Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR)
As the chief research officer for Stony Brook University, the Vice President for Research
plays an important role in achieving two key goals of the University’s Strategic Plan:
"to carry out research and intellectual endeavors of the highest international standards
that advance knowledge and have immediate or long-range practical significance” and
“to provide leadership for economic growth, technology and culture for neighboring
communities and the wider geographic region”.
To further these goals, the OVPR provides numerous services and functions.
First, we help strategically position the university to be successful in attracting
external support for research from federal and other government sources, industry,
private foundations, philanthropy, and through partnerships with allied organizations
such as Brookhaven National Lab, Cold Spring Harbor, and others.
Second, we facilitate the process of applying for grants and contracts and we manage
awards to assure that the research is carried out successfully and that the requirements
of sponsoring agencies are fulfilled. We also provide technology tools to disseminate
information, facilitate collaboration and streamline research administration.
Third, we make strategic financial investments in matching funds on grant applications
and improvements in infrastructure that supports research at the cutting edge of science
and technology on this campus.
Fourth, we facilitate the translation of basic research and innovation into economic
benefits to society and we promote technology transfer and licensing agreements with
established private and start-up companies while also protecting the intellectual
property rights of our inventors, the University, and our external partners.
Fifth, we are responsible for assuring that research conducted at Stony Brook is ethical,
and compliant with government regulations, while at the same time informing the appropriate
regulatory agencies about the seemingly unnecessary burdens some of those regulations
may impose on the research enterprise.
Finally, as part of the Research Foundation (RF) for SUNY, we assure that our policies
and procedures are consistent with those of system administration.
The OVPR is always open to ideas about how we can improve the effectiveness of our
services to the campus, our sponsors, our partners, and our external affiliates.
Please contact us if you have comments or suggestions.