Research and PhD Education Office

The West Virginia University (WVU) School of Nursing Office of Research and PhD Education supports the overall West Virginia University Health Sciences Strategic plan to transform the lives of West Virginians and eliminate health disparities and the School of Nursing’s vision for optimal health, enhanced quality of life, and excellent health care for the people of West Virginia and the global community.  WVU’s School of Nursing research program includes colleagues from the WVU Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Public Health, the WVU Healthcare System, and the West Virginia Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute.  Multiple funding sources, including federal, state, foundation, institutional and industry, support the program.

The WVU Office of Nursing Research and PhD Education is committed to the next generation of nurse scholars and offers baccalaureate, graduate students, and new faculty members mentored experiences with established researchers in a scholarly interprofessional research environment.  The PhD program is central to the overall research program and prepares nurse scientists for research roles in academia, service, and health policy.  

Mission: to support knowledge development, discovery, and innovation that furthers the science of healthcare and nursing


  1. Promote the conduct and dissemination of nursing and transdisciplinary healthcare scholarship
  2. Facilitates internal and external interprofessional research teams and partnerships
  3. Maintain a strong cadre of nurse scholars
  4. Prepare nurse scientists to assume leadership roles that impact science, practice and policy.
  5. Build robust funding streams

Primary services offered by the Office of Nursing Research and PhD Education are:

1.  The Provision of Grant support services

  • Pre award assistance
  • Post award assistance
  • Generation of Reports
  • Pilot funding program
  • Team Facilitation

2.  Editorial Assistance

  • Manuscript editing, poster development, presentation review

3.  Faculty and student development

  • Scholarly Interest Groups
  • Individual Consultation
  • Continuing Education/Lectures/ visiting Scholars
  • Think Tanks
  • Formal mentoring program
  • Interview preparation
  • Research Assistantships
  • Facilitate mock presentations
  • Publication strategy–assist with development of publications, abstracts, and research reports
  • Idea conception

4.  Data management

5.  Communication and Networking

  • Quarterly Newsletters
  • Grant solicitations announcements
  • Collaboration with University Public Relation

For more information, support services or consultation on proposal preparation please contact:

Richard Giersch
Grants Administrator
PO Box 9600
Morgantown, WV 26506-9600
Phone: 304-293-1839