OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND SPONSORED PROGRAMS | 3
Dear Researchers,
What a fantastic and exciting year! Awards received during FY16 set a new record, with support for research and
other sponsored projects topping $16.4 million. This total is $1 million more than the previous record set in FY10.
In addition to seeing our highest numbers ever, we entered a new age with respect to the types of funding and pro-
jects. The three new awards highlighted below and on the following pages exemplify this new era of research at
WFU:
First ever U01 (Cooperative Agreement) from NIH A study team, lead by Steve Messier, Health and Exercise Sci-
ence, will receive $6 million over 5 years to investigate the effects of diet and exercise on knee osteoarthritis.
First award from USAID Miles Silman, Biology and the Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability, and
his collaborators received the $2.5 million cooperative agreement, along with cash and in-kind contributions from
other partners, to establish a research center in Peru.
The largest social sciences grant in the history of WFU Will Fleeson, Psychology, and a multi-disciplinary faculty
team were awarded $3.9 million from the Templeton Religion Trust for their project to study the morally exception-
al and improving moral character.
If you submitted a proposal in FY16 you know our campus is now using Cayuse SP and 424 to help prepare, route,
and submit them. The response to Cayuse has been overwhelmingly positive. Time needed for the routing and ap-
proval process has decreased and proposals can be reviewed and approved anywhere the user has internet access. In
the near future all of our proposal and award data will be maintained on-line. The implementation of Cayuse, com-
bined with all the other electronic processes ORSP has adopted over the years, has resulted in a significant resource
savings. As a result of this savings we applied for and received a Champions of Change Resource Conservation
Waste Reduction Award in spring 2016.
Our big staffing news in FY16 was the retirement of long-time ORSP editor extraordinaire, Julie Edelson. Julie is
missed at our regular staff meetings but she hopes to help out with special editing requests as her travel schedule al-
lows. I continued serving on the Board of Directors for the Research Administrator’s Certification Council and pre-
sented at the National Council of University Research Administrator’s Financial Research Administrator’s meeting.
Pam Moser renewed her Certified IRB Professional (CIP) credential. Mark Woodard, Health and Exercise Science,
became the first Certified Research Administrator outside ORSP- congratulations, Mark!
Sincerely,
Lori Messer, CRA
Director
From The Director
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