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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

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Fall Research Day: November 2, 2016

  • All events will be held in Sykes Student Union
  • Call for abstracts will be posted at the end of August

Grant and Research Workshops for Faculty

  • Early Fall: Panel Discussion "Developing a Research Agenda with a 4/4 Load"
  • September 19th: Applying for grants to the National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • October 4 & 5, 2016: Applying to the University Research Funding grant (URF)
  • November 17, 2016: Applying for grants to the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • 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

For a complete list of events and programs, click here

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.

  • Will be held September 29th at 3PM in Anderson 024 (Faculty Training room)
  • Registration will open in early September


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**ORSP Announces Faculty Research Mentor Matchmaking Program. Click here for more information on how you can be 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. Click here for more information.


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