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.


Applications for Spencer Foundation Small Research Grants are due Tuesday, May 1, 2018. Click here for details.

How to Write a Successful Grant (beginner) will be offered Tuesday, May 22, 2018. How to write a Successful Grant (intermediate) will be offered Wednesday-Thursday May 23-24, 2018. Click here for registration and more information.

NEA ArtWorks offers up to $100K for public engagement with various forms of excellent art. Deadline is July 12, 2018. Click here for details.

Read the Graduate School and Research Newsletter Spring 2018.

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 realize their potential to engage students and transform the region.

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