Research and Innovation Digital Newsletter October 2021


In this edition of the ORI newsletter, please note the workshops that we will have regarding the rollout of Cayuse. There will be a Discovery Acceleration Workshop on Cayuse for proposal submissions on Monday, Oct. 25. Please take this opportunity to learn about our new systems.

I want to get to know about the research that you do. Please invite me to your lab or research space so that I may learn about the exciting work that you do. The best way to get on my calendar is to contact Kelli Bond. She will assist you in getting time scheduled with me.

I look forward to the opportunity to learn more about the breadth of research performed at WMU.


Steven M. Carr, Ph.D.
Interim Vice President for Research and Innovation

One of our own has a new job
Sarah Pratt has taken a new job with Cayuse. Her last day with ORI is Sunday, Oct. 31. Sarah has been with us for over 10 years and has been instrumental in making the Office of Research and Innovation run more smoothly. She started as a research officer, from there moved into a senior research officer position and then transformed that position into the one that she holds today, associate director of research and sponsored programs. We are going to miss her and wish her luck in her new endeavor. Please reach out to her with your well wishes.

Undergraduate Research Excellence Award deadline set
The Undergraduate Research Excellence Award is ready for applicants, and the deadline is Thursday, Nov. 18. The goal of the award is to provide undergraduate students with an opportunity to have a mentored research or creative scholarship-related experience under the mentorship of one of Western’s tenured faculty, tenure track faculty or staff. Visit our website for more information.

Discovery Acceleration workshop scheduled
A Discovery Acceleration workshop on Cayuse and sponsored projects is scheduled for noon on Monday, Oct. 25. This session will introduce Cayuse, Western’s new electronic research administration system, and it will focus on the Sponsored Projects module. This module will replace the PAF system for the routing and approval of proposals for external funding. Sarah Pratt, associate director of research and sponsored programs, will lead this workshop. Join via WebEx.

Support for Faculty Scholars Award open for proposals
The competition for the Support for Faculty Scholars Award is now open in InfoReady. Proposals are due Wednesday, Dec. 1. Find more information on this internal funding opportunity.

Post-graduate research funding available
The Innovation Partnerships Talent Network (T3N) was created in 2012 to enhance the early-phase commercialization of university-developed technology with talent programs and resources. It is supported by funding from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the statewide economic development organization for Michigan, and matched by each participating university.

Talent resources funded by T3N include the University Post-Graduate Fellowships. This fellowship provides funds to help post-graduate students work on technology or startup development and commercialization, increasing the chances for a license or startup in Michigan and a potential employment opportunity for the post-graduate. Contact Dr. Steven J. Weber for more information.

Cayuse eRA platform IRB is wrapping up
The Office of Research and Innovation is wrapping up implementing our cloud-based software, Cayuse Human Ethics (WMU IRB). Cayuse Human Ethics (WMU IRB) will be switched on Monday, Nov. 1. Once live, the link to Cayuse will be posted on the ORI webpage.

Cayuse IRB will allow you to create and submit your research protocols to the IRB with ease using:

  • Auto-fill features and easy-to-use forms.
  • Online access to all your IRB projects.
  • Electronic submission.
  • Guidance links for human subject research.

Researchers wishing to submit a new protocol or renewal of an active protocol are asked to delay submission after Thursday, Oct. 21, until Monday, Nov. 1. Email Julia Mays or call (269) 387-8293 for questions.

GrantForward resource available
A reminder that an excellent resource for funding searches to support research and creative scholarship, GrantForward, is available. If you already have an account and filters applied, we encourage you to map out your proposal timeline. Share promising funding opportunities with your research officer. They’ll be happy to help you with a successful submission.

Libraries to host ‘skills week’ in November
Advanced skills and new tools can take your research to the next level. Join University Libraries Monday through Friday, Nov. 15 to 19, for Library Skills Week, a free workshop series that will help you enhance your skills to make your research more efficient and effective.

The series will feature introductory and advanced workshops including data cleaning, citation management, finding publishing opportunities and more. Register for sessions or share with your colleagues and students.

Research and travel grants deadline approaching
As a reminder from the Graduate College, the Graduate Student Research Grant (GSRG) and the Graduate Student Travel/Virtual Grant (GSTG) deadline is Wednesday, Oct. 27, at 5 p.m.

WMUx OLLI Teaching Fellow program announced
WMUx, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and the Graduate College announced a professional development opportunity for doctoral students. This opportunity includes working with the WMUx Office of Faculty Development and WMUx instructional designers to propose a short course up to four sessions on a topic related to their research that will be delivered during the spring 2022 semester as part of the OLLI curriculum.

OLLI affords community members age 55 and older the chance to attend University-oriented enrichment courses on a wide variety of topics. Doctoral students must apply online by Friday, Oct. 29. Those selected to participate will attend orientation and lesson-planning workshops via WebEx in late November or early December.

In spring 2022, participants will edit their lesson plans with assistance from WMUx, practice their delivery and offer the course sometime between March and July 2022. Doctoral student participants will be able to use their WMUx OLLI Teaching Fellow experience as the basis for a Signature designation on their transcript and will receive a $300 award to be used for course, research or travel expenses. Email Dr. Gwen Tarbox, director of the WMUx Office of Faculty Development, with questions.