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Research and Sponsored Programs


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Research and Sponsored Programs

611 Wayne Hall
West Chester, PA 19383

Phone: 610-436 3557

Vishal Shah
Interim Associate Vice President

Additional Contact Information

ORSP has moved! Our new location is on the 6th floor of Wayne Hall; Office 611

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 Development and Research Workshops for Faculty


The following Workshops are scheduled to be held during the 2017-2018 Academic year.  You will receive e-mail notification once dates and times are confirmed:

  • New this Year!  How to build a budget for your grant application
  • Grant Development Workshop: Applying to the NSF:  Tips on crafting each section of the proposal, including Broader Impacts
  • Grant Development Workshop: Applying to the NIH: Tips on crafting each section of the proposal, with an emphasis on the Specific Aims
  • New Faculty Research Orientation
  • Applying for the University Research Fund (URF)
  • Grant Development Workshop: Applying to the NEH
  • Grants in the Health and Nursing Fields
  • IRB workshops

If you have ideas for additional workshops please email Laura Vassallo.


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

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