Office of Research Administration

Pre-Award Services

Preaward Services

We're here to help faculty, staff and graduate students find funding opportunities, develop fundable research programs, and prepare and submit grant proposals. Need funding? This is a good place to start.

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Research Compliance

Research Compliance

Providing ethical oversight that follows all regulatory requirements, we help facilitate university research, teaching and public service programs that involve human subjects, animals, and export controls.

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Post-Award Support

Post Award Support

We assist with award set-up, award closeout, and everything in between, including invoicing, financial and effort reporting, compliance and monitoring, throughout the life of your project.


About the Office of Research Administration

Research solves real-world problems, increases knowledge, inspires students, and adds to the quality of life. In the Office of Research Administration, we foster and advance research at WCU with the community, region, and university in mind. We help faculty, staff, and graduate students find external funding opportunities, develop fundable research and programs, prepare and submit proposals and manage grant awards in compliance with agency regulations. ORA is eager to hear your ideas for new programs and projects. Please contact us.


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CITI Training

Funding Opportunities

Proposal Resources

Research Awards

Responsible Conduct

ORA Staff

Applications for Provost's Internal Funding Support Grant are due Sunday, October 1, 2017. Click here for details.


Applications for NIH's Academic Research Enhancement Award are due Wednesday, October 25, 2017. Click here for details.



Our Mission

The Office of Research Administration assists and supports scholars and research stakeholders in the pursuit of funding and collaborations, stewardship of resources, and the ethical conduct of research.

Our Vision

The Office of Research Administration serves as a key partner to facilitate and advance externally funded programs and research activities, helping faculty and staff realize their potential to engage students and transform the region.

Our Core Values

The Office of Research Administration supports the university's academic mission to improve individual lives and enhance economic and community development through academic programs, educational outreach, research, and creative and cultural activities. We accomplish this by adhering to our core values in all ORA activities and interactions with internal and external constituents.

  • Provide high-quality service in the development and administration of sponsored research activities
  • Integrate research into the university's intellectual and academic culture and identity

  • Protect the fiscal and legal integrity of the institution

  • Increase faculty/staff engagement with sponsored research, resulting in a significant increase in proposals and awards

  • Cultivate research experiences and opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students 

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