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Welcome from the Division of Research and
Graduate Studies

New ECU Faculty!


As part of your orientation, we invite you to visit and learn about the Division of Research and Graduate Studies (RGS). East Carolina University is proud of its research community and discoveries emanating from faculty members' research and creative activities. RGS provides infrastructure for these activities, including start-up packages, seed funding, graduate student assistantships, pre- and post-award services, and oversight of regulatory compliance.

The staff in RGS can help you discover the opportunities and resources available to conduct research, train and mentor graduate students, seek funding for your ECU research and creative activities, identify and interface with partners inside and outside of the University, and to navigate the legal, regulatory, and business processes associated with your activities.  

The following offices within RGS will assist you with your graduate teaching, research, and creative activities:
  • Graduate School – Administration of graduate programs and policies;
  • Undergraduate Research - Competitive awards for research support, stipends, and travel funds for students presenting their work at discipline-specific meetings;
  • Office of Post-Doctoral Affairs - Administration of personnel and career development aspects of post-doctoral scholars;
  • Sponsored Programs - Pre-award proposal development and submission services;
  • Grants and Contracts - Post-award administration and financial management of grants and contracts;
  • Office of Research Development - Assistance in identifying and obtaining funding for research projects, and coordinating development and submission of large multidisciplinary proposals;
  • Office of Research Integrity  and Compliance – Protection of  rights and welfare of human subjects (IRB) and the ethical conduct in research, scholarship and creative activities;
  • Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) - Humane use and care of animals in teaching and research; and
  • Office of Engagement, Innovation and Economic Development – Technology transfer (protection of intellectual property, patenting, copyrighting, commercialization of discoveries), survey research, and partnerships with the public and private sectors to promote job creation.
RGS will host a session during New Faculty Orientation on the afternoon of Tuesday, August 18th, where you will have the opportunity to chat with the Division directors and learn how they can assist with your research and creative activities.

More information about the Division can be found at our website ( and in materials provided by the Office for Faculty Excellence.

We hope you will find ECU and Greenville a most welcoming place to work and live, and that your time at ECU will be productive and enjoyable. Please do not hesitate to contact me if we can be of assistance to you.


Michael R. Van Scott, PhD
Associate Vice Chancellor (Interim) and
Chief Research Officer