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Research Connect Program


What Is the Research Connect Program? 

The Research Connect Program is the modernization effort that will encompass multiple projects over the next three years.

Introduction to Research Connect - Recording Introduction to Research Connect - Presentation (PDF)

  • WVU+kc and Manual Process Replacement

    WVU+kc is currently the primary system used for research reviews and approvals. WVU+kc and other systems and manual processes will be replaced with a modern, integrated electronic research administration (ERA). The new ERA system will be based on an enter-once philosophy to decrease the time researchers spend on submissions.

  • Re-Engineered Business Processes

    All business processes will be reviewed to ensure alignment with R1 research processes. This will include working to integrate workflows with other departments (partners) that have roles in reviewing and approving research.

  • Integration/APIs

    Integration of other systems used for research administration and compliance to decrease duplicate data entry and provide the needed information to reviewers and approvers in a timely, automated manner.

  • Data Accessibility and Reporting

    The new system will provide modern reporting capabilities that researchers can easily use, and data will be portable to other reporting tools. The Research Office, in conjunction with the WVU Office of Institutional Data and Analytics, will work to provide data definitions and ensure data integrity and accessibility.

  • Training

    The Research Office and the project team will provide multiple training opportunities for the research community in the form of vendor training, videos, and website guidance.

Program Management Team

The core team includes members from the WVU Research Office and the ITS Research IT Department. 


Fred King

Program Champion


Katie Stores

Program Sponsor


Rosemary Casteel

Program Manager


Erica Craft

Research IT Director


Laura DiNunzio

Project Manager


Judette Borsuk

Senior Business Analyst


Joseph Nyachae

Training/User Experience



Website Management


Research Office Leadership Team


Export Control


Office of Animal Welfare


Conflict of Interest (COI)


Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP)


Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP)


Office of Technology Transfer (OTT)


Research Systems and Operational Data Service






Office of Lab Animal Resources (OLAR)


Institutional Bio-Safety Committee (IBC)


Radiation Safety Committee (RA)


Clinical Trials Center of Excellence (COE)


West Virginia Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI)


Office of General Counsel


Financial Projects and Compliance


Shared Services


Environment Health and Safety