Vice President for Research


Message from our Vice President

Richard J. ReederAs 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 2013-2018 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 work with the Vice President for Economic Development to 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.

Vice President For Research - Biography

Dr. Richard J. Reeder serves as the Vice President for Research at Stony Brook University and Operations Manager for the SUNY Research Foundation.

Rich Reeder joined the Geosciences Department as a faculty member in 1980 where he served as Deputy Chair before being appointed Chair in 2008. In 2015, he was appointed Associate Vice President for Brookhaven Affairs. From 2002-2012 Rich served as Director of the National Science Foundation-supported Center for Environmental Molecular Science. He also served as Chair of the national user group, EnviroSync, which promotes application of synchrotron X-ray methods to environmental sciences. As a researcher, Rich has made extensive use of experimental beamlines at synchrotron facilities throughout the United States and participated in development of beamlines at NSLS and NSLS II. He is also a founding member of Stony Brook’s Consortium for Interdisciplinary Environmental Research (CIDER).

Rich received his BS in Geology from the University of Illinois, and his MA and PhD in Geology and Geophysics from the University of California, Berkeley. His research interests include X-ray scattering and spectroscopy studies of natural and engineered materials of environmental relevance. Rich’s research group has focused on structure-function relationships of disordered and amorphous solids, sorption behavior of heavy metals on minerals, and bioavailability of contaminants in environmental systems and he has been awarded more than 20 research grants. He has also partnered with researchers in the health sciences to bring together critical expertise to solve problems in environmental health. Rich was associate editor, and later editor of the peer-reviewed journal American Mineralogist, as well as editor of several review books. He has authored more than 120 articles and book chapters.

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