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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


Spring Research Day was held on March 28, 2017** Click here to access presentations from the morning lectures**

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. The next Research Day will be held in the Fall of 2017

Invited Speaker Presentations

Student Research and Creative Activities (SRCA) Awards Speakers

Final Agenda for Spring 2017 Research Day

Full Program Booklet with Abstracts

Grant and Research Workshops for Faculty


  • Watch for additional workshops to come AY 2017-2018 - If you have ideas for workshops please email Laura Vassallo.

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 - Watch for the Fall schedule

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. PIVOT access usign WCU signon(Shibboleth)

The next faculty PIVOT training session will be held in Fall semester.

  • Faculty desiring a PIVOT demo please feel free to contact Holly Jackson to schedule.
  • You must register for this course in advance, as space is limited.  Please visit the FAST training schedule homepage to register (Mouse over the course title located on the calendar in order to register).
  • A course description can be found here
  • You are required to create a PIVOT account before attending this training, please visit the find funding page of the Research website for instructions on how to create your PIVOT account.

Ask for a PIVOT Demo in your classroom by one of our Graduate Assistants: Email Holly Jackson

**Notice Regarding Scholarly Open Access Publishers**

The link below provides a list of questionable, scholarly open-access publishers. We recommend that you read the available reviews, assessments and descriptions provided here, and then decide for yourselves whether you want to submit articles, serve as editors or on editorial boards:

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