Grants and Contracts
Western Washington University is strongly committed to the idea that research and teaching are mutually complimentary features of higher education. This is confirmed by the administration's promotion of university scholarly activities by the enhanced support for faculty development through increased funding for research grants-in-aid, mini-grants, pilot projects and other similar programs.
The university's system for grant and contract administration is through the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs(RSP). The RSP administers externally funded grants and contracts at WWU and reports to the vice-provost for research and dean of the graduate school. This office reviews and approves all proposals for external fundings, serves as WWU's negotiating and executing office for sponsored program activity, interprets the regulatory and contractual administrative requirements, and ensures those requirements are met.
The RSP is also responsible for maintaining the accounting records for sponsored programs and for preparing financial reports for submission to the sponsoring agency. University, as well as sponsoring agency, policies and procedures provide the guidelines for making expenditures from all sources of funds. The Banner Finance System (BFS) forms the official accounting records of the university. Each account within the BFS has an assigned budget authority, usually the principal investigator, who is responsible for controlling daily program and fiscal activity. For each account there is also a fiscal officer who monitors the account for compliance with university and sponsor policy and provides financial statements to the sponsoring agency. Policies and procedures are detailed in the "Western Washington University Grant Director's Manual".
The developing, implementing, and reporting of projects are the responsibility of the principal investigator, although each respective department sanctions the research as appropriate. Various policies and procedures are in place to ensure compliance with legal, ethical, and professional standards. All protocols for human subjects experimentation must be approved by the Human Subjects Committee, and all protocols for animal experimentation must be approved by the Animal Care and Use Committee.
Sponsored research has steadily increased over the past 30+ years of the RSP's existence. The most recent figures may be found at: http://www.wwu.edu/depts/RSP/grantchart.pdf.