Vice Provost for Research

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research is responsible for a number of vital functions to support, incentivize, and promote research activity on the Main Campus. The Vice Provost for Research leads several initiatives focused on building research at Georgetown including the Provost Undergraduate Research Council (with the Vice Provost for Education) which aims to expand and strengthen undergraduate research at Georgetown and the development of a center for the humanities. Another focus is supporting the Georgetown Environment Initiative and working closely with the Dean of Research at the Georgetown University Medical Center to support cross-campus collaboration and improve services. The Vice Provost for Research works with the office of Financial Affairs, University Information Services and other administrative offices to improve research services (e.g., implementation of per diem travel policy and GU-PASS for proposal routing).

  1. The Office of Research Services functions to provide support for sponsored research. This includes proposal development support for faculty (grant writing workshops, finding funding agencies, assisting in budget preparation and all aspects of proposal preparation), pre-award support (review of proposals to insure compliance with funding agency requirements and University policy), and post-award support for the College (award budget reconciliation and communications with Sponsored Accounting). The remaining schools (SFS, MSB, MSPP, SCS, the Graduate School) have post-award support within their respective schools.
  2. The Vice Provost for Research leads the Internal Grants program. Approximately one million dollars each year is dispersed to Main Campus faculty in support of research, including grants-in-aid, summer grants, infrastructure awards, pilot awards, and senior faculty fellowships. The Internal Grants Review (IGR) Committee, made up of approximately 25 faculty members from across the Main Campus, reviews proposals and recommends funding. A subset of the IGR committee serves on the Faculty Research Awards Committee (FRAC). This committee reviews candidates for the Career Research Achievement and the Distinguished Research Achievement Awards. FRAC also reviews Main Campus candidates for nomination for external awards and fellowships that are eligible for matching awards.
  3. The Vice Provost for Research leads the Georgetown Main Campus Research Executive Committee (REC), a faculty committee formed to provide input on sponsored research initiatives, how research is administered on the main campus, and, to be a two-way communication conduit between main campus researchers and the Office of the Vice Provost for Research. The Committee is an authoritative body that provides input and recommendations about research administration processes, problems, and priority areas. The Committee receives information on issues affecting research support and administration to disseminate to colleagues in the campus area they represent.
  4. The Vice Provost for Research works with faculty, deans and other administrators on policies that support faculty research. In recent years, this has resulted in new and revised policies relating to course buy-outs, matching awards, sabbaticals, course banking, and non-tenure-line research faculty.