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University of Hawai‘i – West O‘ahu (UHWO) Institute of Engaged Scholarship (IES) serves the public good through active collaboration with community partners to address and impact key issues in our communities. IES supports faculty scholarship that impacts community progress and transformation.

IES provides institutional support and resources to support innovative growth and development of high quality applied research. IES will establish guiding principles aligned to campus and strategic outcomes and appoint a faculty advisory board to setup and establish the process, goals, and outcomes for the design of the institute.

Message from the Chancellor

Chancellor Maenette Benham

Chancellor Maenette K. P. Ah Nee-Benham, PhD

Aloha mai!

To ensure that UHWO lives into its mission and value proposition it is essential that we invest in scholarship that transforms, that makes a difference in the vibrant life of our communities. We can do this through faculty, staff and student inquiry, scholarship that brings together the knowledge well of the university and the diversities of community wisdom to address and resolve knotty 21st Century conundrums! The Institute for Engaged Scholarship supports an infrastructure, a critical foundation for knowledge leaders to engage in innovation, technology and entrepreneurship to better our environment, strengthen our educational pathways, and foster healthy systems all leading to a high quality of life and place.
I encourage you to learn how you can participate, how you can make a difference that leads to a more just society.

E mālama pono!

Message from the Director

Director Melissa

Dr. Melissa Saul, Project Director

Aloha kākou!

As the Director of the Institute of Engaged Scholarship, it is my vision to support and foster partnerships between UHWO and our communities to collaboratively develop and apply knowledge to create a more just, abundant, and equitable society. IES provides resources and support to enhance faculty scholarship and creative endeavors that are focused on solving crucial community issues and engaging students in service, research, and problem-solving. Our goals focus on promoting innovative and transformative learning experiences for students, faculty and staff through engaged scholarship opportunities.

Pūpūkahi i Holomua!

Guiding Principles for Programs and Projects

IES engages and connects faculty, students and community stakeholders through groundbreaking, collaborative research and initiatives.

  • Engage faculty, staff and students in interrelated, transdisciplinary and innovative scholarship.

  • Foster systemic impact and transformative outcomes.

  • Empower participants in scholarship that is collaborative and participatory.

  • Strengthen and increase community access to our campus’ expertise including faculty, programs, and resources.

  • Address campus and/or community needs that connect teaching, research, and service to redefine a scholars’ work as generating, disseminating, applying, and preserving knowledge for the direct benefit of the communities we serve.

Focus Areas

The following focus areas are essential to IES and act as drivers of success. Not only do they align with University of Hawaii – West Oʻahu’s Strategic Plan, these focus areas also reflect the importance of transdisciplinarity, an approach that incorporates knowledge from multiple perspectives.

  • Au ʻŌiwi: Thriving Learning, Teaching, Leadership

  • Wai Ola: Social Justice

  • Mālama ʻĀina: Care for Land, People and Resources
  • Mauli Ola: Health and Well-being

Goals and Action Steps

Listed below are the goals of IES, including the specific action steps required in order to achieve the goals.

  • Foster growth and strengthen applied research development support across all divisions which results in innovative programs that address community, social, environmental, and social justice issues.

  • Establish a thriving research culture of applied inquiry and engaged scholarship and evaluation/assessment.

  • Support faculty efforts to develop and sustain research and engage students in research initiatives and opportunities.

  • Develop and improve campus classroom and outdoor spaces to foster undergraduate applied research experiences and support core research facilities.

The IES Logic Model serves as a framework and tool used to evaluate the effectiveness of IES programs and initiatives.

IES Logic Model


This section includes links to grants and extramural funding opportunities and resources available through the UH System Office of Research Services (ORS), myGrants (UH system opportunities) and (Federal opportunities).

  • Office of Research Services
    ORS strives to provide effective efficient services to facilitate the stewardship of extramural funding activities available within the UH System.
  • myGrants
    myGRANT is the University of Hawaii System’s personalized version of the Kuali Foundation’s open source research administration software, Kuali Coeus (KC).
  • Grant Search

    • provides a single website for all federal agencies to post discretionary funding opportunities and for grantees to find and apply to them.
    • Pivot
      Pivot provides Research Administrators, Research Development Professionals, and individual faculty members the edge—by bringing together the right research opportunities, funding, and people—quickly and easily.
  • UH West O‘ahu Grant Proposal Concept Form
    Ready to get started on a grant idea? Use this new grant proposal concept form to contact IES.


This section includes information to support faculty, students, and staff with regulatory requirements, trainings, relevant protocols, and studies.

  • Office of Research Compliance
    The Office of Research Compliance (ORC) assures the public that research at UH is performed responsibly
  • Human Studies Program (HSP)
    HSP works with the UH research community to ensure the health, welfare, rights and dignity of people who participate in UH research.
  • CITI Training
    CITI Program is dedicated to promoting the public’s trust in the research enterprise.
  • UH IRB eProtocol
    Launched by the Human Studies Program, this is the first electronic IRB application submission system that supports protocols to protect human participants involved in UH research projects.

  • Submit a New Protocol
    A direct link to information and resources regarding submitting new protocols.
  • Templates
    A link to templates and information regarding Social & Behavioral Science (SBS) and Biomedical Research, consent documentation, regulatory documents/toolkit, and other useful study documentations.
  • FAQs
    A link to Frequently Asked Questions related to Human Studies application submission and eProtocol.


The latest news from the Institute of Engaged Scholars.


Resources related to community engagement research and extramural funding.


Useful UHWO reports and statistics resources to help during the grant or proposal writing process.


Information and resources on IES events and opportunities, including training, certification programs, professional development, etc.