Research at MSU

The Office of Research, Economic Development and Graduate Education is responsible for administering MSU's thriving research enterprise. It oversees the following areas:

Principal Investigator (PI) Training

  • The Principal Investigator training is designed to ensure that all investigators have the information needed to conduct their research in compliance with both federal and state regulations.
  • MSU PI Training is mandatory (one-time only) for researchers and we encourage anyone, including students, working with sponsored funding to attend.

Training Options

  • In-person — Contact Skyeler (Skye) Huntsman (406-994-2381)  for questions and to be added to the Fall 2020 invite list.
  • Online — In the interim, a WebEx recording of the 2019 session is available.

External Grants

The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) offer workshops and services to help you with putting together and submitting your external grants.

Funding Opportunities Announcement

On a weekly basis, a list of funding opportunities is selected for their relevance to faculty research agendas and emailed to the funding opportunities listserv. These opportunities include state, federal, foundation, limited submissions, and internal opportunities. Visit the link provided or email us at [email protected] to sign up for our listserv. 

Other Resources from OSP

The Center for Faculty Excellence (CFE) also provides workshops and one-on-one consultations to support your scholarship. See Grant Writing Support below or visit the Research & Creativity section of the CFE website.

Internal Funding

The Office of the Provost, Vice President for Research, Economic Development and Graduate Education as well as your Department and Dean often offer internal grants to support your success.

Faculty Award Nominations

Managed by the Office of the Provost, nominations for faculty awards are typically due in October.

Competitive Faculty Opportunities

Faculty Excellence Grants (FEGs)

Enabling faculty to engage in activities that will enhance scholarship. Faculty in all disciplines are eligible to submit proposals. 

Instructional Innovation Grants (IIGs)

Faculty funding to create and develop new methods to improve their teaching and student learning with the goal of increasing student success.

Research Expansion Funds (REF)

Supporting new preliminary data or the development of new research methods or procedures that will be used in subsequent proposals to external funding sources.

 Scholarship & Creativity Grants

Supporting scholarship and creative activity in the 
arts, humanities and social sciences. 

Startup Funds

Faculty startup packages vary on what they include and where they come from. Check with your Department accountant to discuss what your package entails and how you can use it to support your success.

The Faculty Startup Package

Watch this video of a March 2019 workshop where a panel discussed what a startup package is, how and when you negotiate it, what kinds of funds are included in it and how you manage it.

Panel: Leslie Schmidt, Associate Vice President for Research and Economic Development, Dan Miller, Department Head and Professor, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and Cassandra Balent, Accounting Operations Manager, and Mindy Brown, Director of Finance for the College of Letters and Science.

Grant-Writing Support

The Center for Faculty Excellence and the Office of Sponsored Programs offer one-on-one assistance with you grants. Email [email protected] or [email protected] to get started. They also offer workshops on many different aspects of grant writing. Many Centers on campus also have grant-writing support. 

5-week Bootcamp

Grant Writing Bootcamp is designed to help grant-interested faculty produce a quality, successful proposal, with valuable information and support from grant-successful facilitators. Participants have the opportunity to interact with grant-successful senior faculty, to work with peer support in writing groups, and to use a team of proposal support personnel who have the submitter's individual needs in mind.

Intro to Finding Funding and Writing Research Grants

New to writing grants? Watch the recorded session below from January 2020 that introduces you to the grant writing process, and the MSU policies and procedures. We will also cover how to find funding opportunities that fit your research program, beyond searching on funding websites.

Want to take the online course? Email [email protected] to be added to the course.

Publication Support

Library's Publication Services

The library can help decipher publishing agreements, assess copyright for publications or in the classroom, assist instructors in reducing the cost of textbooks byidentifing open educational resources, offer advice about professional networking and personal identifiers [e.g. ORCiD], and help authors increase the impact of an article or publication by increasing access to scholarship and data.

Navigating the Publishing Process

Recorded May 14, 2019 (~1 hr) 

Leila Sterman, Library

The Writing Center

The Writing Center's mission is to create a dynamic, collaborative environment that fosters and maintains a vibrant community of writers across the MSU campuses. Writing Center tutors meet individually or in groups with student writers of all abilities and backgrounds at any stage in their writing processes – from invention to revision. Writing Center staff are available to talk with faculty about building partnerships to support their teaching of writing.

CFE's Publication Consultations

The Center for Faculty Excellence offers workshops and one-on-one consultations for publishing scholarly work.