The OVPR 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 Office of the Vice Provost for Research (OVPR) in collaboration with university leadership, faculty, students and staff commence strategic initiatives to advance research and scholarship enterprise at Tufts. OVPR is responsible for pre-award and post-award administration support of grants and contracts (through the Central Pre-Award and Central Post-Award Offices as well as the Office of Research Development), protection, management, and licensing of the University’s intellectual property (through the Office for Technology Transfer and Industry Collaboration), oversight of the use of human subjects (Health Sciences and Social, Behavioral, and Educational Research) 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 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 OVPR works with members of the faculty and other administrative offices to assure that these obligations are met.