The Office of Sponsored Projects promotes and facilitates the acquisition of external funding to support Washburn University programs, projects and related activities. The Office of Sponsored Projects provides resources and assistance to faculty, staff and administrators to foster project ideas, locate funding opportunities, strengthen grant writing and research skills, develop grant proposals, and to comply with applicable approval and compliance requirements.
To achieve this mission, the Office of Sponsored Projects is committed to the following responsibilities:
Washburn University has been selected by the Justice Department's Office on Violence Against Women to receive one of 27 awards designed to support a comprehensive approach to the prevention, investigation and response to sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking on campus. The awards total $8.5 million; Washburn was awarded $299, 838 for their “Creating a Culture of Consent at Washburn University: Confronting Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking on Campus” project. Washburn University, the only college or university in Kansas to be part of this grant, will collaborate with the YWCA Northeast Kansas and the Victim/Witness Unit of the Shawnee County District Attorney on the grant project. The awards will be used to enhance victim services as well as to improve prevention, investigation and response for these crimes, according to the Department of Justice. The awards are made with funds from the Grants to Reduce Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking on Campus Program. As part of the grant, Washburn will be required to conduct mandatory prevention and education programming for all incoming students, said Joel Bluml, associate vice president for student life. In addition, the grant will help the university train campus law enforcement and all members of campus disciplinary boards to respond effectively to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking.
Washburn University is a partner with Kansas Department of Commerce in a U.S. Department of Justice grant project to provide technical training for inmates at the Topeka Correctional Facility. This Second Chance Act grant of $639,684 funds educational courses in Certified Production Training for inmates at the all-female prison.