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The Office of Research to monitor impact of partial government shutdown

On Friday, January 25, a bill was signed to fully fund the government, ending the longest partial government shutdown in history. The bill will fund the government through February 15. Washington State University partners with several federal agencies who were impacted by this shutdown. While we are happy these agencies are now funded and fully functional, we are also aware that the impacts may extend beyond the signing of the bill. Dan Nordquist, deputy vice president for research, is continuing to monitor the impact of the shutdown.

If you have questions about how the partial shutdown will impact your research, please contact Dan Nordquist by … » More …

OC announces 2019 Commercialization Gap Fund awardees

The Office of Commercialization has chosen eight research projects with high commercialization potential to receive awards of up to $50,000 through the Commercialization Gap Fund (CGF) for 2019. The funding was awarded to faculty from diverse fields including agriculture, engineering, human health and veterinary medicine.

The WSU CGF was re-established in 2014 with a generous donation from the Washington Research Foundation to support projects over a two-year period. This gift was matched by internal funding supported by the WSU Offices of the President, Provost, and the Vice President for Research. The goal of the program is to support projects that have a high chance of … » More …

Nominations for the 2019 Golden Goose Award due January 7

The Office of Research Advancement and Partnerships is looking for nominations for the 2019 Golden Goose Award, which honors federally funded research that may be odd, obscure or serendipitous but ends up having a major impact on society.

To nominate someone, contact the Office of Research Advancement and Partnerships by email at by January 7, 2019. Make sure to include the name of the person being nominated, what unexpected impact the research has had, and which U.S. federal agency funded the work.

For more information about the Golden Goose Award, visit

Nuclear Science Center, Emily Brashear receive recognition during Safety Awards

The Nuclear Science Center and Office of Research’s Emily Brashear received honorable mentions during the 2018 WSU Safety, Health and Security Fair and Awards. The Safety Awards, which took place on Oct. 16, recognized outstanding health and safety contributions made by individuals and groups across the University.

The Nuclear Science Center received recognition for consistently prioritizing the safety of the department and its staff. Through training and communications, all staff members have made significant contributions to the safety, health and security of both … » More …

WSU joins PNNL, UW and Fred Hutch for SciTech NW

WSU partnered with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, the University of Washington, and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center to host the SciTech Northwest 2018 expo in Seattle. The event showcased more than 40 new technologies from Washington’s top research institutions that are ready or nearly ready for commercialization.

Presenters from WSU showcasing their inventions at SciTech NW 2018 included:

Photon Biosciences
Pipsqueak ai-Rewire Neuroscience















Eight faculty receive awards during Research Week’s Opening and Awards Ceremony

The Office of Research presented awards to eight faculty members for their outstanding achievements in research as part of the opening ceremony for WSU Research Week 2018.

“Our outstanding individual faculty and staff are the “bedrock” of the creative activity, research and scholarship enterprise,” said Chris Keane, vice president for research. “It’s very important to take time to recognize the achievements of our individual outstanding faculty and staff, whether in research, service to the Office of Research, leadership of major efforts, or other activities.”

Recipients received awards in five categories that celebrated individual and team achievements for their research projects and grant awards. The following … » More …

Dan Nordquist Appointed as Deputy Vice President for Research

Dan Nordquist has been appointed as deputy vice president for research (VPR) for operations. Nordquist previously served as associate vice president for the Office of Research Support and Operations (ORSO) unit. In his new role, Dan will work with all Office of Research (OR) units to improve operational support of the research community. He will also continue to oversee ORSO, the Office of Research Information Technology unit, and the Conflict of Interest Committee.

Operational support of the WSU research community is central to the OR mission and success … » More …

Entrepreneurial Program Accepting Applications

Applications are now open for the WSU i-Corps program, which teaches scientists and engineers the entrepreneurship and business skills needed to move their academic research to the marketplace.

Over the course of nine weeks, I-Corps provides both training and funding for teams to engage in a process of understanding how their solution fits in the marketplace. The effort serves to sharpen the focus of development efforts and improves the prospects of attracting funding.

Applications are due by Friday, September 7 and can be completed online. For more … » More …

WSU Representative elected to Software User Committee

Cascade Herriot, Information Systems Coordinator for the Office of Commercialization, has been elected as a committee member into the Global Users Group for the Intellectual property management software, Inteum.  This committee exists to voice the concerns of universities, companies , and other stakeholders around the world to Inteum, and help guide Inteum in how they can better meet the needs of their users.  The committee will meet quarterly, and will have exclusive access to beta releases of new functionality for feedback.

Updates from the Office of Commercialization

New Policy defines Ownership of Intellectual Property

Last month, University administration revised Executive Policy #38, which defines the University’s policy regarding intellectual property, technology transfer, and commercialization.

The full policy can be found on the Office of Procedures, Records, and Forms website.

Submissions for Commercialization Gap Fund Awards Now Open

The Office of Commercialization has officially opened submissions for the 2018-19 Commercialization Gap Fund (CGF) awards. This program awards up to $50,000 to WSU researchers that demonstrate how their work will make an economic impact on our society.

To be considered for this award, researchers need to submit a letter of intent by Friday, … » More …

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