Facebook Pixel Sponsored Programs | Western Kentucky University Skip to main content

 The Proposal Sign-Off Sheet Process


Internal approvals are required for all proposals submitted by WKU.  The internal approval process is completed via the Sponsored Programs Internal Record Information Terminal (SPIRIT).  Information about SPIRIT can be found at the link below.

 Learn more about SPIRIT


Research Definitions and Classifications

Definitions according to the National Science Foundation:

Basic Research:  Research undertaken primarily to acquire new knowledge without any particular application or use in mind.

Applied Research: Research conducted to gain the knowledge or understanding to meet a specific, recognized need.

Developmental: The systematic use of the knowledge or understanding gained from research directed toward the production of useful materials, devices, systems, or methods, including the design and development of prototypes and processes.


Interdisciplinary Research and Development: A mode of R&D by teams or individuals that integrates information, data, techniques, tools, perspectives, concepts, and/or theories from two or more disciplines or bodies of specialized knowledge to advance fundamental understanding or to solve problems whose solutions are beyond the scope of a single discipline or area of R&D practice.

Collaboration: Collaborative awards with other academic institutions involve two or more higher education institutions, where each institution receives funding directly from the prime source, excluding subrecipient awards—for example, awards for which your institution was a subrecipient of funds or passed funds through to another institution.

International: A project involving international collaboration/collaborators, students, travel, or direct/indirect international reach.


Some of the links on this page may require additional software to view.

 Last Modified 11/6/20