Office of

Research Support and Operations


Be responsive to the needs of WSU and its faculty associated with their research, scholarly, creative, and service activities.


Stay at the forefront of Research Support and Operations to advance WSU's research mission.


Be responsive.

Core Roles and Responsibilities

  1. Proposal and Award Processing
    • ORSO is the central hub for all submitted proposals and award acceptance across the WSU system related to federal and non-federal sponsored activities.
  2. Strategic Initiative Implementation
    • ORSO leads and supports the implementation of the 120-Day Study, WSU Strategic Plan (Institutional Effectiveness Council - Theme 1), and other OR initiatives.
  3. Faculty Support and Online Tools
    • ORSO implements programs that serve the needs of the faculty managing their extramural proposals and awards.
  4. Other University and Office of Research Administration and Support


  1. Proposal and Award Processing

    Support Proposal Development; Review & Authorize Proposals
    • Budget preparation & review
    • Provide guidance on RFPs /help with forms
    • Review and submission of proposal and follow-up requests to sponsor
    • Tracking & monitoring of proposal status
    Negotiate Contracts & Accept Awards
    • Review and negotiate sponsored project agreements and amendments to external sponsors
    • Review and negotiate contractual language for compliance with University policies and procedures - Intellectual Property, Data Ownership, Publication, Indemnification, Export Controls, Confidentiality, and other problematic clauses.
    • Liaison between WSU and sponsoring organizations for F&A issues, including University F&A waiver review and approval
    • Prepare & Execute Other Standard Agreements & Contracts
    • Draft various subawards & subcontracts
    • Material transfer, non-disclosure, no-money, equipment loan agreements, etc.
    • Process all fully executed agreements to Sponsored Programs Services for account set-up
    Certify & assure University adherence to federal, state, University, and other non-federal policies
    • US Code of Federal Regulations and other federal regulations
    • OMB and Uniform Guidance
    • Revised Code of Washington (Title 28B)
    • WSU Business Policies & Procedures Manual
    • WSU's Faculty Manual
    • WSU Executive Policy Manual
    Monitor and support for ongoing sponsored project activity
    • Work with SPS to allocate or request changes and additional materials from sponsor
    • Review and submit annual progress reports
    • Oversight of overdue faculty progress reports
    • Advise faculty, staff & grad students on these functions and activities
    Support Training and Outreach
    • HRS Research Administrators Series and other ad hoc trainings/workshops
    • Budget certification training
    • MyResearch Database and online support tool training
    • SPA Conferences
    • Lead Monthly Research Administrators Meetings (and listserv)

  2. Strategic Initiative Implementation

    120 Day Study
    1. 19 major recommendations
    2. Over 70 sub-recommendations
    3. Grand Challenge growth and tracking
    WSU Strategic Plan
    1. 5 major research recommendations
    2. 20 sub-recommendations
    3. WSU Research Council
    4. WSU Institutional Effectiveness Council Partnership
    OR Initiatives
    1. VPR directed initiatives that impact the WSU research enterprise

  3. Faculty Support and Online Tools

    Evaluate and implement programs that support faculty extramural activity system wide. ORSO engages University processes to ensure research is supported.

    MyResearch Database:
    PI Dashboard
    1. Forecasting
    2. Audit/post-award compliance tracking
    3. Additional access for other accounts, 17A, 148-02, etc.
    4. Base for creating post-award activities, e.g. Expense credit
    eREX Form
    1. Online version coming
    1. Ad hoc reports, many for other Office of Research units (ORAP, ORA, etc.)
    2. o President/Provost Office requests o Government and State Relations requests o University Communications requests o Institutional Research requests o Urban campus requests o College/Unit specific requests o Public Records requests o Working with media representatives o Working with consultants

  4. Other University and Office of Research Administration and Support

    1. Faculty Senate Research and Arts Committee
    2. Event Support for Office of Research Activities
    3. ITSAC Committees
    4. Capital Project Process Improvement Committee and Other
    5. Capital Budgeting Committee
    6. Conflict of Interest Committee
    7. Intellectual Property Committee
    8. Audit Steering Committee
    9. WSU Investment Review Committee
    10. Risk Management Committee
    11. Pac-12 "Student-Athlete Health and Well-Being" Grant and Fellowship Program Steering Committee

Original Office of Grant and Research Development (OGRD) Mission Statement (OGRD became ORSO in 2015):

WSU's Office of Research Support and Operations (ORSO) was established in 1972 with the mission of assisting the university's faculty and graduate students in securing extramural support for their scholarly, research, teaching, and community service activities.   ORSO promotes and facilitates the procurement of grant and contract funding.

Office of Research Support and Operations
Lighty 280, PO Box 641060
Washington State University, Pullman WA 99164-1060
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