The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, through its Division of Research Resources and Division of Sponsored Programs Administration, offers the following 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.

Flyer: Pre-Award Services of ORSP

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs:

  • Offers consultation about all aspects of proposal preparation, from assistance in locating funding sources to preparing a budget and designing and editing proposal narratives.
  • Coordinates the internal transmittal process for all grants and contracts, providing budget approval and institutional authorizing signature.

In addition, the ORSP:

  • Offers computerized searches of funding sources using the COS online database and other online services.
  • Receives and disseminates email announcements from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and other sources.
  • Presents grant-related seminars and workshops.
  • Provides follow-up consultation when a proposal has been denied funding, including help in obtaining reviewers’ comments and assistance in proposal resubmission.
  • Serves as liaison with external agencies, assists with arrangements to visit agency offices in Washington D.C., and helps provide contacts with specific program directors and officers.
  • Sponsors visits of agency representatives to the University.
  • Coordinates the development of interdisciplinary and multi-institutional research projects.

Pre-Award Staff

Division of Research Development
Division of Sponsored Programs Administration

ORSP and the School of Pharmacy (SoP) are piloting a pre-award model wherein 100% of front-line proposal development support is provided not by a PDS centrally located in ORSP, but by research administration staff locally embedded in the SoP—Kendra Sampey and Hannah Graham, supervised by Barbara Neyses.  

School of Pharmacy
BioMolecular Sciences
Pharmacy Practice
Center for Pharmaceutical Marketing and Management
National Center for Natural Products Research
Pharmacy Administration
Pii Center for Pharmaceutical Technology
Name Title Contact
Jason Hale Director of Research Development
Mickey McLaurin, CRA, CPRA

Research Administration Advisor--Pre-Award

College of Liberal Arts


  • Dean's Office
  • Biology

School of Applied Sciences

  • Health, Exercise Science and Recreation Management

School of Engineering

  • National Center for Computational Hydroscience and Engineering (NCCHE)
  • Center for Graphene Research and Innovation

School of Pharmacy

  • Dean's Office

Other Units and Assignments

  • Jamie Whitten National Center for Physical Acoustics
  • Croft Institute for International Studies
  • EPSCoR Programs: NSF, NASA, DoD, etc.
  • Office of the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration
  • Institutional Research, Evaluation, and Planning
  • Mississippi Space Grant Consortium
  • National Center for Physical Acoustics
  • Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
  • Provost's Office
  • University Libraries
  • William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation
Lesha Agnew, CRA

Program Development Specialist

College of Liberal Arts

  • African-American Studies
  • Art
  • Center for Archaeological Research
  • Center for Writing and Rhetoric
  • Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • 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

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

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

School of Engineering

  • Center for Advanced Infrastructure Technology
  • Center for Community Earthquake Preparedness
  • Civil Engineering

Other Units

  • Barksdale Reading Institute
  • Division of Outreach and Continuing Education
  • Health Promotion
  • Mississippi Center for Supercomputing Research
  • Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
  • Trent Lott Leadership Institute
  • University Counseling Center

Ken Sleeper, CRA


Program Development Specialist

Meek School of Journalism and New Media

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

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

School of Engineering

  • Dean's Office
  • Center for Marine Resources and Environmental Technology
  • Computer and Information Sciences
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Geology and Geological Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mississippi Mineral Resources Institute

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
  • Gertrude Ford Center
  • Graduate School
  • Honors College
  • Office of Sustainability
  • University Museum and Historic Houses