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Office of Research Administration

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.

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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.


Prospective applicants for the Provost's Scholarship Development Award are invited to a Q&A Session in the UC Rogers Room Friday, September 13, at 1 pm.

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Faculty, staff, and students are invited to a hands-on workshop on "Finding Funding" in Hunter Library Room 186 on Wednesday, September 18, at 3:30 p.m.

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The National Endowment for the Humanities offers Humanities Connections Planning Grants to expand the role of the humanities in undergraduate education. Deadline September 29.

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Applications for the Provost's Scholarship Development Award are due Tuesday, October 1.

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The US Commerce Department offers grants to support technology innovation and service to US industry in the following fields: bioscience, chemistry, dimensional metrology, electronics, engineering, infrastructure, information technology, manufacturing, manufacturing metrology, materials science and engineering, nanotechnology, neutron research, optics, and physics. Applications accepted through April 30, 2020.

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Our Mission

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.

Our Vision

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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