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 Proposal Approval Form (PAF) click here.

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

Funding Opportunities Highlights

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

Front Page News - What's Happening!

Excellence In Discovery Recognition

A recent luncheon for a select, special group of WMU faculty and staff celebrated their excellence in Discovery.

Ninth Annual Research and Creative Activities Poster and Performance Day is scheduled for April 24 - Grad Student nomination EXTENDED through today, March 31

This is a great opportunity for graduate students to promote university scholarship and be recognized for their research and creative activities. Also offers experience in making professional presentations and performances.

Student nomination form (due date extended through March 31)

Faculty information sheet and judging criteria

Graduate student fact sheet


Discover Discovery Workshops Offered

OVPR, with the Office of Faculty Development, will offer Discover Discovery series again this year. For workshop descriptions go to the registration site:

Register for Discover Discovery.

Discovery Experts

Discovery Experts Database is a tool designed to enhance your reach and reputation as a Discovery Expert.

You can access your profile information at the link below:

Click here to access Discovery Experts

Frequently Asked Questions

Congratulations to WMU Faculty and Staff!

External Award Activity - July 1, 2014 - December 31, 2014

Submissions: 166 | Awards: 126

External Award Activity - July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014

Submissions:371| Awards:252

Updated January 15, 2015

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