Artificial Intelligence in Manufacturing (AIM) Higher Consortium Project

The AIM Higher project focuses accelerating defense manufacturing research and innovation efforts, fostering improvements and growth for defense supply chain companies, addressing industry needs for workforce development and training, and providing access to capital for growth in the defense sector. The Office of Research and Program Management provides logistical, financial, and event planning support to the AIM Higher organizations and stakeholders.  

Buprenorphine Implementation 
Research & Community Health (BIRCH)

BIRCH Project is to scale up treatment services for people with opioid use disorder and to integrate MOUD with the treatment and prevention of injection drug use-associated infections, especially hepatitis C (HCV) and HIV, in FQHCs throughout West Virginia. 

Bridge Initiative for S&T Policy, Leadership, & Communications

The Bridge Initiative identifies challenges and opportunities that West Virginia is facing. This project creates policymakers to bridge the worlds of science and policy. It translates work that's done by West Virginia University researchers to policymakers to help shape West Virginias' governments' priorities, decisions, and regulations.  

FBI Programs, Research and Standards Unit 

Since 2008, West Virginia University (WVU) is the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s lead academic partner in biometrics research. The ORPM serves as the liaison to the academic research community for the FBI’s Programs Research and Standards Unit (PRSU) and currently manages numerous biometric research projects from different universities throughout the country.

ORPM distributes FBI priorities and gathers project proposals during the data-call phase. Creates project agreements, develops timelines, guides subcontract negotiations, expedites universities’ and FBI IRB’s. Schedules meetings and provides reports for each project. Manages all project changes through formal change management and monitors and tracks all tasks, deliverables, burn rate, and billing. 

Fentanyl Test Strips (FTS)

This investigation is an observational study to investigate the positive and negative consequences of fentanyl test strip (FTS) use by people who inject drugs (PWID) and utilize syringe service programs (SSPs) in Hickory, NC and Morgantown, WV. 

National Institute on Drug Abuse Clinical Trials Network (NIDA-CTN)

This project is a collaboration between University of Pittsburgh, West Virginia University, and Pennsylvania State University. CTN provides an enterprise where NIDA, treatment researchers, and community-based service provides can work toward new treatment options in community-level clinical practices. 

Psychology Department Grants Management

Rural Special Interest Group 

This project is part of NIDA-CTN. It is Co-chaired by Erin Winstanley and attended by Sarah Kawasaki and Judith Feinberg. The goal of this group is to facilitate research on service delivery and outcomes among patients with substance use disorders who reside in rural areas. The long-term goal is to improve the implementation of empirically-based treatment services in rural areas.

Tailored Retention and Engagement in Equitable Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder and Pain (TREETOP)

TREETOP is a center grant that is part of the NIH Integrative Management of Chronic Pain and OUD for Whole Recover (IMPOWR) network. TREETOP includes two multisite randomized clinical trials investigating novel interventions to improve treatment for patients with co-occurring pain and opioid use disorder (OUD).

Wastewater Testing for Community Health - West Virginia (WaTCH-WV)

WaTCH-WV is a statewide project that collects and analyzes the presence of SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater to help identify communities of concern.  The project is supported by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources. The ORPM provides budget and site selection coordination, scheduling and facilitating meetings, and collaborates with stakeholders to achieve successful outcomes. 

Waters Research Institute (WRI)

Office of Research and Program Management (ORPM) supports the West Virginia Water Research Institute’s (WRI) portfolio of Critical Materials projects. This includes construction of the state’s Rare Earth Extraction Facility—funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and in partnership with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protections—to bolster domestic supplies of rare earths, reduce the environmental impact of coal-mining operations, reduce production costs and increase efficiency for processing market-ready rare earths. Researchers at the WRI are currently extracting rare earth elements from acid mine drainage at their pilot plant located in the WVU NRCCE building while construction of the full-scale facility nears completion in Mt. Storm, West Virginia. 

ORPM leads project start-up and closeout; coordinates budget and cost share management with task leads and DOE; provides subaward and internal partner management support; manages the preparation and submission of reporting and deliverables to DOE; and serves as the primary liaison between internal offices (OSP, SRA, SSC, etc.) as well as DOE points of contact. 

WRI - Critical Materials Program

Most recent activities on the Critical Materials Program include bridging the gap between separation and recovery of REE and CM and the integration of these materials into manufactured industrial, consumer, and defense products.

WRI - West Virginia University Technical Assistance for Brownfields (WVU TAB) 

TAB provides education and guidance throughout the Mid-Atlantic region to assistance with community involvement in redevelopment and is funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

ORPM provides financial, administrative and team coordination.