Office of Research Administration

Preaward Services

Preaward Services

We're here to help faculty, staff and graduate students find funding opportunities, develop fundable research programs, build plans, submit proposals and manage grant awards. Pursuing external funding? This is a good place to start.

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Research Compliance

Research Compliance

Proving ethical oversight that follows all regulatory requirements, we help facilitate university research, teaching and public service programs which involve human subjects, animals and export control regulations.

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Post Award Support

Post Award Support

From project management to account establishment, award set-up to award closeout, reporting to compliance and more, your ORA Post Award Support covers a myriad of aspects throughout your sponsored projects life.



About the Office of Research Administration

Pushing boundaries and furthering what we know is possible through the support of cutting-edge research. In the Office of Research Administration, we foster and help advance the research activities at WCU with the community, region, and university in mind. We strive to improve individual lives and enhance economic and community development through research driven programs and activities.


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Our Mission

The Office of Research Administration mission aligns with the university's mission by cultivating and supporting a robust sponsored research culture for all faculty, students, and staff while assuring institutional integrity.

Our Vision

The Office of Research Administration will be a model unit of service and support, fostering and advancing research activities at WCU for the benefit of the university, community, and region.

Our Core Values

The Office of Research Administration supports the university's academic mission to improve individual lives and enhance economic and community development through academic programs, educational outreach, research, and creative and cultural activities. We accomplish this by adhering to our core values in all ORA activities and interactions with internal and external constituents.

  • Provide high-quality service in the development and administration of sponsored research activities
  • Integrate research into the university's intellectual and academic culture and identity

  • Protect the fiscal and legal integrity of the institution

  • Increase faculty/staff engagement with sponsored research, resulting in a significant increase in proposals and awards

  • Cultivate research experiences and opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students 

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