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The Office of the Vice Provost for Research (OVPR) is organized around six key themes: Strategic Initiatives; Research Administration and Development; Research Compliance; Tufts Comparative Medicine Services; Technology Transfer and Industry Collaboration; and Business Operations. The OVPR also oversees the Postdoctoral Scholars program. Learn more by clicking on the boxes below.

Business Operations

Business Operations supports the OVPR in its mission by offering foundational assistance to the individual functions of the OVPR, including: Administrative services, budget and finance, research information technology, communication, and training.

Business Operations

Postdoctoral Scholars Program

The Postdoctoral Scholar program at Tufts University provides an environment in which Postdoctoral Scholars can broaden their research abilities and equip themselves with the skills necessary for a successful career in their chosen field. Postdoctoral Scholars at Tufts are obligated to carry out a research program to the best of their ability under the guidance of a research advisor.

Postdoctoral Scholar Office

Research Administration and Development

Research Administration and Development seeks to enhance the ability of Tufts University investigators to pursue their research and scholarship goals. We provide leadership and expertise in pre- and post-award and support other functions that surround applying for and managing sponsored funding.



Compliance & Risk Management

Research Development

Research Compliance

Research Compliance supports the research endeavors of Tufts faculty, students, and staff via the management and oversight of the following areas: Human subject research protection, animal subject protection, use of biohazardous agents and recombinant DNA, export controls, research integrity, and conflict of interest.


Environmental Health & Safety

European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) 

Export Control

Health Sciences IRB

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee

Institutional Biosafety Committee

Radiation and Laser Safety

Radiation Safety Committee

Research Integrity

Social, Behavioral & Educational Research IRB






Strategic Initiatives

Strategic Initiatives fosters relationships to build the research and scholarship enterprise, forging new and innovative approaches, collaborations, and partnerships of institutional importance to the University.

Strategic Initiatives

Technology Transfer and Industry Collaboration

Technology Transfer and Industry Collaboration (TTIC) is responsible for facilitating the transfer of Tufts technology for public use and benefit. TTIC evaluates, obtains proprietary protection for, and assists in the distribution of technology for research and commercial purposes. TTIC is responsible for transferring technology for commercial development by identifying potential markets and negotiating license agreements with industry partners, be they large or start-up companies.

Technology Transfer and Industry Collaboration

Tufts Comparative Medicine Services

Tufts Comparative Medicine Services (Tufts CMS) provides animal care, including the provision of housing for and humane care to all animals utilized at the Boston Health Sciences campus of Tufts University, Tufts Medical Center, and the Medford/Somerville campus of Tufts University. The Boston campus has been AAALAC accredited since 1966, the oldest continually accredited institution in the world. Tufts CMS provides a centrally managed animal care and use program that promotes efficient use of available space and staff resources and allows close professional monitoring of the services provided. Tufts CMS operates specialized facilities, which provide critical environments and the specialized equipment necessary for the maintenance and use of the various species employed in research at Tufts University and Tufts Medical Center. Tufts CMS professional and paraprofessional staff serves as a consultative and technical resource for investigators on matters related to animal research.

Tufts CMS