Support Functions and Programs

The OVPR oversees a variety of functions and programs that support the university's goal of research excellence. In addition, the OVPR works closely with other Tufts areas that support researchers, including the Libraries, Tufts Technology Services, Finance, and Corporate Foundation Relations.

OVPR Research Support

ICSC

The Institutional Chemical Safety Committee (ICSC) provides review and oversight of research, teaching, and training spaces and activities that are associated with chemicals at Tufts University while

IH

Industrial Health (IH) promotes health, safety and environmental protection in teaching, research, public service and administrative activities by providing training, advice and other compliance

LS

The Laboratory Safety (LS) Group supports research and teaching activities by providing training, advice and other compliance assistance in the areas of biosafety, chemical safety, general lab safety

BIO

The Biosafety Program works to ensure that any work associated with biohazards or recombinant/synthetic nucleic acids is done safely and in accordance with regulations.

OPS

Business Operations coordinates and manages a matrix of operational services to augment the office’s support of research and scholarship.

PRE

Central Pre-Award provides mandatory review, approval and submission for sponsored funding.

CHEM

The Chemical Safety Program services minimize the risks associated with the use of hazardous chemicals in research, teaching, and laboratory facilities. We also help the research community by ensuring

CMS

Tufts Comparative Medicine Services (CMS) provides an array of in vivo services to support preclinical research and other areas of biomedical research. CMS supports the Boston Campus. The Laboratory

COI

The Conflict of Interest Office supports the University community in identifying and managing financial conflicts of interest related to research and scholarly activities, business transactions, and

EHS

Tufts Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) has been re-organized into two new groups: Industrial Hygiene and Laboratory Safety. Please visit each program website for more information.

HSIRB

The Health Sciences Institutional Review Board (HS IRB) reviews, monitors and approve biomedical and social, behavioral, and educational research.

IACUC

The Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC) ensures institutional compliance with federal regulations that govern animal care and use for all research, teaching, and training projects.

IBC

The Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) is charged with ensuring that all research, teaching, and training involving potentially biohazardous agents at Tufts University and Tufts Medical Center is

IRSC

The Institutional Radiation Safety Committee (IRSC) is charged with providing independent expert advice for working with or in areas containing radioactive materials or radiation producing machines.

ISC

The Integrative Safety Committee (ISC) was formed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and is charged with reviewing research ramp down exception requests, school research ramp up plans, exception

PDOC

The Postdoctoral Scholars Program helps postdoctoral scholars broaden their research abilities and equip themselves with the skills necessary for a successful career.

RAD

Research Administration & Development (RAD) helps investigators to pursue their research and scholarship goals, providing expertise and support throughout the Award Lifecycle.

Oversees DEV PRE SIA LRA
COMP

Research Compliance & Safety oversees a variety of functions that ensures safe, legal, and ethical research across Tufts.

Oversees HSIRB SBER IACUC IBC EHS IRSC RI
DEV

Research Development supports grantsmanship, funding, and proposal development.

RI

Research Integrity provides training, process and policy support for issues related to conduct, conflicts and ethics.

STRAT

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

SIA

Strategy Implementation & Assessment (SIA) is responsible for evaluating and assessing Research Administration & Development services, roles and key metrics.

Related Research Support

OHS

The Occupational Health Services provides health care focused on the prevention and treatment of health conditions related to work; and, ensuring that individuals are healthy and safe to perform their

POST

Post-Award provides financial oversight of all sponsored award activities from set up to closeout, and is part of of the Finance Division, office of the Controller.

GLOBE

Global Tufts is a function of the Office of the Provost that supports development and realization of university-wide, global strategy to enhance Tufts’ position in global education, research, and

IS

Information Security provides stewardship and security services that support responsible research & scholarship.

MR

Media Relations is a function of University Communications and Marketing strengthen the university’s leadership position by informing the news media and the public about the achievements of our

LIB

The Libraries at Tufts provide key support and services to researchers including expert consultations.

RT

Research Technology helps define technology needs and provide innovative IT solutions that support excellence in research.