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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 …

WSU committed to providing highest level of animal care

By Mike Kluzik, Director of Office of Research Assurances, and Alan Ekstrand, Animal Welfare Program Assistant Director

Washington State University makes discoveries that save and improve the lives of animals and humans alike. To understand complex problems such as how both natural and disease states of biological systems in animals and humans function, some WSU investigators conduct research using animals. WSU conducts animal research only when necessary and with an aim to preserve, improve, or advance the well-being and lives of humans, animals, and the environments we share.

Animal-based research and teaching comes with the responsibility to provide animals with the highest level of ethical and humane … » More …

Creating a Culture of Innovation and Engagement

By Brian Kraft, Assistant Vice President, Innovation and Research Engagement Office

As a land grant university, Washington State University’s mission is to advance knowledge through creativity and innovation and then apply this knowledge to real-world challenges. To do this, we must bridge the gap between academia and industry, using external partnerships to translate our research into practical, science-based solutions.

However, since 2002, the amount of interactions between WSU research and industry has been on the decline. An external review conducted in 2016 found that this decrease was due to a number of reasons, one of which included the culture on campus, which could be … » More …

WSU, PNNL Partnership Forges Scientific Breakthroughs

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

Washington State University’s system-wide collaborative research partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has a long and successful history. With WSU Tri-Cities campus and the PNNL research complex situated less than a mile apart in Richland, Wash., the collaboration has provided hands-on educational experiences that lead to career opportunities for WSU alumni. Through joint appointments where WSU faculty perform collaborative research with PNNL scientists, our partnership has provided a solid foundation for our research aspirations.

By uniting our strengths, WSU and PNNL have built unique opportunities for our graduate students, … » More …

D25, Grand Challenges, and Investment in Research

Join us at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24 at the Elson S. Floyd Cultural Center for the inaugural WSU Grand Challenges FlashTalk. Learn more about the Strategic Research Investment initiative and how it’s benefiting you, the University, and society as a whole.

By Dr. Chris Keane, Vice President for Research

For over 125 years, Washington State University has remained rooted in its land-grant mission to offer practical, accessible education and to use science to benefit the state of Washington and beyond. WSU’s research and education transforms lives every day and betters society in remarkable ways.

Yet, much of the country is unaware of … » More …

Reducing the Red Tape of Research

By Dan Nordquist, Associate Vice President, Office of Research Support and Operations

Within the Office of Research, the Office of Research Support and Operations (ORSO) is here to support and assist WSU and its faculty with any and all of their research, scholarly, creative, and service activities.

One of the most frequent questions we hear is, “Is there any way to reduce the red tape on my grant?” When I hear this, a couple of things jump to my mind:  How is my team responding to this issue? What are we doing to stay ahead of issues like this? What is happening at the national … » More …

Supporting faculty, staff, and students and the “Drive to 25”

By Dr. Chris Keane, Vice President for Research 

Greetings! It’s an honor to launch a blog dedicated to communicating the excitement and opportunities associated with research, scholarship and creativity at Washington State University. Just the other day, my young daughter provided a great perspective on my role in supporting the university.

She asked, “Dad- does the Vice President for Research do all the research at WSU?”

“No,” I responded, “Our outstanding faculty, staff and students do. A more accurate title for me would be ‘Vice President for Helping Others do Research.’”

Supporting our faculty, staff and students in taking WSU research to the next level … » More …

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