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    Cradle-to-Career Solutions

    The U.S. Department of Education is granting $29.5M to support Grand Rapids children and families

  • MHEF Grant

    Drs. Lopez-Jeng and Eberth received funding for "Cultivating Falls Prevention Culture by Intelligent Learning"

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    VP Search

    WMU seeks a courageous, visionary and resourceful academic leader

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    Get Ready

    ORI is preparing to launch a new system for IRB protocols and external funding proposals.

Advancing the Frontiers of Knowledge and Creative Activity

At Western Michigan University, we take pride in being discovery-driven across the academic spectrum. Research fuels innovation among faculty, staff, and students, connecting us all in the shared enterprise.  Scholars of every kind create new knowledge, solve critical problems, expand the range of our understanding, meet society's needs, and develop the tools to improve the world.    

Student Research

WMU offers many undergraduate research options you won't find at many other colleges and universities. Rethink Smart: you can be the researcher or creator.

  • Transformative Power Working on the story telling project was a valuable experience that I will always cherish for the the relationship I fostered with Dr. Perkins and Dream of Detroit.

    June Pearson, Junior in Film, Video and Media Studies

Faculty Features

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    Dr. Ann Chapleau

    American Occupational Therapy Association Fellow

  • Dr. J. Kevin Corder

    Professor of Political Science and co-author were recognized by the American Political Science Association for "A Century of Votes for Women: American Elections since Suffrage"

  • Dr. Bridget Weller

    Striving to improve mental health outcomes for Black and multiracial adolescents and young adults

  • Dr. Shameek Bhatacharjee

    Researching computer security with applications to the electrical power grid

We're Open!

Contact our staff by phone, email and Webex: Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm

Electronic Platforms

Cayuse is now live for humans subjects research (IRB) and proposal review and routing (Sponsored Projects).


Fast Facts for 2020-21

How we can help

The Office of Research and Innovation supports faculty, staff, and students in their research pursuits. How can we help you reach your goals?

  • Get Started

    Learn about internal funding, fellowship programs and training to accelerate your work.

    First Steps

  • Get Externally Funded

    Develop a proposal for a grant or contract, manage compliance, and elevate your work.

    Dive Deeper

  • Share Your Work

    Prepare publications, create exhibitions, and travel to disseminate.


  • Technology Transfer and Commercialization

    Disclose intellectual property, determine technology readiness and meet customer needs

    Go to Market

  • Commonly Requested Information

    Institutional information, rate schedules, and supporting documentation.

    Quick Reference

What's Happening

At  Western,  our  constant  pursuit  of  discovery  often  results  in  creating  breakthrough  research and  innovation.  We  like  to  highlight  and  share  updates  about  all  the  latest  and  greatest research  projects  currently  taking  place  on and off campus.

Where We're Headed

  • Mission

    The Office of Research and Innovation advances the overall discovery enterprise of the University by strategic planning and initiatives, supporting the discovery initiatives of WMU faculty, staff, and students, ensuring compliance, and supporting technology and knowledge dissemination.

  • Vision

    The Office of Research and Innovation at WMU will be a leader and catalyst for excellence in discovery, comprising research, scholarship, and creative activity, involving stakeholders within and external to the University.

Strategic Planning