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Resources

This page includes various resources to help you find funding success. New resources are added regularly.

Funding Accounts

NSF FastLane Account

FastLane is a website developed by the National Science Foundation to facilitate the exchange of information and transactions between NSF and the research community.

To obtain access to FastLane, contact the Office of Sponsored Programs pre-award staff and provide the following information:

  • Name (first, last and middle initial)
  • Department
  • Degree type and year (specify what area the degree is in and list the campus address, email, business phone and fax number)
If you are relocating from another institution and already have a FastLane ID, provide OSP with that ID along with the above information. After OSP registers your ID with WVU, you can update your profile to reflect your affiliation.

NIH eRA Commons Account

The eRA Commons is an online interface created by the National Institutes of Health where researchers can access and share information relating to research grants.

To obtain access to eRA Commons, send an email request to Janet Boyles and provide the following information:

  • Name (first, last and middle initial)
  • Email address
Your login information will be provided by OSP, and your password will be provided by NIH.

Grant Opportunities

Grants available for technology integration

Teaching and Learning Commons offers grants to faculty who want to integrate an emerging educational technology in the classroom or adapt an existing technology in an innovative way to enhance student learning. This is open to full-time faculty at all WVU campuses. There will be six grants (up to $2,000 each) awarded. The deadline to submit the online application has been extended to Friday, May 6. The winning proposals will be announced at the Celebrate! expo on May 11. Details can be found at the Teaching and Learning Commons site.

OnPAR

The Online Partnership to Accelerate Research is an NIH application review portal co-created by the NIH and Leidos, a defense, engineering and health contractor. OnPAR allows researchers to submit unsuccessful NIH applications (ranked in the 30th percentile) to an online portal for small business or nonprofit funders to review and potentially fund. While OnPar is still in its pilot stages, it looks to be a promising source for second-chance funding, particularly for younger researchers. Earning funding from a smaller organization may allow a researcher to begin their proposed project or to strengthen their science and gain experience, potentially making them more competitive should they choose to reapply to NIH or another larger federal agency.

WVU Facilities

WVU Core Arboretum

WVU's Core Arboretum is a 91-acre plot of land located along Monongahela Boulevard beside the WVU Coliseum (across from WVU’s Evansdale campus). The Arboretum contains three miles of walking trails that wind through old-growth forests, open lawns, hillsides and bottomlands. The Arboretum is managed by the WVU Department of Biology and is regularly used for faculty and student research. The Arboretum is open to visitors at any time and hosts seasonal public events. It is available for group use upon request.

WVU Art Museum

The Art Museum at WVU is located beside the Creative Arts Center on WVU’s Evansdale campus. The Museum includes 5,400 square feet of gallery space devoted to its permanent collection, a collection research and study room, a collection storage area and a 25-seat technology classroom. The state-of-the-art facility is built to all temperature, humidity and light level codes required for art display and preservation. The Art Museum offers a host of resources including a teacher institute for middle and high school art, English, and social studies teachers, by-appointment collection studies and digital reproduction rights (stipulations apply).  The Art Museum is also connected to the Museum Education Center. The MEC is largely devoted to office space, but its Grand Hall can be rented for lectures and performances and more rental space is slated to be available in the future.

WVU Collaborations

Adventure WV

Adventure WV offers a series of student-focused adventure education programs to help ease the adjustment to college, enhance career success, and support general student well-being. Adventure WV coordinates orientation experiences, outdoor education center experiences, international trips and recreation gear rentals. Much of their programming includes a credit-earning educational or service component, providing an opportunity for collaboration regarding broader impacts or education portions of grants. Adventure WV has also been included on NSF REU grants awarded to WVU.

WVU ADVANCE

WVU ADVANCE is an NSF-funded initiative committed to improving the recruitment, retention and advancement of women in STEM at WVU. Originally a partnership between the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences and the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, WVU ADVANCE has expanded to provide the entire University community with a supportive environment that promotes success for women faculty in STEM disciplines. WVU ADVANCE has a variety of resources departmental use and well as personal use.

WVUCE-STEM

The WVU Center for Excellence in STEM Education is directed by Gay Stewart, Eberly professor of STEM Education. The center connects STEM faculty across departments and colleges to facilitate education-focused projects in areas such as STEM teacher preparation, robotics and environmental research. These partnerships allow faculty to connect with individuals or groups pursuing similar projects and to take advantage of resources outside of their own department or college. WVUCE-STEM also supports grant-funded projects, including the current WVUteach partnership between the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Education and Human Resources.

WVCTSI

The West Virginia Clinical and Translational Science Institute is a research partnership between West Virginia University, Charleston Area Medical Center, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and West Virginia United Health Systems that facilitates research on cancer, cardiovascular disease and stroke and obesity-related diseases. WVCTSI facilitates both in-state and out-of-state research collaborations, and can provide faculty with resources including biostatistics, clinical informatics and various pilot funding mechanisms. Current programs include the Clinical Trials Research Unit; Ethics, Regulatory Knowledge and Support; and the Clinical and Translational Pilot Grants Program. The WVCTSI is based in the WVU Health Sciences Center.

WVU Health Sciences Innovation Center

The WVU Health Sciences Innovation Center is a recent addition to the University research community (launched in April 2016). The center provides biomedical laboratory space for faculty, staff, students and business professionals to launch start-up commercial projects in the life sciences. Located within the Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Center on the Health Sciences Campus, the center currently hosts two start-up companies: CereDx, which will market a finger-prick blood test that detects strokes, and Modulation Theraputics, which is developing drugs to target metastasis-causing cancer tumors. As the center grows, more start-up companies will be developed. 

Developing Your Scholarly Presence

SciENcv

SciENcv (Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae) is an online researcher profile system used to consolidate researchers’ professional information for use in federal funding applications. SciENcv pulls data from other systems and acts as a personal repository, allowing users to edit and consolidate their professional and academic information. Researchers can then create biosketches that can be included with any application package, rather than having to re-enter their information each time they apply for an award. 

ResearchGate

ResearchGate is a social networking platform that allows academic, corporate and individual researchers to share publications, interact and collaborate with other scholars, view citations and other statistics, and more. ResearchGate accounts are free, and the interface functions much like other professional social networking sites. In addition to being a collaboration tool, ResearchGate can help increase your scholarly visibility.

Research Tools

Verbal Ink

Verbal Ink provides transcription, translation, writing, localization and subtitling services. Academic projects are eligible for a discounted rate.

Statistical Consulting Services

The Department of Statistics, in collaboration with the Office of Graduate Education and Life, offers statistical consulting services for WVU faculty and students from all disciplines. Services include advice for all phases of the quantitative research process, including question formulation, research design, data collection, data analysis, and interpretation of results. Statistical consulting is available on a walk-in basis and by appointment.

Proposal Resources

User-Friendly Handbook for Project Evaluation

The User-Friendly Handbook for Project Evaluation provides project directors and PIs with a guide for evaluating NSF educational projects.