Research Workshops by Appointment

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The Office of Research and Innovation is now piloting “Research Workshops by Appointment” for all faculty and staff.  Below are some of the most frequently requested topics and recorded workshops. We are also happy to work with you to create a research workshop designed to fit your needs and schedule.  Most workshops are 30 to 60 minutes depending on the time available or the detail needed. Specify when and where your group would like ORI to present one of the workshops and we will do our best to accommodate your request.  Please contact Kay Mortellaro with questions or to schedule a workshop.

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Introduction to ORI

Learn about the office, the services we offer and who to call with questions.

Finding Funding

Learn about the tools available to WMU faculty and staff for conducting funding searches and get tips on how to use them effectively.

Early Career Funding : Explore the Early Career Research funding opportunities for faculty at the early stages of their research careers. Programs are highlighted from several sponsors including the USDE, DOJ, NIH, NSF and DOD.  View January 25, 2021  Presentationhandout, and recording.

Funding for the Humanities and Humanities-Related Social Sciences : Katherine Kelly from Academic Research Funding Services discussed the ins and outs of applying to the NEH, NSF and other organizations that fund research and creative scholarship in the arts and humanities. October 19, 2020 Presentation and recording (viewable through April 2021).

Applying to the Department of Defense Agencies : Lucy Deckard from Academic Research Funding Services joined us to discuss pursuing funding from the Department of Defense. She showed steps to identify DOD funding opportunities and program officers, how to approach program officers, writing proposals and where to find more sources of information about the DOD. View the February 22, 2021 Presentation and recording (accessible through August 2021).

Appointments on Grants

Learn about the what, how and when to appoint personnel on grants - a great session for faculty and department administrators.  March 22, 2021 presentation and recording.

Research Discovery (RD) Training August 27, 2020: Resources and information relevant to graduate students including research compliance and funding resources.

Project Budgets and Justifications

Learn how to develop successful project budgets and budget justifications. This workshop also includes how to navigate WMU internal prior approval process (PAF).

Data Management Planning

Whether you’re writing a data management plan as part of a grant or just want to get ahead on planning for a new project, this workshop will help you explore your data needs through questions and example material.  September 21, 2020 recorded presentation and access to materials.

Research Compliance

IRB Basics-Overview of the Institutional Review Board and human subject research.
IRB Process-Tips for preparing an IRB protocol and common mistakes that delay approval.

Intellectual Property at WMU

A description of the process for disclosure of inventions and creations (intellectual property-IP) to WMU and the process for analysis of the IP for patentability and commercial potential.  What is done in Technology and Innovation Advancement (TIA) and is needed from the inventors/creators to evaluate the IP.

Commercialization of Intellectual Property at WMU

After the patent process has been initiated and/or completed, faculty inventions are provided support by the Technology and Innovation Advancement (TIA) office and OVPR.  The types of support available are described and the impact of this support on commercialization of the tech is presented.

Submission Portals

FastLane,, eRA Commons and Workspace are some examples of online systems for proposal preparation, submissions, status information, revisions, award and reporting functions.  Learn how to get access to these systems and how to navigate around them.


Grant success requires an intentional strategy and a whole lot of grit and determination. Persistence and patience is key. Vice President Terri Goss Kinzy and Dr. Heather Petcovic discussed how to interpret reviews, the decision to resubmit and how to address reviewer comments.  View November 16, 2020 presentation and  recording.

GLOW for Grants

This information will assist you with understanding how to review your budget and expenditures on GLOW for your grant account.


Kay Mortellaro
(269) 387-8204
Research Development Administrator