NIH- Academic Research Enhancement Award (R15)

Program:  The purpose of the Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) program from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is to stimulate research in educational institutions that provide baccalaureate or advanced degrees for a significant number of the Nation's research scientists, but that have not been major recipients of NIH support.  The University of Mississippi is eligible!

Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program

Program:  The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program supports the research and teaching careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences. Based on institutional nominations, the program provides discretionary funding to faculty at an early stage in their careers. Criteria for selection include an independent body of scholarship attained within the first five years of their appointment as independent researchers, and a demonstrated commitment to education, signaling the promise of continuing outstanding contributions to both research and teaching.

EPA- 2013 National Network for Environmental Management Studies Student Fellowship Program

Program:  In recognition of the growing interest in environmental issues and careers, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) established the National Network for Environmental Management Studies (NNEMS) Fellowship Program in 1986 to encourage students to pursue environmental careers. The NNEMS program is a comprehensive fellowship program that provides students an opportunity to participate in a fellowship project that is directly related to their field of study.

NIH- Immunity in the Elderly

Immunity in the Elderly (R01) (DHHS – NIH - NIAID – NIA) RFA-AI-12-038

NSF- Interdisciplinary Research in Hazards and Disasters

NSF- Interdisciplinary Research in Hazards and Disasters (Hazards SEES) (National Science Foundation - Dear Colleague Letter)

NSF-Long Term Research in Environmental Biology Program

Program:  The Division of Environmental Biology (DEB) and the Division of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS) of the National Science Foundation (NSF) encourage the submission of proposals that generate extended time series of biological and environmental data to address ecological and evolutionary processes and resolve important issues in organismal and environmental biology. Researchers must have collected at least six years of previous data to qualify for funding, and these data must motivate the proposed research.

Mickey Leland 2013 Fellowships

Program:  The Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) program, sponsored by the U.S. Dept. of Energy's Office of Fossil Energy, is a Paid 10-week summer internship program that provides opportunities to minority and female students who are pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) majors.  Candidates who are selected will have the opportunity to work on focused research projects consistent with the mission of the Office of Fossil Energy.

Summer Internships sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security


The competition for the 2013 HS-STEM Summer Internships sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is currently open. 

Interdisciplinary Research in Hazards and Disasters (Hazards SEES) (National Science Foundation

Program:  The Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS) of the National Science Foundation announces its participation in a multi-directorate NSF Program: Interdisciplinary Research in Hazards and Disasters. A variety of factors are contributing to escalating personal and financial costs resulting from disasters linked to natural phenomena. The Hazards SEES Program is aimed at addressing the critical need for scientific research into the understanding of natural and technological hazards linked to natural phenomena.

NSF Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL)

The Advancing Informal STEM Learning program invests in research and development of innovative and field-advancing out-of-school STEM learning and emerging STEM learning environments.

NSF ADVANCE- Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science & Engineering Careers.

The goal of the ADVANCE program is to develop systemic approaches to increase the representation and advancement of women in academic STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) careers, thereby contributing to the development of a more diverse science and engineering workforce.

NASA Space Grant Innovative Pilot in STEM Education

The Space Grant Office at NASA Headquarters has recently distributed an opportunity for Space Grant institutions to propose a two-year project in one of two areas, undergraduate STEM retention and STEM educators.  The full announcement may be viewed at here.

The main features are:

A.     Undergraduate Retention in STEM Focus:

Visiting Faculty Program (VFP) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)

Interested in a summer appointment? Consider the Visiting Faculty Program (VFP) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)!  They are now accepting application for the 2013 Summer Program. The deadline to apply is January 10, 2013 .  Apply online at

USDA- Secondary Education, Two-Year Postsecondary Education, and Agriculture in the K-12 Classroom Challenge Grants

Program:  USDA – NIFA Response: Building upon the four “New Biology for the 21st Century” challenges, above, USDA-NIFA has refocused its mission to direct agricultural sciences research, education, and extension programs on addressing five Priority Areas:

NIH- Exploratory/Developmental Bioengineering Research Grants

Program: The goal for exploratory/developmental bioengineering research grants (EBRG)  from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is to foster the exploration and development of innovative technologies, models, techniques, designs, and methods that have the potential to substantially advance biomedical research by infusing principles and concepts from the quantitative sciences to transform our understanding of biological, clinical or translational science.

Lunch and Learn or WebEx*, November 5 - CERE: a UM Resource for Evaluating Effectiveness of Educational Components of Grants

Speakers: Dr. Maxine Harper and Mr. Joey Rutherford

Date: Monday, November 5
Time: Noon – 1:00 PM
Place:  Butler Auditorium, in the Triplett Alumni Center, University of Mississippi, Oxford Campus
For: UM Faculty and Researchers proposing or conducting projects with educational components

About the Speakers:

Transforming Science and Engineering with Leadership Computing (recorded)

ORSP Lunch and Learn 

Speaker: Dr. Jack Wells
Date: Thursday, October 25
Time: Noon – 1:00 PM
Place:  Butler Auditorium, in the Triplett Alumni Center, University of Mississippi, Oxford Campus
For: UM Faculty, Staff, Graduate Students, Honors College Students, Provost Scholars, and STEM Living Learning Community Residents*

Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program- Dept. of Navy

Program:  The Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program (NREIP), provides an opportunity for students to participate in research at a Department of Navy (DoN) laboratory during the summer. The goals of the NREIP are to encourage participating students to pursue science and engineering careers, to further education via mentoring by laboratory personnel and their participation in research, and to make them aware of Navy research and technology efforts, which can lead to employment within the Navy.

Science Education Programs at Oak Ridge National Lab

The Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL) hosts over 1,000 educational participants from over 40 countries to work on cutting-edge research side-by-side with ORNL scientists and engineers at the U.S. Department of Energy's largest science and energy laboratory.  Whether you are a recent graduate, a graduate student, an undergraduate, a K-12 student, or a faculty member, ORNL has a program that will engage you in a scientific learning experience.  For more information, go to:

UMMC Cancer Research Day, Nov. 19, 2012

The Cancer Institute at the University of Mississippi Medical Center will host a Cancer Research Day on November 19th at Student Union of UMMC.

UM Call for Internal Pre-proposals for NSF Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program

Pre-proposals are due to UM ORSP by Nov. 15, 2012 for this limited funding opportunity to acquire or develop shared scientific and engineering instruments for research and research training. This program seeks to improve the quality and expand the scope of research and research training in science and engineering by providing shared instrumentation that fosters the integration of research and education in research-intensive learning environments.

New NSF Grant Proposal Guide- Effective January 14, 2013

Effective for National Science Foundation (NSF) grant proposals submitted or due on or after January 14, 2013, there is a new Grant Proposal Guide NSF 13-1 .

Governor Bryant Unveils MS Energy Development Roadmap

On October 4, 2012, Governor Bryant unveiled “Mississippi’s Energy Roadmap”, which includes 6 focus areas:

New Assignments for ORSP Program Development Specialists

Dr. Helen Kiss and Mr. Ken Sleeper have recently joined the ORSP as Program Development Specialists (PDSs).  They join Ms.