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Research and Sponsored Programs


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Research and Sponsored Programs

628 S. High Street
Filano Hall, Room 205
West Chester, PA 19383

Phone: 610-436 3557

Gautam Pillay, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President
610-436 3557

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The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) facilitates the entire research development process by:

  • Assisting faculty in looking for funding and support, internally and externally
  • Identifying potential collaborators at WCU and elsewhere
  • Identifying faculty mentors for interested students
  • Engaging our faculty as peer reviewers to strategically invest WCU funding in promising faculty and student research projects
  • Gathering intelligence information so faculty proposals to external funding sponsors have the highest chance for success possible
  • Knowing the sponsoring agency requirements first-hand (some of us have worked for those federal research sponsors prior to our service to WCU)
  • Assisting in proposal development, budget preparation, and even the management of sponsored projects

Research Day logo

WCU Fall Research Day on November 2, 2016 was a great success

Get involved in the next Research Day on March 28, 2017

Research Days are semi-annual events that provide the only venue for all WCU faculty and students to present, discuss, and demonstrate research and scholarship in all disciplines. It also serves as a valuable forum for researchers to practice their presentations prior to upcoming regional and national conferences.


University Research Funding (URF) Call for Proposals - Due Dec 16, 2016

Grants will be awarded for up to $7500 to assist in designing, undertaking, and collating appropriate pilot and/or preliminary data-collection, and for the production of significant scholarly/creative outputs that clearly support faculty professional development.  The Committee strongly encourages the development of research projects that will lead to development of proposals for submission to external sponsors. Projects are to be conducted between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018

  • Due Date: Friday, December 16, by 12:00 Noon ET to
  • Award Amount: Up to $7,500
  • Please contact your Grants Specialist if you are interested in applying
  • Call for proposal
  • Visit the URF SharePoint site for previously funded proposals

Summer Undergraduate Research Institute (SURI) -Deadline Jan 30, 2017 Calling all undergradute researchers!

Application for SURI - Application deadline is Jan, 30, 2017

  • All WCU faculty, department chairs, academic deans and undergradute students

    The fourth WCU Summer Undergraduate Research Institute (SURI) is now accepting applications from current WCU undergraduate students and their WCU faculty mentors.  Program information and the joint student/faculty application are contained in the attached documents.  SURI participants will spend five weeks during 2017 Summer Session 1 (30 May through 29 June) conducting research and scholarly/creative work under the direct supervision of a faculty mentor.  SURI is designed to allow current WCU students to pursue a significant research question, contribute to a scholarly endeavor, or to produce an artistic or creative work while being mentored by a WCU faculty member.  The student should consider this SURI position as full-time employment during Summer Session 1.

    SURI website or Contact if you have questions about this program, and encourage students to do the same

Grant and Research Workshops for Faculty

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  • February 16, 2017: Applying for grants to the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
  • March 22, 2017: New Faculty Research Orientation Workshop
  • April 11, 2017: Applying for grants in the Nursing Field

University research seminars – WCU faculty and their students discuss their research and lessons learned from their experiences
Faculty research focus groups – multi-disciplinary researchers will be invited to discuss potential collaborations with other WCU faculty
Workshops – ORSP staff and WCU faculty will present topical research-related seminars and facilitated panel discussions

List of Events and Programs

Faculty PIVOT training

PIVOT is a subscription database that contains funding opportunities from over 11,500 sponsors and provides the ability for WCU faculty, student and staff to identify and connect to the most comprehensive source of Federal, State and private sector funding opportunities. Pivot also enables researchers to identify potential research partners inside or outside WCU.

Ask for a PIVOT Demo in your classroom by one of our Graduate Assistants. Email

Faculty Research Writing Group

Need accountability and support for writing?
Join Faculty Research Writing Group!

WCU faculty members engaged in scholarly writing such as writing abstracts, grant proposals, journal articles, book chapters, books, presentations, etc.

You will be working in a group of 4-6 faculty participants. You will challenge and support one another as you structure your time, set concrete goals, and meet deadlines.

You will attend monthly one-hour meetings (Friday 12-1pm) throughout the 2016-2017 academic year. Fall meeting dates are as follows: 9/30, 10/21, 11/18, 12/9

WCU main campus (TBA)

How to apply?
Send the completed application form to by 9/16 (Friday 12pm). In order to form long-term and sustainable groups, please note that the participants must commit to attending monthly meetings (Friday 12-1pm) during the 2016-2017 academic year.

Questions: Please contact

Dr. Innhwa Park
Assistant Professor, TESOL
Department of Languages and Cultures
232 Mitchell Hall
West Chester, PA 19383

Can't find what you are looking for? Let us know!


**ORSP Announces Faculty Research Mentor Matchmaking Program. Get involved as a mentor or mentee**

Elizabeth Grillo, Associate Professor, Communuications Sciences and Disorders has been awarded $410,260 from the NIH for research on the prevention of voice disorders.


WCU Annual Research Report
Research Office Information Sheet
Workshop Archive and Slide Decks
Researcher Resources