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Research Resources

Centers, Institutes and Laboratories

The University supports centers, institutes, and laboratories (CILs), organized by faculty members around specific research topics. CILs connect researchers with similar interests, provide needed common instruments, and coordinate pertinent colloquia and lecture series. WSU has 36 Faculty-Senate approved CILs, including the Center for Reproductive Biology; the Center for Sustaining Agriculture; the Laboratory for Atmospheric Research; the Institute of Biological Chemistry; the Center for Environmental Research, Extension and Outreach; the Institute for Shock Physics; the Washington Institute for Mental Illness Research and Training; and the Thomas S. Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service.


The WSU Libraries have a core collection of more than 2.2 million volumes and currently subscribe to approximately 30,000 periodicals and journals. In addition, the Libraries belong to a number of consortia, including the Orbis-Cascade Alliance, which allows quick, free access to materials held in Washington and Oregon libraries. The main library on the Pullman Campus, the Holland Terrell Library, is located on Terrell Mall.  Several satellite Libraries, including the Owen Science and Engineering Library, also serve the Pullman Campus. Each of the other campuses has its own Library, but all of our libraries use the Griffin online catalog. Students and faculty at the other campuses have access to the print collections in Pullman through this catalogue and the libraries’ courier service. The other campuses also enjoy access to most of the electronic resources licensed through the Pullman campus. Many library faculty members extend the unit’s boundaries and send information to users through wikis, blogs, RSS feeds, and podcasts.

Office of Research Operations and Support

OROS, a subunit of the Office of Research, promotes and facilitates the procurement of external funding by assisting in identifying funding opportunities, interacting with potential funding agencies, and providing education and training on pre- and post-award topics. OROS is also the centralized proposal submission and awards processing unit.

Office of Intellectual Property Administration (OIPA)

OIPA works in conjunction with the Washington State University Research Foundation (WSURF) which is a non-profit Washington corporation whose mission is to facilitate the efficient transfer of technology, proprietary information, and inventions from Washington State University (WSU) to the private sector thus benefiting University, the inventors and society.

Office of Research

The Office of Research implements the WSU Strategic Plan related to “achieving national and international preeminence in innovation, discovery, and creativity.” It conducts several internal grant competitions including a seed grant competition for new faculty members. It also organizes trips for faculty members to meet with administrators at granting agencies in New York and Washington, D.C. The Office of Research also oversees units that assist faculty members in the conduct of their research and scholarship. These administrative support units  include the Office of the Campus Veterinarian, Office of Grant and Research Development, Office of Research Assurances (IRB, IACUC, IBC, COI), and the Radiation Safety Office.  In addition, the Social and Economic Sciences Research Center, Nuclear Radiation Center, and Water Research Center report to the Office of Research.

Seed Grants for New Faculty

The Office of Research holds a yearly competition for seed-money grants for assistant professors or the equivalent, hired within the last 3 years. Applicants submit a proposal for up to $20,000 over 15 months to support their scholarly, creative, or research programs. Those who receive funding submit a final report, develop a grant proposal for external funding, and present the supported work. The deadline for these grants is in the spring semester.  For more information, please contact the Office of Research Operations and Support.

Start-up Funds

The University provides competitive start-up packages to new faculty members. Start ups are negotiated on an individual basis at the time of hire. Dollar amounts vary across fields depending on the costs required to develop a competitive program of scholarship or research.