ORED Quarterly Newsletter: Fall 2007 Volume 1, Issue 1
    Events and Workshops   Sponsored Programs   Technology Transfer   Recognition Awards   SBDC    
Events and Workshops

Twelve federal agencies offer 2.5 billion dollars in grants under the umbrella of Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer Research (STTR). The goal of this program is to support competitive grants for technology development and commercialization. To educate the WKU community and the private sector entrepreneurs and business owners, the ORED along with the Kentucky Science & Technology Corporation and South Central Kentucky’s Innovation and Commercialization Center (ICC) co-sponsored an SBIR/STTR proposal development workshop. An all day workshop was held on September 20th at the ICC. To learn more about this program you may call the ORED at 270-745-6733.

In collaboration with Graduate Studies & Research, ORED and OSP are organizing a faculty networking forum “INTERDISCIPLINARY Knowledge Interface.” The event is designed to bring colleagues from various disciplines and colleges together to encourage the exchange of ideas and research interests and to facilitate inter- and multidisciplinary collaborations. The first event will be held on October 31, 2007 in the Engineering and Biological Sciences Building in room 2134. The event will start with a social hour followed by a presentation to stimulate a dialogue. Please join us for fellowship and getting to know other colleagues from other colleges at WKU. If you plan to attend, please call us at 270-745-6733 so that we may make appropriate arrangements to accommodate all participants.

In collaboration with other partners ORED is organizing a networking forum, the “BUSINESS NEXUS,” for private sector entrepreneurs, existing businesses, the university community and service providers at the ICC on October 30, 2007. The social hour starts at 3:30 p.m. followed by a presentation by a successful CEO and a Q & A session. To learn more about this event or to register please call ORED at 270-745-6733.

The OSP and the ORED offer a series of workshops on proposal and budget development, grant award administration, compliance issues related to grants, intellectual property protection, patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets, and the  technology transfer process. All workshops are offered free-of-charge to faculty and staff. To learn more about upcoming workshops, please click here to see the list.

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Sponsored Programs
Grant Awards in FY06

Congratulations to faculty and staff members who have made it possible for WKU to successfully receive external grant or contract awards in the past. Because of your hard work WKU enjoys an excellent standing among the Kentucky Universities as well as among our peer institutions. In FY06 WKU ranked number three in Kentucky after UK and UofL, and as the bar chart below shows, in FY06 WKU ranked number two among peer institutions in external award dollars. Even though a number of these peer institutions, including Wichita State University offer Ph.D. degrees. We are also not far behind in internal grant awards to encourage research, creative and scholarly activities. We appreciate everyone's efforts in creating opportunities for our students for hands-on experience. Please note for some institutions data was not available, therefore it is not reflected in the bar charts.

Proposal Development
During opening ceremonies, WKU President Gary Ransdell cited tuition dollars, state funds, federal appropriations, sponsored research and private support as revenue streams necessary to achieve our strategic goals and objectives.  The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) helps faculty and staff submit grant proposals to federal and state agencies, and also partners with the Office of Institutional Advancement to secure grant dollars from private foundations.  Writing proposals for private sponsors often differs from writing for federal and state support.  For Tips on Enhancing Proposals for Private Funding, click here:  (First time users, enter "wku" as username and "information" as password; click on archive for May 14, 2007 edition of GrantWeek)
With the joy of receiving a grant award comes the responsibility of compliance with the terms and obligations of the award contract.  When the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) accepts an award on behalf of a faculty or staff, the institution is accountable to the sponsor.  Some of the responsibilities include spending the sponsor's budget only on approved items, working to meet stated project goals and objectives, and working within the time frame outlined in the award document.  As a Principal Investigator (PI) or Project Director (PD), it is important to understand the terms and conditions of the grant award.  Before accepting any award, the PI or PD should read through the award document and the Responsibilities and Accountability form that will accompany the award.  For questions on this form or on grant compliance, contact the Office of Sponsored Programs at (270) 745-4652.
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Technology Transfer Notes & Notables
Intellectual Property: You mean there are legal ownership rights to ideas and know-how?

This is the first in a series of “Technology Transfer Notes & Notables.” Here we are focusing on what Intellectual Property (IP) means and how ownership rights are established. Future notes in this series will address questions related to patents, copyrights, trademarks, and other aspects related to the transfer of IP to the private sector.

