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!

Save the date - October 31 - Research and Dessert


Discover Discovery Workshops Offered

OVPR, with the Office of Faculty Development, will offer Discover Discovery series again this year. The first workshop on September 23 is Stories from the Trenches: Strategies for Success, and the second workshop on October 7 focuses on the discovery program inventory. Complete your Discovery Inventory and bring to the workshop.

Register for Discover Discovery.

MDOT's New Advanced Notice System in effect

As of August 1, 2014, all MDOT funded principal investigators will be required to file advanced notices to MDOT prior to undertaking research that involves a state trunkline right of way (research that will involve activity that takes place on "all M-, US-, I-, BL and any Connector routes"). Principal investigators will be required to provide advanced notice on their activities and the relevant activities of subcontractors on funded projects. To access the MDOT guide and instructions for filing an advanced notice, please click here.

Discovery Experts

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

If you added additional content during Phase 3 (May - July 31) to your discovery profile, your changes will be reflected in the main discovery Experts database in early September after the data is uploaded. In the meantime, you can access your profile information at the link below:

Click here to access Discovery Experts

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

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 July click here.

Congratulations to WMU Faculty and Staff!

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

Submissions:371| Awards:252

Updated August 29, 2014

Office of the Vice President for Research
Western Michigan University
210 W Walwood Hall
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5456 USA
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