2021-2022 Academic Catalog

Division of Research and Economic Development

Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
(757) 823-8408

The mission of the Division of Research and Economic Development is to be a responsive and responsible customer-centric organization that enables and empowers its client (the Norfolk State University community and its stakeholders) to effectively accomplish its business unit goals.


The Division of Research and Economic Development is primarily responsible for acquiring external funding support for sponsored program activities and for encouraging and sustaining faculty and staff interests in these endeavors.

The Research and Innovation to Support Empowerment (RISE) project is intricately linked to the Division of Research and Economic Development in that RISE Campus activity is underpinned by technology and research. Also, the Division provides a critical interface between Norfolk State University (NSU) and the Enterprise and Empowerment Foundation (E2F) that oversees the RISE project.

The Division of Research and Economic Development includes the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP).

Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP)

This unit is responsible for administrative oversight for Norfolk State University grant, contract, and other sponsored program coordination and activities. Sponsored Programs is the primary interface for all departments and units within the University for local, state, federal, and quasi-governmental agencies, for corporations, foundations and other entities that provide support for research projects and other sponsored program categories. This excludes programs for charitable gifts, endowments, and all other forms of private giving, all of which are managed by the Division of University Advancement.

The mission of the Office of Sponsored Programs is to shepherd programs and funds into and through the University and to assist in developing and maintaining the intellectual base required to competitively seek external funding. This office seeks, pursues, solicits, and manages funding activities for all research and other sponsored programs, University-wide.

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