arts




PDF icon ORSP-PreAwardServices-v20.pdf156.87 KB