The primary objective of the CEHS Research Office is to significantly increase faculty productivity and success in the procurement of externally funded grants that support the research priorities of the College. Achieving this objective will: contribute to WVU’s goal to attain Very High Research status; enhance the reputation of the College; and, promote faculty research aims.
Several activities and programs in support of faculty grants productivity are considered to be very high priorities, including the following:
- Hiring tenure track faculty members who can advance the research mission of CEHS.
- Providing support to CEHS faculty through seed grants, mentoring programs, research training and grant writing workshops, formal recognitions of faculty successes, and partial return of indirect funds to principal investigators.
- Arranging meetings with grant agency program officers (Washington, DC).
- Identifying external peer reviewers to preview grant proposals.
- Providing pre- and post-award support for grants and budget management.
WVU Statement on Faculty Research
Faculty members at West Virginia University have an obligation and responsibility to conduct research. A significant component of WVU’s land-grant mission includes gathering and analyzing data and then contributing this analysis to inform the discussion and understanding of various issues affecting the lives of West Virginians and others around the world.
Research conducted at WVU is data-driven, objective and independent. It is not influenced by any political agenda, business priority, funding source or popular opinion.
The research findings of WVU faculty and scholars are subject to intense review and challenge by academic peers – including review of data sources, methods and analysis – consistent with widely accepted practices of academic research in higher education.
Engaging in a rigorous protocol, WVU faculty and scholars can, and often do, reach varying and sometimes divergent conclusions when studying and testing similar data. Their work, however, is always informed and protected by the academic freedom that ensures the ability to choose and conduct research unfettered by bias, outside influence or external agendas.