Office of Research Administration

Welcome! The University of Southern Mississippi's Office of Research Administration (ORA) assists faculty and staff as they seek external support for a wide array of projects supporting USM's mission. ORA is also responsible for post award administration of contracts and grants awarded to the university.

We hope you will find this site helpful and that you will check it often for updated information and resources. Please send comments or questions to, or telephone 601-266-4119. For detailed contact information and university identification numbers, etc., see the ORA Contact Information in the panel at right, as well as our Directory & Services page (tab at left). You might also find ORA's Assistance Navigator helpful.

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  • Based on new grant proposals submitted after April 1, 2018, a monetary incentive program, to be known as the Faculty Research Incentive Program, will be instituted for faculty members who meet the requirements. Read the memo.
  • ORA now manages internal competitions online with Competition⇄Review NEXUS.
  • The Proposal Information Form has been updated.

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