Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

RSP Office

Information for researchers on Coronavirus-related operational impacts

RSP staff are presently working from home, while continuing to provide all customary services.  Phone lines are being checked every 20-30 min and calls returned as soon as possible.  We are currently conducting meetings by phone or videoconference.  We do ask that researchers allow extra time ahead of any planned submission and that you notify the office of upcoming deadlines 10 or more days in advance.  Services supporting human participants and animals are also continuing.

COVID-19 External Funding Opportunities

Safely Restarting Western Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities

Letter to campus on restarting research, scholarship and creative activities.

Planning guidance and instructions for departments to prepare for restarting research, scholarship and creative activities.  Updated 7-23-2020

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Polices & Procedures

Western Washington University's Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (RSP) supports Western's nationally-recognized research, scholarly, and creative communities through a variety of internal funding programs and by providing guidance and resources for proposal development, submission, post-award management and compliance.

We provide assistance with concept development and identification of funding opportunities, coordinate pre‐award activities including proposal preparation and contract negotiation, handle all external proposal submissions, and manage intellectual property development for the university. RSP also establishes policies related to sponsored program funding, compliance, and serves as the formal institutional liaison with sponsors.

We provide guidance and education to the research community in the effective administration of research compliance related to human subjects research, animal research, responsible conduct of research, and financial conflict of research. We interpret federal regulations to develop and implement policies to assist researchers to stay in compliance and maintain the highest level of ethical research. Throughout this process, RSP fosters a relationship of shared governance promoting responsibility for the conduct of ethical research.


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