Office for Research

Faculty research is a cornerstone of MSU and key to an innovative learning environment. The Office for Research supports ComArtSci faculty research and creative activities by helping faculty identify, pursue, and obtain external funding for their work. 

Research Support

The Office for Research (O4R) assists faculty across the College of Communication Arts and Sciences in preparing grant applications to external/internal funding agencies and supports the research interests and activities of the faculty of the College. The research support may consist of budget development, interpreting the Request for Proposal (RFP), completing essential forms, obtaining University sign offs, and submission via electronic application processes. O4R staff will serve as the liaison with MSU’s Contract & Grant Administration, other MSU departments, and the funding agency. Our team is available to assist.

Researchers are encouraged to contact the ComArtSci Office for Research for assistance in grant planning and submission. Kelly Feinberg can assist researchers with budget preparation, internal proposal routing, sample proposal templates, subcontract administration contacts and more. Researchers at ComArtSci should inform the Office for Research of planned submissions as early as possible.

The ComArtSci Office for Research should receive the following notices and forms, via according to the following proposal deadline schedule:

  • Notification of Proposal, 12 business days prior to the submission due date
  • Final Budget, 8 business days prior the submission due date
  • Final Proposal Documents, 5 business days prior to the submission due date

MSU Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP)

MSU Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies

National Science Foundation (NSF)

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Foundation Center’s Funding Information Network (MSU Main Library is a member)

Researchers are encouraged to contact Casie Hansel in the ComArtSci Office for Research for assistance in grant management and award support. Casie Hansel can assist researchers with all post award activities between the time an award/account is established and when the closeout process begins. This includes budget monitoring, allowable expenses, reviewing grant activities, hiring employees, salary allocations, prior approvals, financial reporting, and budget oversight and projections. It is our goal to meet with our PI’s on a monthly bases to review grant activities.


2.5 month summer pay limit

The College of Communication Arts & Sciences has elected to utilize the university guideline of 2.5 months max as our practice.

ComArtSci Research subject payments College Policy
Participating in subject payments requries prior approval via your GPM and department chair before funds will be made available. Contact your GPM to review processess and procedures.


ComArtSci Responsible Conduct of Research Policy

ComArtSci Research Travel

Any travel must be preapproved prior to makin any travel arrangements. Contact your GPM to begin the preauthorization process.

Prior Approvals
Throughout the project period, it may be necessary to make changes to the project that require approval from the awarding agency/grantor.

Needed, Received, and Used
Expenditures that occur close to the project end date need to be reviewed with the "needed, received, and used" concept.

Effort Reporting
Documentation MSU uses to validate the percent of salaries charged or cost shared to projects funded from the Federal Government, the State of Michigan, or other agencies, as applicable.

Federal and State Cost Policy
MSU’s interpretation of federal/state requirements. Assists faculty and staff in determining allowability of costs under federal and state sponsored programs.

Award Closeout
The closeout of a restricted (RC) or unrestricted (RG) sponsored program award finalizes the MSU project account and closes it in the university financial system.