Research Week.

RA & $10k

Sponsored by the Office of Research

The 5th annual RA & 10k Seed Grant Competition provides faculty with the opportunity to explore a new line of research or pursue an established research question through a new inter-or multi-disciplinary approach or partnership. This program will support the pursuit of research ideas and projects that lead to extramural funding or achievements in scholarly or creative practice as recognized by your field. Awardees will receive $10,000 and funding for a graduate research assistantship for one-semester starting Spring 2024. The award will be made through a competitive proposal process, which will consist of a written application followed by a short public presentation during WSU Research Week 2023 (October 16).

Public Presentations Event

Join in to support your colleagues competing for an RA & $10k Seed Grant and to hear about exciting research!

Time and Place

10:00 – 11:00, October 16, 2023, via Zoom.


PresenterProposal Title
Nate LawA New Model to Decipher the Sperm Histone Code
Xinghui ZhaoAutomated Monitoring of Individualized Cardiac State of Health with a Wearable Multimodal Sensor System
Lisa ShipleyPick your poison: The role of microbiome in the ability of deer to tolerate toxic plant chemicals
Wei PengDeveloping and testing messages for an emotion regulation intervention to increase colorectal cancer screening in U.S. rural populations
Andrei SmertenkoImproving Embolism Resiliency in Grasses for Biofuel Production Under Marginal Environments
Anne Marie GuerrettazTribal Languages Teacher Development: Regional Critical Action Research and WSU Capacity Building
Alan GoodmanInsulin-mediated immunity to West Nile virus infection
Pilar FernandezCharacterizing the risk of rodent-borne and rodent associated diseases in agroecosystems in eastern Washington

Submission Deadline

5:00 pm, September 25, 2023

Application Components

  • Research Question/Project Overview (5000 characters) — Define the major research question or topic to be addressed by the project.
  • Significance/Impact (3000 characters) — Describe the project’s positive impact on the discipline, to a specific community/ies, and/or to the public or a sector of the public. Please be specific and provide examples as necessary.
  • Innovation, Collaboration or Adaptation (3000 characters) — Identify any new methods, approaches, strategic collaborations, inventive or adaptive elements of the research project. Describe how the project is unique within the field or extends on growing, impactful research.
  • Scope of Work (3000 characters) — Describe the approach, tasks, timeline, activities, and expected outcomes for the project. Include any special facilities, equipment, partnerships, or other resources that will be used for the project.
  • RA Involvement (2000 characters) — Describe the specific training and research opportunities provided to the RA associated with the proposed project.
  • Biographical Sketch or CV (2 pages max.) — Provide a brief CV or biographical sketch for the PI and any co-PIs.
  • Budget Justification — Provide a general description of anticipated expenses along with brief justifications.

  • WSU faculty members in any discipline and rank that includes a research appointment may serve as principal investigator or team member.
  • PI must work with their finance manager to have the funds transferred from the Office of Research by December 1, 2023.

Application Due*5:00 pm, September 25, 2023
Research Week PresentationsOctober 17, 2023
Award AnnouncementOctober 19, 2023
Award RecognizedOctober 20, 2023
Funds Transfer DeadlineDecember 1, 2023

*An earlier due date was circulated in prior communications. The date listed here is correct.

Two awards will be given. Each award will include $10,000 and a one-semester, non-renewable Research Assistantship to support individual faculty or collaborative teams. The funds will be processed by the PI’s home department. The RA will be limited to step 48.*

*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.

During Research Week 2023, the lead PI will make a 3–5 minute public presentation to a general WSU audience and the review panel. The pitch should convey the core ideas, purpose, and expected benefits of the proposed activity to a non-specialist, multi-disciplinary audience. A short question and answer period will follow. The review panel will select the most promising and compelling project to receive the award/s.

Note: Based on number of written applications received, applicants may be shortlisted for the public presentation. The Office of Research will contact applicants with further instructions after September 19.

The successful projects will be announced on October 19 and recognized during the Research Week awards ceremony on October 20.

A multi-disciplinary faculty review panel will evaluate both the written proposal and public presentation using the below criteria.

Research question is well-defined.0.20
Project is of significance to discipline and/or has public/community impact.0.20
Project shows innovation, positive collaboration or originality.0.20
Plan of execution is reasonable and feasible within two semesters.0.20
Project has potential to contribute to RA’s professional and academic development in a meaningful manner.0.20

  • The RA must complete the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training prior to spring semester 2024.
  • 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 Spring 2024.
  • 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 12 months after the award period ends, or the awardee must show evidence of significant scholarly or creative practice 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. 

  • How can the $10k funds be used? The $10,000 can be used for almost any expense directly related to the proposed project during calendar year 2024. However, subawards/subcontracts (see below) and conference travel are not allowed. Additionally, any requested faculty salary must be well justified, confirming the need for their time to be covered by this grant funding.
  • How detailed does the budget justification need to be? The budget justification portion of the proposal can be a general description of anticipated expenses (e.g. “Travel – $2,000 for our collaborator at TAMU to travel to WSU for planning activities.” or “Salaries – $5,000 in summer salaries for the lead PI to coordinate and oversee the planning process.”). It does not have to be detailed in the same manner as an NSF, NIH, or other federal budget proposal.
  • Can the grant include subawards/subcontracts to external collaborators? No. The money for this grant comes from state funds, which do not allow the establishment of subawards/ subcontracts with outside entities. Grant funds may be used to support a travel stipend or other expenses in support of an external collaboration, but no salary or benefits can be paid to non-WSU employees.
  • Can the graduate student/RA be PI for this funding competition? No, while the RA must be well integrated into the proposed project, the end goal of this completion is to provide faculty with the resources to advance their research program by pursuing a new area of research. As such, only faculty are allowed to be lead PI.
  • Should the Research Assistantship be accounted for in the budget? Yes, please include the cost of the research assistantship in your budget. If the cost of your RA is greater than Step 48, describe how the additional cost will be covered.


Please submit any questions to the Office of Research Advancement and Partnerships (