The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) at Nicholls State University promotes and facilitates research and scholarly activities by assisting faculty and administrative staff in locating and securing external funding and moreover encourages the inclusion of undergraduate and graduate students in grant projects.


ORSP provides a central source of information on major governmental agencies, foundations and corporations that support research as well as pedagogical and creative activities. ORSP provides assistance with the conceptual development and planning of proposals. More specifically, the office assists in identifying potential extramural funding sources, developing proposal budgets and narratives, completing standardized application forms, assuring compliance with applicable federal and state regulations and negotiating grant awards and contracts. If you have questions about grants or the information on this Web site, please contact one of our staff members. Debi Benoit Director, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs


Research like education, is central to the University’s mission. Similar to our extraordinary effort to move classes online, we are taking dramatic steps to respond to this public health crisis (COVID-19) while continuing our research mission.  The “Guidance for Active Research Efforts” document details all aspects of research from submission of proposals to the implementation of the work.

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs is very pleased to announce the 2021-2022 Louisiana Board of Regents Grant Awards results.

CONGRATULATIONS TODr. Allyse Ferrara (Biological Sciences), and Dr. Darcey Wayment (Chemistry and Physical Sciences).

Dr. Ferrara was awarded $108,181 for her Targeted Enhancement project, “Enhancement of First-Year General Biology Laboratory Experience for Science Majors.”

Dr. Wayment was awarded $173,700 for his Targeted Enhancement project, “Using a Liquid Chromatograph Mass Spectrometer (LCMS) to Enhance Learning in the Agricultural, Biological, and Chemical Sciences.”

New BoR RFPs are available at Regents Web site

BoR Disciplines Eligible for 2022-2023 and BoRSF RFP Release Memo FY23

To view the 2022-23 Louisiana Board of Regents proposals submitted by Nicholls’ faculty and staff, click here: Board of Regents Submissions 2022-2023. (forthcoming)

Dr. Matthew Marlow, Assistant Professor in Physical Sciences, is the Institutional Coordinator for LaSPACE.  For assistance with LaSPACE proposals contact Dr. Marlow at ext. 4576.

Upcoming Events

Scholars Expeaux 2023– March 27, 28, and 29.  Details forthcoming.

Academic Summit 2023 – April 20 and 21, 2023.

Student Technology Fee Proposals for 2022-2023 are due by 2:00 P.M. on Friday, October 28, 2022.

The 2022-2023 Student Technology Fee Proposal process will be an all-electronic submission through the campus online forms system.
Instructions on how to complete and submit a Student Technology Fee Proposal are located at the following link under the Academic Computing section.

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs is pleased to announce the 2022 Top Ten Grants Winner Awards, based on funding received in 2021. Pictured below are from left: Dr. Andrew Simoncelli, Director of Distance Education, and Associate Professor of Mass Communication; Ms. Gina Bergeron, Regional Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Supervisor for the Family Service Center; Dr. Jonathan Willis, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences; Dr. Balaji Ramachandran, Associate Professor Geomatics; Dr. Gary LaFleur, Professor of Biological Sciences; Dr. En Mao, Professor of Computer Information Systems; Dr. Quenton Fontenot, Head and Professor of Biological Sciences; Adrienne Bolton, Director of Student Wellness and Support Services; Jonathan Terrell, Athletic Director; and Dr. Aimee Hollander, Director of the Center of Teaching Excellence, and Assistant Professor of Teacher Education.  CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!