Research at USM
The University of Southern Mississippi continues to meet head-on the intellectual and human issues of the day. The challenges are formidable, and university professors and students are tackling the issues through relevant research that translates into real-world applications and learning opportunities.
USM is one of 130 universities included in the “R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity” category by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The category includes universities engaged in the highest level of research activity.
Vice President for Research
The Vice President for Research promotes and monitors scholarship within the university community and presides over all administrative proceedings relating to research, creative activities and scholarship.
The Vice President for Research promotes research, creative activities, and scholarship within the University community through a variety of services including:
Ensuring compliance with government regulations through the
- Office of Research Administration, which assists faculty in identifying and applying for external support and provides post-award administration of contracts and grants;
- Office of Research Integrity, which manages the University’s Research and Scholarly Integrity Assurance Program and oversees the Institutional Review Board and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, among other functions;
- Office of Technology Development, which assists faculty, staff, and students to protect and commercialize innovations that emerge from USM’s research enterprise;
- Office of Research Security and Export Control, which is responsible for assisting principal investigators to ensure research work is not being conducted in violation of federal rules, regulations, and/or laws that govern the release of certain information, materials and/or technical data to foreign nationals; and the
- Office of Environmental Health and Safety, which promotes a successful research enterprise, a safe teaching environment and minimizes health and safety impacts to surrounding communities.
Serving as a liaison with research institutes, foundations, government agencies and industry.
Providing faculty support for travel to meetings with federal agency program officers in Washington, DC and other locations.
Providing proposal development support and research start-up funds to faculty.
The Office of the Vice President for Research offers a grant program for faculty to facilitate planning, writing and submitting extramural proposals to support research and scholarly activities. The program provides up to $2,000 to be used for any activity, travel expense or commodity that helps faculty prepare and submit extramural proposals.
Proposals to facilitate interdisciplinary efforts across departmental or college lines are considered with higher priority. Requests to collaborate with faculty at other institutions to prepare competitive proposals also are considered.
Proposal Development Grants provide $2,000 for a 12-month period (competitively renewable for up to 24 months and $4,000). Grant recipients are expected to prepare and submit one or more extramural, competitive grant proposals within the 12-month award period.
Submit a request (up to two pages) including:
- the proposed activity
- how the development funds will be used
- a simple budget
- faculty member(s) involved in proposal development
- program affiliation of all participating faculty
- agency(ies) targeted by the planned proposal
- a link to the relevant Request for Proposals or other application guidelines
Forward requests through the appropriate dean(s) to the Office of the Vice President for Research. Proposals may be reviewed in the spring, with a due date of April 15. For more information, contact the Office of the Vice President for Research at 601.266.5116.
The Office of the Vice President for Research (VPR) supports faculty travel for meetings with federal agency program officers in Washington, DC and other locations. The goal of the program is to maximize faculty understanding of federal agency programs and to learn details of federal funding opportunities. Visits with program officers also provide opportunities for faculty members to provide information about USM in general and specific programs to those responsible for providing research support funding.
Applications for travel funds to meet with agency staff should be made through the Research Development Travel Program Form on the VPR web page. Funding decisions are based on funds available and are the prerogative of the VPR.
The following expectations apply:
- The faculty member must prepare a one-page, four-color document with illustrations to provide to the program officer during the visit. This document should be submitted for review by the Associate VPR (AVPR) prior to travel.
- The faculty member must prepare a brief (about one-page) report on the trip to be submitted before the travel expense report will be processed. The report should describe the purpose of the visit and what was learned.
- The report should include contact information for the program office/managers met so the VPR or AVPR can drop by on subsequent agency visits to reinforce your visit and express the University’s support for your work.
The VPR or AVPR is available to meet with faculty before travel to discuss the purpose and plans for the scheduled meetings.