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Office of Research Administration

COVID-19 Update

WCU Research Administration Office remains open and available via phone, email, and Zoom. Pre- and Post-award administration is still available to assist with external funding proposals and grant management. All new research compliance protocols and modifications are being reviewed, and committees meetings will be held remotely throughout the 2020-2021 academic year. and are still monitored and fielding inquiries.
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Human Subjects Research involving direct contact should be postponed unless the visit provides immediate benefit to the health or well-being of the participant. For approved protocols that involved direct contact, researchers may consider submitting a modification to their data collection method. All forms, including the modification/amendment form, are located on IRBNet under Forms and Templates.
Instructions for how to submit a modification to IRBNet.

For the most up-to-date information about the university’s response to COVID-19, please check the WCU Coronavirus response page.

Pre-Award Services

Preaward Services

We're here to help faculty, staff and graduate students find funding opportunities, develop fundable research programs, and prepare and submit grant proposals. Need funding? This is a good place to start.

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Research Compliance

Research Compliance

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

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Post-Award Support

Post Award Support

We assist with award set-up, award closeout, and everything in between, including invoicing, financial and effort reporting, compliance and monitoring, throughout the life of your project.


About the Office of Research Administration

Research solves real-world problems, increases knowledge, inspires students, and adds to the quality of life. In the Office of Research Administration, we foster and advance research at WCU with the community, region, and university in mind. We help faculty, staff, and graduate students find external funding opportunities, develop fundable research and programs, prepare and submit proposals and manage grant awards in compliance with agency regulations. ORA is eager to hear your ideas for new programs and projects. Please contact us

Funding Opportunities

Proposal Resources

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Research Awards


CITI Training


ORA Staff

WCU faculty are invited to apply for "Fundamentals of Grant Writing," a two-day on-campus workshop to develop a grant proposal. Workshop leaders will be Dr. Joanna Downer of Duke University and Nancy Daneau of New York University. The workshop, originally scheduled for May, will be rescheduled for Fall 2020.

NCBiotech's Flash Grant program offers up to $20,000 to support creative ideas that have commercial potential. Deadline is August 12, 2020.

The North Carolina Humanities Council offers up to $3,500 for community engagement projects. Applications accepted through September 10, 2020.

The Recreational Trails Program offers up to $250,000 for trails projects. Deadline is September 11, 2020.

The Office of Research Administration assists and supports scholars and research stakeholders in the pursuit of funding and collaborations, stewardship of resources, and the ethical conduct of research.

The Office of Research Administration serves as a key partner to facilitate and advance externally funded programs and research activities, helping faculty and staff make discoveries, engage students and transform the region.

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