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ORSO Contracting Group to provide help with sponsored research agreements

Come to the Office of Research Support and Operations (ORSO) Contracting Group if you need assistance with your sponsored research agreements!

The ORSO Contracting Group is ready, eager, and able to help with more than just the interpretation, negotiation, and acceptance of complex sponsored research contracts. The ORSO Contracting Group will support you with material transfer agreements (both incoming and outgoing), data use agreements (both incoming and outgoing), nondisclosure agreements (whether bilateral or unilateral), and other no-money agreements that are critical to the success of your research project.

Additionally, if you have already received an award and need to issue funding to external collaborators, the … » More …

The Office of Research releases the FY2019 Research Annual Report

The Office of Research announces the FY2019 Annual Research Report is now available online. The report highlights significant and impactful research and achievements.

With this report, we are excited to highlight the outstanding research, scholarship, and creative activities conducted by Washington State University faculty, staff, and students and their collaborators during fiscal year 2019. We are proud of our researchers accomplishments as they push back the frontiers of knowledge and seek novel solutions to societal problems in support of the University’s land-grant mission and President Kirk Schulz’s Drive to 25.

WSU research continues to grow. In FY2018, we set a record of $360.5 million in … » More …

VCR and ADR provide research support for faculty and staff

As we have transitioned between in-office and remote work, we know you have questions and need support. The Office of Research works closely with Vice Chancellors for Research (VCR) and Associate Deans for Research (ADR). They may be a great resource you may not know you have.

Your VCR’s and ADR’s are there to help with more than leadership. They are your faculty representation for research-related committees, help with research coordination and faculty development, and can assist with internal reviews of proposals and other applications. They also support and mentor faculty and oversee the adherence to compliance mandates, policies, and procedures within and on campus … » More …

How do you get your research and inventions to make an impact?

CITI’s new Technology Transfer course will provide you a comprehensive insight into what it takes to advance your research and inventions into the commercial realm and make a difference. Whether your interest rests in having your name on a patent that can be licensed, creating your own start-up company, or witnessing your invention positively impact our society, this course can help you understand what is involved along the way.

The course is recommended for any faculty, staff, researchers, post-docs, or graduate students wishing to learn more about the tech transfer process. For more information on the course and how to sign up please visit the … » More …

Michael Smith named 2020 NRMB Technician of the Year

Michael Smith, animal technician III in the Washington State University’s Office of Campus Veterinarian, received the Northern Rocky Mountain Branch of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) Technician of the Year Award.

This award recognizes animal care technical staff that go above and beyond their job descriptions and is a tribute to the technician’s integrity, work ethic and excellence.

“Michael’s acute perception at identifying animal health problems is noteworthy by both veterinary and research staff. He is well-respected by fellow animal care, veterinary and research personnel,” said Nina Woodford, director of the Office of Campus Veterinarian and attending veterinarian.

Smith started as a … » More …

DoD proposals to require cybersecurity certification

All faculty submitting proposals for Department of Defense (DoD) funding via federal contracts or as flow-through dollars from industry need to be aware of the upcoming requirements for cybersecurity practices and be prepared for the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC).

CMMC is the federal government’s latest effort to standardize a set of cybersecurity practices, following previous familiar cybersecurity frameworks. Specifically, the CMMC is being rolled out by the DoD as a framework for protecting Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) and Federal Contract Information (FCI) associated with DoD-funded projects. As such, it will initially apply only to DoD-funded projects which work with CUI or FCI. The declared … » More …

Inside Industry with IREO podcast releases three more episodes

The Innovation and Research Engagement Office (IREO) released three more episodes in its recently launched podcast titled, “Inside Industry with IREO.” The podcast features topics that cover how WSU researchers can work with industry to fund research and highlights research conducted by WSU scientists in collaboration with industry.

Episode four features Tiffany Reiss, the head of the E3 group, which supports the land-grant mission of WSU by aligning efforts, energies, and resources across the WSU system.

Episode five highlights research conducted by Jacob Leachman, associate professor in the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, on rocket and space vehicle … » More …

IREO podcast features research on policing and the impact on bias

In a special episode of Inside Industry with IREO, the Innovation and Research Engagement Office (IREO) interviews David Makin, associate professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, and Lois James, assistant dean for research and assistant professor in the College of Nursing, about their research on policing, how it is being used to improve policing, and how their research can be used to fight racism.

Makin and James have partnered with police agencies across the state to learn more about police interactions and the impact of bias on police decision-making. By partnering with police agencies, Makin and James are able to analyze real-world … » More …

IREO launches Inside Industry with IREO podcast

The Innovation and Research Engagement Office (IREO) recently launched a new podcast.

The podcast, titled, Inside Industry with IREO, features topics that cover how WSU researchers can work with industry to fund research. Additionally, this podcast highlights research conducted by WSU scientists in collaboration with industry.

The first three episodes cover topics including the role industry and the IREO team play at WSU, how the Small Business Development Center supports and aids small businesses across the state, and how research is being used to improve policing and fight racism. Episodes range between 25-50 minutes.

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WSU Health Sciences Spokane PLAR undergoes centralization to OCV

On July 1, the administration of the Program of Laboratory Animal Resources (PLAR) at WSU Health Sciences Spokane transferred to the Office of the Campus Veterinarian (OCV). Two separate external reviews of the WSU animal program conducted in fall 2016 recommended centralizing the animal facility management under the direction of Dr. Nina Woodford, director and attending veterinarian of the Office of the Campus Veterinarian. The goal behind centralization is to establish a cost-efficient, service-oriented program that meets the needs of the animal research commooknity and provides appropriate centralized support for all involved colleges.

Please note that facility centralization under OCV entails the provision of regular … » More …