Principal Investigators

As a Principal Investigator (PI) at Mississippi State University, your role brings significant rewards and responsibilities. The PI has primary responsibility for the technical execution of the project and compliance with both the institution and the sponsor’s financial and administrative policies, and all regulations associated with the management of the award. Sponsored Programs Administration (SPA) is here to assist you along the way, and we are committed to helping you find the resources you need to navigate through the proposal and award process.

  • Department/College Resources
    As a PI, the first thing you’ll want to do is to determine who your departmental research administrator is. Many departments, colleges, and centers have a person within those units responsible for helping you with the administrative aspects of your proposal and award. This person typically serves as your liaison to SPA, allowing you to focus more on the science of your project rather than on administrative tasks, such as creating budgets and completing forms. If you are unsure who this person is, ask your department head or director. Get to know this person, as he/she will be a valuable resource to you. If you find out you do not have such a person, give us a call, and we’ll be happy to help you find this type of assistance.
  • Research Toolkit
    SPA has developed a new online guide, the Research Toolkit, to assist MSU research personnel in navigating the research enterprise. The toolkit addresses the steps involved with submitting, conducting, closing, and disseminating results of a research study, and includes links to institutional, state, and federal resources and regulations.
  • Cayuse 424 Proposal Development System
    MSU recently began using Cayuse 424 to assist faculty in applying for grants. This system is very user-friendly and guides the PI in the completion of forms and in budget development. While the primary purpose of this system is for applying to grants.gov opportunities, non-federal proposals may be developed in this system as well. More information.
  • Grants Resource Center (GRC)
    MSU is a member of the Grants Resource Center (GRC), which allows you to have access to a wealth of proposal development resources. The GRC website offers a funding search tool, agency fact sheets, personalized funding alerts, as well as a library of funded proposals. More information.

We are continually seeking ways in which we can minimize or eliminate barriers to research productivity. Our goal is to make the proposal and award process as easy as possible for you, and we welcome your feedback and suggestions on how we can do so. If there are ways in which we can better serve you, please contact the SPA director, Jennifer Easley.