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Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies

Stephen Hsu, Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies

Research and creative activity are part of the daily life of professors and students alike at Michigan State University. What scientists learn in their laboratories becomes what they teach and transfer into the marketplace. The goal of such curiosity, creativity, and learning, is a deeper understanding of individuals, society, and the world.

In the land-grant, problem-solving tradition, Michigan State University’s research breakthroughs have improved life for people around the world, from cross-fertilization of corn in the 1870s to successful anticancer drugs in the 1960s and then to novel approaches for treating and stopping the spread of malaria in the 21st century. 

In concert with the Provost, the office is responsible for recruiting outstanding faculty through MSU's Global Impact Initiative, and maintaining synergy between research and creative scholarship and the education of graduate students through The Graduate School. The Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies:
  1. promotes the increase in the excellence of Michigan State University research by providing many types of support, such as:
    1. seed funding for promising research and creative activity
    2. coordination and support of the research grant proposal process
    3. the latest research training, facilities and infrastructure
    4. proactive opportunities for sponsored research
    5. protection and licensing of intellectual property
    6. support for scale-up and commercialization of ideas, and
    7. recognition of research excellence in faculty recruitment, retention, and career development
  2. oversees the ethical conduct of research, including conflict of interest issues
  3. implements university policies relevant to research and creative activities
  4. enhances the safety of researchers and research subjects
  5. assures compliance with state and federal regulations regarding research
  6. seeks ways to contribute to the state’s economic development by leveraging the university's intellectual capital.

Michigan State University has more than 100 active research centers and institutes on campus, as well as field research sites throughout the state of Michigan. The Institute for Quantitative Health Science and Engineering (IQ) exemplifies the interdisciplinary capacity and ability to attract outstanding faculty to such entities. Most centers and institutes are interdisciplinary and several are joint initiatives between MSU and other universities around the world. Examples of these research collaborations include:

  1. The Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB), a new national user facility for nuclear science, funded by the Department of Energy Office of Science (DOE-SC), Michigan State University (MSU), and the State of Michigan. Located on-campus and operated by MSU, FRIB will provide intense beams of rare isotopes, that is, short-lived nuclei not normally found on Earth.
  2. The National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center for the Study of Evolution in Action (BEACON), a consortium, led by Michigan State University and including North Carolina A&T State University, University of Idaho, University of Texas at Austin and University of Washington, which is exploring evolution in both natural and digital settings.
  3. The Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC), funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and led by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, to conduct transformational biofuels research.
  4. The 4.1m Southern Astrophysical Research (SOAR) telescope in Cerro Pachon, Chile, operated by a consortium including Michigan State University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the National Optical Astronomy Observatory, and the country of Brazil.

The university also maintains a wide array of research support facilities, such as the Research Technology Support Facility (RTSF), which provides technical and analytical support for biomedical and agricultural research in genomics, proteomics, bioinformatics, and mass spectrometry, the Institute for Cyber-Enabled Research (iCER), which provides advanced computational resources for research, and the Center for Statistical Training and Consulting (CSTAT), which provides training, grant development, and consulting in statistics for faculty, staff, and graduate students. The Clinical Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) supports an interdisciplinary group of MSU scholars and medical community partners performing research, clinical trials, and medical investigations focused on improving human health.

The Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies strongly encourages student research opportunities and creative activities at the undergraduate and the graduate level. The unit also supports entrepreneurship opportunities for students.

For more information, e-mail, call 1-517-355-0306, or visit To read about Michigan State University success stories, visit

Michigan State University Press

Gabriel Dotto, Director

Michigan State University Press is the scholarly publishing arm of the university. The Press publishes electronic and print books and journals across all scholarly fields, with concentrations in the humanities, liberal arts, and social sciences.

For more information, call 1-517-355-9543 or visit

MSU Bioeconomy Institute

The MSU Bioeconomy Institute complements and extends MSU campus research that supports the emerging bioeconomy, including biofuels, bio-based specialty chemicals and biomaterials. The institute provides microbial fermentation and chemical pilot plant scale-up production and conducts sponsored research and testing for both for-profit and not-for-profit entities of all sizes. It also offers business incubation opportunities and extensive laboratory space rental, as well as educational programming and training.

