Western Michigan University

Welcome to the Office of the
Vice President for Research (OVPR)


Discovery is broad and deep at Western Michigan University. Our hundreds of faculty and staff have created a rich diversity of research and creative activities. OVPR facilitates, supports, and sustains both individual investigators and collaborative programs. We encourage internal and external inter-disciplinary and inter-organizational Discovery initiatives. OVPR assists with external funding proposal development and submission, manages the awarding and administration of internal funding support, and oversees compliance with research-related federal, state, and University regulations. This site provides tools and resources to help you do Discovery at WMU.


To access PAF form click here.

If new to the PAF system, please go here for an overview and instructions.

Front Page News - What's Happening!

Discovery Experts Database is a new tool designed to enhance your reach and reputation as a Discovery Expert. Phase 3 offers you the opportunity to add additional content to your profile. Click here for instructions on adding content by July 31. Information individually added during Phase 3 in the staging area will be uploaded en masse to the database by September 2014.

See ten reasons why you will love the Discovery Expert database:

Click here to access Discovery Experts

Frequently Asked Questions

Funding Opportunities Highlights

Featured monthly are new funding opportunities relevant for WMU faculty and staff. To review funding opportunities highlighted this month here. To review featured funding opportunities highlighted in June click here.

Congratulations to WMU Faculty and Staff!

External Award Activity - July 1, 2013 -May 31, 2014

Submissions:351| Awards:233

Updated June 30, 2014

Office of the Vice President for Research
Western Michigan University
210 W Walwood Hall
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5456 USA
(269) 387-8298 | (269) 387-8276 Fax