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The Office of Research promotes safety in research

As the state’s land-grant university, Washington State University research finds solutions to today’s challenges. Our classrooms and laboratories act as centers for learning and discovery. We provide an environment that is conducive for education to grow knowledge and research to develop new innovations. Knowledge flourishes in this environment when faculty and staff are safe to engage in open dialogue and conduct ethical research.

Guided by the tenets of ethical and responsible conduct of research, the OR is proactive in its continuous improvement of safety protocols and streamlining processes for better efficiency. The OR supports WSU researchers by providing the necessary programs, training, and administrative backing … » More …

Office of Research Welcomes New Research Faculty

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 … » More …

Faculty Senate and the Office of Research Task Force on CILs Issues Report

By Geeta Dutta, Office of Research Advancement and Partnerships

In November 2017, the Faculty Senate and the Office of Research jointly chartered a task force to review Washington State University’s Centers, Institutes, and Laboratories (CILs) policies and procedures associated with defining, creating, reviewing, and renewing CILs.

Previously, the Faculty Senate’s Research and Arts Committee (RAC) reviewed proposals, made recommendations for the approval of new CILs, and created reports for the Faculty Senate and the vice president for research, which were then sent on to the University president. The RAC also reviewed and renewed CILs every five years. But it was the Board of Regents that … » More …

IRB protects the rights of human subjects in research

By Jeannie Padowski, Chair for the WSU Biomedical and Health Sciences IRB and Mike Kluzik, Director of the Office of Research Assurances

Research on humans serves as a vital step in learning how a new discovery will impact the way we live and think. From medical breakthroughs to learning about psychological and behavioral patterns, research allows scientists to delve deeper into how people live, think and maintain their health.

Research using human subjects requires the assurance that appropriate steps are taken to protect the rights and welfare of humans participating as subjects in a research study. The Institutional Review Board (IRB) serves as a … » More …

Two SBDC advisors receive NASBITE Program of Excellence Award

The Grant County Economic Development Council (EDC) and the Washington Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Outbound Trade Event has received a National Association of Small Business International Trade Educators (NASBITE) International Program of Excellence Award, which will be presented to Grant County SBDC advisor Allan Peterson and SBDC export trade advisor Vern Jenkins at the national conference in Savannah, Georgia, in April.

Jenkins and Peterson have been conducting both inbound and outbound trade events in Grant County since 2015. The program is unique in the extensive pre-departure education and advising that Jenkins and Peterson guide clients through, as well as the follow-up assistance after the … » More …

Welfare of animals at the heart of services provided by OCV

By Nina Woodford, Director of the Office of the Campus Veterinarian

WSU researchers are making new discoveries every day with an aim to preserve, improve, or advance the well-being and lives of humans, animals, and the environments we share. Research studying laboratory animals plays a vital role in many of these discoveries. Animal-based research comes with the responsibility to provide animals with the highest level of ethical and humane care. The University is strongly committed to that care.

The Office of the Campus Veterinarian (OCV) oversees and administers this high level of care to animals across the WSU system. We provide a complete range … » More …

Growing research through commercialization of innovations

By Sita Pappu, Assistant Vice President for Commercialization

Washington State University (WSU) researchers untangle complex problems to enrich the quality of life for society. Research conducted by WSU faculty and staff safeguards the health of humans and animals. It helps ensure the security and abundance of our food supply. It cultivates sustainable sources of energy to power future generations. Discoveries and innovations fuel prosperity across the state, nation, and world. This work is the foundation that will help us reach our Drive to 25 goal of becoming one of the top 25 public institutions in the United States by 2030.

But how do those solutions … » More …

Office of Research celebrates recent accomplishments

By Christopher Keane, Vice President for Research

Each year, the Office of Research looks to improve our support of the Washington State University community engaged in creative activity, research, and scholarship. Over the past 18 months, we have made significant steps to do just that. From putting a stronger emphasis on safety to centralizing the management of our vivaria, the Office of Research has worked diligently towards achievements which will help us better serve the University.

Some of our most notable accomplishments are discussed below. It is important to note that all of these accomplishments represent effective collaborations between colleges, campuses, central administration, and the … » More …

ORAP partners with faculty to write award-winning proposals

By Geeta Dutta, Director of the Office of Research Advancement and Partnerships

As WSU works toward the goal of becoming a top 25 public research university by 2030, leveraging cutting edge research is increasingly important to overall research productivity and growth. Promoting interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research, which have become increasingly important to federal funders as they seek to provide solutions to wicked problems, will contribute to that growth.

The Office of Research Advancement and Partnerships (ORAP) provides the services needed to increase WSU’s research capacity, helping faculty improve their proposals by providing grant writing workshops, proposal editing and review services, proposal development assistance, and targeted … » More …

The Concept of Clean Tech: WSU’s History with Sustainable Solutions

By Michael Wolcott, Associate Vice President for Research, Office of Clean Technology

Creating a more resilient and sustainable future is one of the biggest challenges facing our society today. It’s important that we ask certain fundamental questions, such as, how can we as a community continue to economically advance while reducing our environmental footprint? What can we change today to ensure the future health of our society and environment?

At Washington State University, an integral part of our mission is to align our resources, including our research, education, and outreach capabilities, to address the most pressing challenges facing our society today. Exploring how we can … » More …

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