Office of the Vice President for Research



Enhance student access to and successful participation in higher education through quality and innovative instruction and student life programs that increase graduation and career placement for a diverse student body.

Objective B
Enhance the academic success of students.

  • Undergraduate research is promoted via the annual Research Celebration and online publication of scholarly articles.



Expand our scholarship in innovative and targeted ways to address regional, national and global needs.

Objective A
Build a national and international research reputation

  • The new Center for Manufacturing Sciences will focus on knowledge-based manufacturing and best practices, enabling students and manufacturers to connect through co-op and internship programs as well as web-based interactions. Larry Dosser, Ph.D., the center’s senior fellow for technology advancement, will bring in researchers from institutions such as Harvard and Notre Dame to present seminars and lectures on technical areas of advanced manufacturing.
  • Wright State is home to seven Centers of Excellence, six of them designated as the state’s leading university center for its area of research. These centers partner with businesses and the military, generating new jobs and millions of dollars in economic impact. They focus on neuroscience, medical readiness, human-centered innovation, the arts, computing, micro-aerial vehicles, and product testing.
  • Robert E. W. Fyffe, Ph.D., was named a University Professor and Timothy Cope, Ph.D., received the Brage Golding Distinguished Professor of Research Award.


Objective B
Enhance the university’s presence with the Dayton/West Central Ohio regions, and beyond, in ways that benefit communities.

  • Wright State’s Office of Technology Transfer is fully staffed with the hiring of a director and licensing associate. University researchers/inventors/entrepreneurs (both faculty and staff) were given the opportunity to showcase their innovative and potentially commercializable research at the Office of Technology Transfer’s first Technology Roundtable. Participants presented their ideas to a panel of business and technology leaders and were provided feedback to help push their respective technologies and ideas to the next step in the commercialization process.
  • A director of compliance was hired to oversee research compliance activities, including compliance with federal regulations related to the research enterprise as well as providing training to faculty and staff.
  • The leadership team of the Office of the Vice President for Research and the division directors of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs attend and participate in the monthly meetings of the university’s Research Council to provide guidance and expertise related to research administration.
  • The leadership team of the Office of the Vice President for Research regularly meets with Wright State Research Institute management to foster collaboration and develop strategy.
  • The total revenue received by the university in support of research and educational grants and contracts, including financial aid awards, increased from $61.6 million to $90 million annually over the past five years.
  • The Office of the Vice President for Research and its reporting units are overhauling their websites, structuring them so that potential collaborators find an easy “Pathway to Yes” when searching for key components of the office. Boilerplate agreements, process maps, and Frequently Asked Questions will be easily accessible to partners, both inside and outside the university community.
  • The university contracted with Hanover Research for proposal development services, successfully linking potential investigators with grant-writing specialists.
  • Wright State and nine partners received a $3.8 million award from the Ohio Department of Education to establish a center to conduct education research.
  • The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs implemented an integrated database solution to handle pre-award and research compliance functions. It enables the office to automate the proposal routing process, streamline electronic proposal submission to the federal government, provide more efficient interaction with the research compliance committees, and effectively search for funding opportunities.  
  • Research and Sponsored Programs and the College of Education and Human Services sponsored a research initiation grant for Jason Fruth, Ph.D., to infuse evidence-based PAX/GBG training in the college’s teacher preparation programs.



Develop and sustain the human, financial and physical resources required to accomplish the university’s strategic goals.

Objective A
Encourage and support the professional development and wellness of faculty and staff.

  • Wright State’s Research Council conducts an annual internal funding competition providing the opportunity for faculty to garner support for pursuit of scholarly activities related to their professional development goals.  

Objective C
Generate increased revenue.

  • Ohio’s Third Frontier Research and Development Center Attraction Program supported up to $5 million in matching funds for the Human Performance Consortium, focused on advancing human performance technologies through research, development, training, and commercialization.