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.


First Monthly Research Roundtable

Thursday, 25 September, from 12:30 - 1:30 PM in the Sturzebecker HSC 301B conference room on the South campus.

This will be an opportunity to talk with other faculty about your research interests, hear from them as well, and see if your interests overlap.  Or you can just come to learn about what other faculty do for their research, scholarly and creative activities.

Faculty who wish to attend will have around 5-10 minutes to talk about their research. Then we will have a casual group discussion about how we can support these endeavors and what assistance you need from the research office and the administration.

Space in this conference room is limited, so if you would like to attend, please email by Monday, 22 September, in order to reserve your spot.



Recent Calls for Proposals:



WCU University Research Funding (URF) Grant

(formely FGD)

WCU Foundation Faculty and Student Research (FaStR) Grant
Deadline Date

17 December 2014,

12:00 Noon

17 October 2014, 5:00 PM ET

Award Amount

$7500 $10,000
Link to full funding Announcement URF Grant Guidelines 2014-2105 FaStR Grants RFP



URF informational Workshop:

September 24th, 3:45pm Sykes 210




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.



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.