For more information, call 1-616-395-8918 or visit

Office of Regulatory Affairs

J.R. Haywood, Assistant Vice President for Regulatory Affairs

Michigan State University researchers seek to conduct their research in ways that protect the health and safety of research subjects and investigators as well as the environment. The Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA) offers online and face-to-face training and resources to help researchers assure safety in their labs, conduct research responsibly, and comply with relevant regulations. ORA also pursues accreditation and certifications to assure that programs relating to human and animal subjects and environmental health and safety not only meet, but exceed, federal regulations. These efforts aim to maintain Michigan State University‘s respected compliance record. The major units within the office include:

Human Research Protection Program (HRRP) - protects individuals who are subjects of research through policies, procedures, and monitoring to ensure safe and ethical practices. The program is
fully accredited by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, which ensures research participants that their safety and privacy are protected, whether they are part of a clinical trial or an opinion survey. The Institutional Review Board (IRB), the Human Research Liaison Offices, and the MSU IRB committees are part of this program. For more information, call 1-517-355-2180, e-mail or visit

Animal Care Program - provides support and oversight for all animal-related research, teaching, and outreach at Michigan State University, including ethical review of animal use; acquisition, husbandry, and veterinary care of animals; training and educational opportunities; and public outreach. The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee implements regulatory oversight requirements; Campus Animal Resources provides husbandry and veterinary care as well as technical services such as breeding programs and special care. The Michigan State University Animal Care Program is accredited by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International. For more information, visit the Web site at Call Campus Animal Resources at 1-517-353-5065 or call the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee at 1-517-432-8103, or email

Office of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) - serves as a proactive provider of regulatory guidance, education, training, and compliance assistance to the university community to ensure that all faculty, students, and staff work in a safe and productive environment. The office acts as the primary liaison between the university and federal, state, and local environmental health agencies, including Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. For more information, call 1-517-355-0153 or visit

Faculty Conflict of Interest Officer - serves as a resource to faculty and administrators on defining and addressing faculty conflicts of interest, and maintains institutional procedures for faculty members to report significant financial interests and other opportunities for tangible personal benefit. For more information, call 1-517-884-7000, email or visit

For more information about the ORA, call 1-517-432-4500 or visit

Office of Export Control and Trade Sanctions

Jamie Haberichter, Specialist
The office oversees the university's compliance with:

  1. export control regulations, which impose access, dissemination, and participation restrictions on transfer of controlled goods, software and information, and
  2. trade sanction regulations, which apply to certain foreign individuals, entities and governments, based on U.S. foreign policy and national security goals.
The office maintains a site license for identifying lists of debarred parties and entities, provides ongoing training programs, and sponsors an annual educational conference.

For more information, call 1-517-432-4499 or visit

MSU Innovation Center

Charles Hasemann, Assistant Vice President

The MSU Innovation Center combines the diverse resources needed for business outreach, technology commercialization, and new business formation under one roof. It is MSU's single site for economic value creation from MSU innovations. Visit The units within the MSU Innovation Center include:

MSU Business-CONNECT - which serves as MSU's front door for corporations, directing businesses to the right MSU resources and enabling two-way strategic communications and planning for business customers. The Business-CONNECT team also supports entrepreneurial and regional economic development efforts. It also negotiates all of Michigan State University’s corporate sponsored research contracts, which total more than $20 million annually. For more information, call 1-517- 884-2370 or visit

MSU Technologies - which is Michigan State University's technology transfer and commercialization office. It facilitates the commercial development and public use of technologies and licensable copyrighted materials developed by MSU faculty and staff, with the goal of moving MSU's technologies from the laboratory to the marketplace. For more information, call 1-517-355-2186 or visit

Spartan Innovations- which provides resources to support the launch of sustainable MSU start-ups in an effort to bring more of MSU's best research ideas to the marketplace, while helping to develop critical skills for MSU students and improve the Michigan economy. For more information, call 1-517-884-4540 or visit

MSU St. Andrews

Michigan State University operates a STEAM education center in Midland, Michigan, and provides valuable learning opportunities in science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics to students, families, and teachers in the Great Lakes Bay area. Support for both the facility and educational programming is provided by a number of Midland area family foundations as well as the Dow Chemical Company Foundation. Visit or phone 1-989-374-9904.