Office of Research now accepting proposals for Research Week competitions

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The Office of Research is now accepting proposal submissions for this year’s Research Week competitions. Researchers from across the WSU system are encouraged to apply. Submissions are due by 5 p.m., on Monday, Sept. 25.

Research Week, held Oct. 16–20, is dedicated to celebrating achievements, building partnerships, and pursuing new opportunities for research, scholarship, and creative activity at WSU. The Office of Research will host three grant competitions during Research Week providing an opportunity for faculty and graduate students to compete for grant funding or a research assistant. The three competitions are RA and $10K Seed Grant Competition, Graduate Student Travel Grant Competition, and Travel with a Purpose Competition.

“Research Week is an exciting time to celebrate our researcher’s incredible achievements over the past year. As part of the full schedule of events lined up, we are excited to offer faculty and graduate students with an opportunity to compete for funding that will aid in furthering their research,” said Kim Christen, vice president for research and vice chancellor for research in Advancement and Research Partnerships. 

The RA and $10K Seed Grant Competition is designed to provide faculty with the opportunity to explore a new line of research or pursue an established research question through a new inter-or multi-disciplinary approach or partnership. The grant will support the pursuit of research ideas and projects that lead to extramural funding or achievements in scholarly or creative practice as recognized by the researcher’s field. Awardees will receive $10,000 and funding for a graduate research assistantship for one-semester starting in spring 2024. This competition is sponsored by the Office of Research and the Graduate School,

The Graduate Student Travel Grant will provide $500 to up to three WSU graduate students in support of travel that advances their research, scholarship, and creative activities. 

The Travel with a Purpose Grant Competition will award up to three teams or individuals $3,000 in funds to use for travel as part of a partnership with a community, industry partner, or lab to enhance existing collaborations or start new partnerships. Awardees will also receive support from the Office of Research Advancement and Partnerships, Industry and Research Engagement Office, and the Office of National Laboratory Partnerships to initiate contact and/or develop strategic, industrial, community or laboratory partnerships. 

Finalists selected from the pool of applicants for each competition will give 3–5-minute pitches to a panel of reviewers during Research Week. The panel will select the awardees from the finalists based on the strength of their proposals and pitches. Winners will be announced during the Research Awards Ceremony on Friday, Oct. 16.

To submit a proposal or learn more, visit the Research Week website

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