West Chester University

Gautam Pillay, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President
628 S. High Street
Filano Hall, Room 205
Fax: 610-436-2689



Welcome to the Research Office



The Research Office provides administrative and technical support and oversight to faculty and staff in the development and submission of proposals to external organizations, including federal, state, and private-sector sponsors, to support research, scholarly, and creative activities. We manage all pre-award activities and the intellectual property development process, including patent applications and commercialization agreements. We collaborate with faculty and staff from all academic units and other campus offices to encourage the submission of grant and contract applications. We work with Fiscal Affairs and other offices responsible for post-award management to ensure that grant-funded activities are implemented effectively and that Principal Investigators are knowledgeable of policies and procedures.



The Inaugural West Chester University Monthly Research Seminar

Presented by the Office of Sponsored Research and the Center for International Programs


The Fulbright Program: A Panel Discussion

Monday, September 29th, Philips Autograph Library, 3:00 – 4:00 pm


Click here for more information and a list of panelists.




Join us for PIVOT training workshops held in Anderson 24 on the following dates:

  • Thursday, September 18th, 2014 at 3:00 PM-  Sorry, Class is full
  • Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 at 10:00 AM- Sorry, Class is full

Registration is required as space is limited.  Please e-mail to register!

Click here for a course description

Additional trainings will be scheduled in October.  Look for registration information in the September e-mail of the Software Application Training Schedule and check back here for updates.


Just Announced:

WCU Foundation Faculty and Student Research (FaStR) Call for Proposals - applications due 17 October

The West Chester University Foundation is pleased to announce the availability of $75,000 in new funding for faculty/student research for this academic year.

The FaStR program is available to all full-time faculty members, and the proposed project must contain a strong student research component.

Brief Overview:

Title:   WCU Foundation Faculty and Student Research (FaStR) Call for Proposals.  Download full RFP

Due Date: October 17th, 2014

Award Notifications:  January 2015

Project Period:  12-18 months beginning the start of the Spring Semester 2015

Award Amount:  $1,000-$10,000


This opportunity supports research projects that result in meaningful contributions to your respective professional fields and to your professional development.  The proposal must contain a strong student research component.  It is expected that funded projects will employ student researchers.  Additionally, proposals leading to the submission of grant applications to external agencies will be favored.


Services provided by the Research Office

  • External funding searches, based on individual and/or small group research interests.
  • Assistance with proposal development, including review of funders’ guidelines, proposal development,  budget development, editing, and submission of completed proposals
  • Post-awards negotiations with Program Officers
  • Workshops and training on all aspects of proposal development and grants management
  • Development of undergraduate and graduate student research opportunities
  • Consultation on federal, state, and private-sector funding agencies
  • Consultation on intellectual property and technology transfer


Policies and Deadlines

  • Investigators interested in responding to a call for proposals should contact the OSR staff at least 30 days prior to the submission deadline
  • All proposals being submitted to external funding agencies must be circulated on campus using a WCU Grant/Contract Cover Sheet and must be presented to the OSR at least 10 working days prior to the submission deadline


Anyone who is planning to submit a grant proposal to an external funding agency should notify OSR in the early stages of the grant preparation process so that we can offer our assistance and guide prospective investigator(s) through the grant development and submission processes.