Skip to main content Skip to navigation

RA and 10K competition

Honors Hall
Honors College Lounge
View location in Google Maps

About the event

Join the Office of Research for our third annual Research Week! This year, featured events include competitions for seed and travel funding, matchmaking flash talks, and workshops for faculty and graduate students. We will announce competition winners and recognize research achievements by faculty and staff during an awards ceremony and reception. All are welcome to come and take advantage of professional development and networking opportunities.

The Office of Research and the Graduate School are pleased to announce a new seed grant to provide faculty with the opportunity to explore 1) a new line of research or 2) research at the intersection of disciplines. This program will support the pursuit of a new and innovative research idea that leads to extramural funding, or scholarly achievement as recognized by your field. Awardee will receive $10,000 and/or a doctoral level Research Assistantship (RA) for the calendar year 2020 (Spring and Fall semesters). The award will be made through a competitive proposal process, which will consist of a written application followed by a public presentation during WSU Research Week 2019 (October 21-25).


WSU faculty members in any discipline may serve as principal investigator or team member.


Application due September 24 5 p.m.
Research Week Presentations October 23 10 a.m.
Awards Announced October 24 3 p.m.

Award Details

An award of $10,000 and a two-semester, non-renewable Research Assistantship will be awarded to support an individual faculty or collaborative team with a new research project. The RA will be limited to step 48.* The awarded project may be a stand-alone effort, or it may be used to gather preliminary data to explore in a new area of research

*If the graduate program typically funds RAs at a higher step, the unit is expected to fund the difference between the higher step and step 48.

Application Instructions

Applications are due September 24, at 5 p.m. An interdisciplinary evaluation panel will review the written applications.

The written application must include the following. All character counts include spaces:

  • Research Question/Project Overview (5000 characters) – Define the major research question to be addressed by the project.
  • Significance (3000 characters) – Describe the project’s impact on the discipline and/or to the public.
  • Innovation (3000 characters) – Identify the new methods, approaches, or other inventive elements of the research project. Describe how the project is unique within the field.
  • Plan of Execution (3000 characters) – Describe the approach, tasks, general timeline, and expected outcomes for the project. Include any special facilities, equipment, or other resources that will be used for the project.
  • RA Involvement (2000 characters) – Describe the unique training and research opportunities provided to the RA associated with the proposed project.

Include a two-page biographical sketch or CV for the PI(s).

Public Presentation

During Research Week 2019, the lead PI will make a public presentation to a general WSU audience and the review panel. The presentation should convey the essence of the written application to a non-specialist, multi-disciplinary audience. A short question and answer period will follow. With input from the audience, the review panel will select the most promising and compelling project to receive the award.

Note: Presentations may be limited based on number of written applications received. The Office of Research will contact applicants with further instructions after September 24.

The winning project will be announced during the Research Week reception and awards ceremony on October 24.

Evaluation Criteria

A multi-disciplinary faculty review panel will evaluate both the written proposal and public presentation using the below criteria.
Criteria Weight
Research question is well-defined.   .20
Project is of significance to discipline and/or has public impact.   .20
Project shows innovation or originality.   .20
Plan of execution is reasonable and feasible within two semesters.   .20
Project has potential to contribute to RA’s professional and academic development in a meaningful manner.   .20

Award Terms and Conditions

  • The RA must complete the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training prior to spring semester 2020.
  • If the research activities include human subjects, animals, and/or biosafety activities, the protocol letter of approval must be submitted to the Office of Research before funds can be released.
  • Assistantships are funded for two semesters (Spring and Fall 2020).
  • Awardees may be asked to present at Research Week and/or Faculty Showcase following the project’s completion.
  • A proposal directly related to the seed grant project must be submitted to an external funding source no more than six (6) months after the award period ends. Alternatively, if the project does not lead to fundable research the awardee must show evidence of significant scholarly achievement.
  • Awardees must submit a final report to the Office of Research and Graduate School no later than six (6) months after end of the award period. The report must include an assessment of the award’s impact on both the PI’s research program and the individual RA’s academic development in order to allow the university to evaluate the effectiveness of the program. It should document project goals, activities, and outcomes as well as any publications, presentations, exhibitions, media coverage, sales or marketing, projects, papers, proposals/awards or other accomplishments that resulted from this support.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please submit any questions to ORAP by email at or by phone at 335-7266 or the Graduate school by email at or by phone at 335-5859.

For more information about Research Week, visit