Proposal Approval Form  Commonly requested data

Discovery experts

Discovery Experts Database is a tool designed to enhance your reach and reputation as a discovery expert. A scheduled update to the system will go online January 4 and will provide a powerful, user-friendly, intuitive interface with easier options for uploading new data. Contact your research officer if you have questions or need assistance updating your profile, or access the user guide.

Discovery Experts Database Frequently asked questions

Welcome Sherine obare as new associate vice president

Join us in welcoming Dr. Sherine Obare who will help provide leadership in growing Discovery. Specifically central to her role will be the operational management and oversight of the core research administration functions in the Office of the Vice President for Research. 

Save the Date for Spring Convocation

Information about the Feb 17 Spring Convocation

Discover Discovery Workshop Series

Discover Discovery Workshops year-long series has been finalized. Join us on January 24 for "Students in research - at a university? You don't say...".  February 7 - "Yes, they are talking about you behind your back. What do grant proposal reviewers really think"?   February 21 - "Project evaluation - sponsors want bang for their buck"! See schedule and register. Discovery inventory

contracts for Investigators: Breakfast Sessions

This year-long series has been finalized. Join us on January 18 for "Special topics in international research collaboration: Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, special budget considerations, export control and taxation". February 15 - ""But can't we agree to keep it confidential?" Non-disclosure agreements. March 15 -  Research contract negotiation for graduate students. See schedule and register.

Funding opportunities

Featured monthly are new funding opportunities relevant for WMU faculty and staff.

The National Endowment for the Humanities has announced the 2017 Summer Stipend Program. The deadline for this year's submission is September 29, 2016 and the grant award is $6,000. NEH allows only two submissions per institution. Review instructions for WMU's internal selection process. PIs should send pre-proposals to their college associate dean for research by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 10, 2016.  Complete information on the NEH's Summer Stipend Program is available at:

Share the story: scholar talks 2016

Experience some of the amazing work being done at WMU by our outstanding scholars.

Discovery Activities, Funding, and Climate Survey

Results of the Discovery Activities, Funding, and Climate Survey (2014), tabulated by Hanover Research, covered the gamut from resources, experiences with proposal development and submissions, leadership messaging, and the grant-seeking enterprise at WMU.

Pivot subscription canceled

OVPR ended its contract with PIVOT since its service overlaps with those funding search services offered by SciVal. As with PIVOT, users who register for an account with SciVal can save their searches, set up automatic searches, and track identified funding opportunities. If you have any questions about how to use SciVal, please contact your Research Officer.

WMU faculty and staff may use other search tools including the Discovery Experts system, where you can set up funding alerts based on your publications, and the Foundation Directory Online, where you can search funding opportunities from foundations and other nonprofit entities (FDO can be accessed through the University Libraries website.

For federal funding opportunities, faculty and staff can use the search engines.

OVPR Research Officers are available to help faculty and staff with their searches.

Congratulations to WMU faculty and staff

External award activity

July 1, 2016 through November 30, 2016

  • Submissions: 171
  • Awards: 124

July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016

  • Submissions: 385
  • Awards: 250

July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015

  • Submissions: 355
  • Awards: 231