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Sponsored Projects & Research Administration


The USI Grant Management Guide is now available.

This comprehensive resource for faculty and staff who are applying for, or have received external funding, is filled with helpful tips, policies and procedures, sample forms, and much more.


Congratulations to USI Faculty and Staff who received the Faculty Research and Creative Work Grant!

See their winning proposals here:

Daniel Bauer: The Cultural Ecology of ‘Chambira’ Palm Use - $4,422.00

Sang Choe: Impact of the Communist Economic Doctrines on the Development of the Emerging Retail Structures of the Free Market System in North Korea - $4,800.00

Claudine Fairchild: Improving Employee Relations in Healthcare Facilities - $4,323.00

Mikel Hand: Post Mortem Nursing Care Effectiveness as Perceived by United States Mortuary Practioners - $4,094.00

Sheri Keenan: Judicial Waiver Decisions in the Tri-State Area: A Study of Judicial Perceptions - $4,965.00

Shannon Pritchard: Ferdinando I de’Medici’s Gift to the Church of the Holy sepulcher in 1587: A Reexamination of Giambologna’s Bronze Ornamento and Medici Patronage in the Holy Land - $2,456.00

Nancy Raen-Mendez: Panrabble Assimilation: Visual Representations of Casually and Formally Linked Entities - $4,267.00

Anne Statham: Strategies in Virtual Advocacy and their Impact in Welfare and Tax Policy -$4,709.00

Kevin Valadares: The Invincibility Factor and Health Insurance: Determining Self-Perceptions of Health and Knowledge of Obamacare Among 18-29 Year-Olds - $1,974.00

Fiscal Year 2014-2015 External Awards

Dr. Brandon Field - Pott College of Science, Engineering, & Education

Andrea Gentry - USI Foundation

Peggy Graul - College of Nursing & Health Professions

Dr. Michael Strezewski - College of Liberal Arts

Dr. Connie Swenty - College of Nursing & Health Professions


USI Summer Research Award for Junior Faculty

 Dr. Aimee Adam, Assistant Professor of Psychology – Measuring Propensity to form Parasocial Relationships, $7,000

• Dr. Trent Engbers, Assistant Professor of Political Science – Civic Cities, $7,000

• Dr. Jessica Garces Jensen, Assistant Professor of French – Scribit Mater Dolorosa: Birthing Death in Camille Laurens’ Philippe (1995), $7,000

• Dr. Andrew Jason Hill, Assistant Professor of Engineering – Wetland Hydrologic Model Development and Testing, $7,000

• Dr. Sakina Hughes, Assistant Professor of History – A Big Black Boom!: African Americans in the Nineteenth-Century Pacific, $7,000

• Dr. Laci Rogers Lyons, Assistant Professor of Management – An Examination of the Role of Mentors in Nascent Entrepreneurial Success, $7,000

• Dr. Erin Reynolds, Assistant Professor of Health Services - Health Worker Knowledge and Attitudes Toward Malaria Rapid Diagnostic Tests in Health Clinics in the West Coast Region of Gambia, West Africa, $7,000

• Dr. Emily Teising, Instructor of World Languages and Cultures - Born to fight a bull: Representations of Women's Ambition in Leon Gozlan's "Le notaire de Chantilly" and "Le medecin du Pecq," $7,000

• Dr. Gongjun Yan, Assistant Professor of Computer Science – Preserving Privacy in Vehicular Network, $7,000


OSPRA 2014 Summer Research Grant for Pilot Research Projects

• Dr. Gabriela Mustata Wilson, Assistant Professor of Health Services/Administration - Improving the Progression of Autism Spectrum Disorders through Health Informatics, $5,489

• Dr. Norma Rosas Mayes, Assistant Professor of Spanish – Moroccan Spanish and Culture, $6,999

• Mr. Brad Reel, Interlibrary Loan Librarian - Cultural Amenities, Wholesome Alternatives: Libraries and Reading Rooms of America's Railroads, $4,752


New Harmony Outreach and Engagement Faculty Grant

• Dr. Bill Elliott, Associate Professor of Geology - Contributions of William Maclure and David Dale Owen to North American Geology with a new display in the Working Men's Institute in New Harmony, $19,292


Darrel Bigham Faculty Engagement Grant

• Dr. Bill Elliott, Associate Professor of Geology - Contributions of William Maclure and David Dale Owen to North American Geology with a new display in the Working Men's Institute in New Harmony, $4,000


Applied Research Faculty Outreach and Engagement Award

• Dr. Amie McKibban, Assistant Professor of Psychology - Mapping One's Community Assets: A Case Study and Stregnths Based Approach to LGBT Inclusivity, $4,000

• Dr. Clarissa Willis, Associate Professor of Education - Building Capacity for a Brighter Tomorrow: Youth Build and USI Partnership for Student Retention and Improvement, $4,000


FY 2012-2013 Grant Statistics

64 Grant Proposals submitted 

36 Proposals Awarded

11 Proposals Pending


FY 2012-2013 IRB Statistics

314 IRB Protocols submitted

311 IRB Protocols approved


The Office of Sponsored Projects & Research Administration (OSPRA) is dedicated to promoting a supportive environment for research, scholarly, and creative endeavors of faculty and academic staff at USI.  OSPRA supports faculty and staff in their efforts to seek and secure extramural funding, monitors compliance of Federal, State, & University related regulations, administers the review of human subjects research, provides grantsmanship and compliance training, and assists in non-financial post-award administration.



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