As we kick off the new academic year, the Office of Research welcomes all of our new researchers joining the Cougar family.

You join a research community that transforms lives every day through innovations and discoveries. Our faculty are not only outstanding in their fields of study, they also enhance each other’s research strengths across colleges and campuses. Our researchers learn from each other, sparking new ideas and approaches. We value the exceptional faculty we have and are excited that you are now part of this incredible group.

No matter what campus you are located on or where you are in your professional journey, you have a place at WSU. We look forward to celebrating your future accomplishments and achievements. But most of all, we look forward to partnering with you as you find solutions that tackle some of today’s most pressing challenges.

We encourage the entire research community to use our office as a resource. We provide services to researchers across the University, from help with networking to writing a proposal, to managing the grant once awarded, to taking an innovation or discovery from the lab to the marketplace. We also guide the WSU research community in conducting research in a safe and ethical manner, cultivating individual and institutional integrity. We work to ensure that your research complies with state, federal and international regulations and laws. Together, we make contributions that serve society.

Upcoming Office of Research Events

The Office of Research will host a special event for new faculty, providing you with the chance to meet with our staff, ask questions, and learn more about how we can support your research. The New Faculty Office of Research Open House will take place on Friday, September 20, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., in the Office of Research suite located in Lighty 280.

Also new this year, the Innovation and Research Engagement Office (IREO) will host industry leadership seminars across campus. These seminars will provide an industry look at what business leaders are looking for when wanting to partner with University researchers. More information coming soon.

The Office of Research hosts the Vice President for Research Distinguished Lecture Series every year. This series invites world-renowned experts to WSU to share ideas and spark conversations about research that addresses society’s biggest challenges. Invited lectures are leaders in their fields. On Wednesday, September 4, the Vice President for Research Distinguished Lecture will host Nathan Baker, director for the Advanced Computing, Mathematics, and Data Division at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. The talk, Accelerating Scientific Discovery through Quantum Information Science, will take place at 3 p.m., in the Engineering Teaching and Research Laboratory (ETRL), room 101. A reception will follow in ETRL, room 119. We encourage you to check out this lecture series throughout the academic year.

The Vice President for Distinguished Lecture Series will continue on Monday, October 21, at 3 p.m. in the Veterinary Biomedical Research (VBR) building, room 305, as part of Research Week, featuring Dr. Dimitri Petrov, professor and endowed chair at Stanford University with a lecture titled, Barcoding Evolution.

The Office of Research Advancement and Partnerships (ORAP) will host an information session, titled Intro to OR and Life Cycle of Grant, on Wednesday, September 11, from 12-1 p.m., and Thursday, September 12, from 10-11 a.m. in Lighty 280. Discover how the Office of Research can help you with everything from developing and submitting a grant proposal, to having a compliant research program, to managing and licensing your intellectual property. Session leads are Matt Michener, Maureen Bonnefin, and Ben Howard. Seating is limited, so RSVP (Zoom will be available). Learn more about upcoming events hosted by ORAP here.

Join the Office of Research for our third annual Research Week. This year, featured events include competitions for seed and travel funding, matchmaking flash talks, and workshops for faculty and graduate students. We will announce competition winners and recognize research achievements by faculty and staff during an awards ceremony and reception. All are welcome to come and take advantage of professional development and networking opportunities. Learn more and see a full schedule here.

Safety is a top priority for the University and for the Office of Research. After a nine-year hiatus, we held the first WSU Safety, Health and Security Fair and Awards on November 28, 2017. This year, our Safety Fair will take place on Tuesday, October 22, from 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., in the CUB Senior and Junior Ballroom. The Safety Fair, launched by the Executive Safety, Health and Security Steering Committee, will highlight the university’s commitment to ensuring the health, safety and security of faculty, staff and students. An award ceremony will recognize the outstanding health and safety contributions made by individuals and groups across the university. The fair will feature local business vendor booths and provide participants with interactive and live demonstrations. Flash talks on safety and health topics will be held in the CUB Junior Ballroom throughout the day. Participating vendors include Cougar Health Services, the Pullman police and fire departments, Alternatives to Violence, American Red Cross, Mantis Martial Arts and many more.

We are committed to having a compliant research program at WSU. The Office of Research Assurances supports and promotes safe, compliant and ethical research practices at WSU. ORA administers the Presidential committees that oversee research with animals, biological agents, humans and radiation. ORA also provides hazardous materials shipping services and administers the export control program. Learn more here.

To find out more about state and federal resources applicable to your research and commercialization process, check out the Office of Commercialization’s Funding Resources. You will also see information about available funding opportunities and their deadlines for application submission.

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