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.



Office of Sponsored Research Workshops                                                                           

Proposal Development Workshop 23 October 2013: "Proposal Development: Why Bother?"

   Presenters:  Gautam Pillay, PhD, Associate Vice President of Research

                      Richard T. Przywara, Executive Director WCU Foundation

click here for link to video (use your WCU username and password to sign in)

Slide Deck (PDF)  (opens in new window)


Proposal Development Workshop 19 November 2013: " Case Studies in Proposal Development: Examples to Consider"

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Post-Award Grants and Contracts Workshop 24 April 2014


  • Catherine Spaur, Grants Specialist, Office of Sponsored Research: slide deck
  • Kelly Smith, Grant and Contract Accountant, Finance and Business Services: slide deck
  • Marianne Peffall, Director of Business Services
  • Teresa John, Chief Financial Officer, WCU Foundation


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.