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Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

"The future progress of the world depends to no small degree upon research, and it is through research that science and invention have made marvelous progress; in fact, more progress in the last 75 years than in all previous centuries."

  -Woodbridge N. Ferris, U.S. Senate, 1928 undelivered address

We help you get grants!


Interested in applying for external funding?  Submit an Intent to Apply form to our office today! 


Summer Student Fellowship

Check out the informational video below and learn more about the Summer Fellowship Program!
Applicaitons will be available in January 2024 and are due early March. Notification of award is made in April.

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The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) will create an outstanding climate of support for Ferris State University faculty, staff and students, with emphasis on promoting the teacher-scholar model.


It is the mission of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs to enhance and facilitate the ability of faculty, staff, and students to develop and achieve their goals as teacher-scholars in research, education, and service delivery through successful competition for internal and external funding.

The mission is accomplished while maintaining responsible stewardship of sponsored projects as directed by the values of our office and the applicable federal, state, and agency regulations and policies. By collaborating with key stakeholders, the ORSP:

  • Streamlines administrative processes and minimizes the administrative burden for investigators conducting sponsored programs by providing easily accessible and intuitive administrative information systems
  • Partners with the faculty to create a culture of high achievement and promote the teacher-scholar model
  • Creates and consistently implements well-documented procedures that facilitate the conduct of sponsored activities, while ensuring compliance with sponsor and university requirements
  • Ensures seamless research and scholarly activities administration from proposal development through timely award closeout
  • Provides effective stewardship of sponsor funds and promotes positive sponsor interactions
  • Provides college and department support staff with the necessary tools, resources, and training so that they can also enable investigators to successfully engage in scholarly activities

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs provides leadership, direction, and management of campus wide research administration, infrastructure and services, and oversees the operations of the following units:

Contact Information

Thomas Dowling, PharmD, Ph.D.

Director, Research & Sponsored Programs
[email protected]
(616) 643-1139

Wendy Stapp, AAS, BA

Grants Administrator 
[email protected]
(231) 591-2547

Maureen Wawsczyk, BA, MBA, CIP

Research Integrity & Compliance Officer
[email protected]
(231) 591-2553