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.  Processing of new proposals, award acceptance and other activities is continuing.  Phone lines are being checked every 20-30 min and calls returned as soon as possible.  We are currently conducting all 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.  Compliance functions supporting human and animal subjects research are also continuing.

Process to determine whether your on-premises research is allowable while Washington's Stay Home Stay Healthy directive is in effect.

Decision tree providing guidance on allowable on-premises research activities while Washington's Stay Home Stay Healthy directive is in effect.

COVID-19 Updates and Information from External Funders (as of April 3, 2020)

For official guidance and updates please refer to Western's COVID-19 information page.

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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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