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The Office of the Vice Provost for Research is responsible for pre-award and post-award administration of grants and contracts (through the Office of Research Administration and Sponsored Programs Accounting), protection, management, and licensing of the University’s intellectual property (through the Technology Transfer and Industry Collaboration), oversight of the use of human subjects and laboratory animals in research, implementation of the University’s policies on conflict of interest in research and misconduct in research and scholarship, and for working with other administrative offices to create an environment at the University that encourages and facilitates research. The Office strives to provide high quality services to the faculty and to increase the funding available to support research while protecting the University’s interests and assuring that Tufts is in compliance with all relevant laws and regulations.

The University encourages extramural support of research and other scholarly activities which contribute to the overall academic mission of the institution. The acceptance of external funding, whether restricted or unrestricted, imposes certain legal obligations on the University with regard to its use, management and accountability. The Office of the Vice Provost for Research works with members of the faculty and other administrative offices to assure that these obligations are met.