Before we talk about the ownership rights, it is important to talk about what we mean by Intellectual Property (IP). Intellectual property is the knowledge base in various tangible forms that has some usefulness for the society. Typical examples may include photographs, paintings, sculptures, music, a play, choreography, an article, a book, a computer program, a new design, a logo, a new material, a new process, a unique mixture of existing materials with new properties, a new plant, the know-how and others. The U.S. Constitution gives the congress the power to – promote the sciences and useful arts, by securing for limited time to original authors and inventors the exclusive rights to their respective writings and discoveries. Provisions for the ownership rights also exist for businesses and other organizations, contractors and under work for hire categories. The ownership rights are analogous to owning a real estate, that can be sold, inherited, licensed and secure loans against. These ownerships rights are protected under the intellectual property laws. These laws are generally divided into four categories including, patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets.

You may visit the ORED website at http://www.wku.edu/ored under Office of Technology Transfer & Industry Relations to learn more about the various aspects of technology transfer. If you have questions related to your project you can contact the Office of Technology Transfer & Industry Relations at 270-745-6733.

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Provost's Recognition Awards

The WKU faculty members, staff, colleges, departments, centers and institutes play an important role in creating opportunities for our students to gain the hands-on applied research as well as public service experience. These opportunities are created through a collaborative and collective effort on the part of various team members by seeking and acquiring external funding. On behalf of the Provost, I am very pleased to announce the “Provost's Recognition Awards."  These awards are being established to recognize those individuals, departments and colleges who bring these additional resources in the form of grants and contracts to help our students gain a differentiated educational experience at WKU. The awards categories include:

  1. Most Prolific Proposer: Award the faculty/staff member who submitted the most proposals for the fiscal year.
  1. Most Prolific Junior Proposer: Award the junior faculty who submitted the most proposals for the fiscal year.
  • Must be an Assistant Professor, full-time faculty, within first 36 months of starting a tenure track position.
  1. $5 Million Dollar Club: Award faculty/staff who have award totals of $5 million or greater in the last 5 years.
  1. Million Dollar Club: Award faculty/staff who have award totals of $1 million or greater in their WKU career.
  1. First Time Grant Award: Recognize all faculty/staff who received his/her very first grant award at WKU for the fiscal year.
  • Will be awarded to first time PIs and co-PI’s
  1. Largest Award Winner: Award the faculty/staff member who received the largest dollar amount in a single grant award for the fiscal year.
  1. Industrially Sponsored Contracts: Award the highest percent (%) increase in industrially sponsored contract dollars by a department, center, or institute for the fiscal year.
  • Includes all fixed fee service contracts
  • Includes industrially sponsored research projects
  • the first award in this category will be presented in 2008
  1. Department Head Award: Award the Department Head whose department has brought in the most dollars in grant awards for the fiscal year.
  1. Grant Dollar Awards Growth by College: Recognize the Dean whose college achieved the highest percent (%) increase in grant awards dollars compared to the previous fiscal year.
  1. Largest Cumulative Grant Awards by College: Recognize the Dean whose college received the largest total grant awards dollars for the fiscal year.
  1. Administration/Support Staff Award: Award the staff nominee who has demonstrated excellence in supporting extramural grant-related activities. Nominations forms available from the Office of Sponsored Programs (sponsored.programs@wku.edu)

For additional information about this program, please call Dr. Sadiq Shah, Associate Vice President for Research and Economic Development, at 270-745-6733.

**Please note: Fee for Service Agreements and Industrially Sponsored Contracts are not included in the eligibility requirements for these awards, because a separate award is being established for these types of activities.

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Small Business Development Center

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) guides private sector entrepreneurs who are interested in launching a new business or works with an existing business to move to the next platform for growth. During the past 12 months, the WKU SBDC assisted and facilitated the following:

  • 33 New business startups
  • 29 business loans
  • $4,902,629 in total capital injections
  • And a record 256 new jobs created
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Contact information:

ORED: 270-745-6733

OSP: 270-745-4652
SDBC: 270-745-1905
WKU Center For R & D: 270-901-3490
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