The Office of Research Administration (ORA) promotes and facilitates scholarly activity at VCOM by supporting and administering all extramural and intramural activities. The ORA’s charge is to maintain a strong research infrastructure, coordinate College resources and foster collaborations both within the VCOM system and with partnering institutions. In support of the College’s mission, the ORA offers a range of services for faculty, staff and students pursuing research or other scholarly activity aimed improving human health and meeting the needs of rural and medically underserved populations. The VCOM ORA assists with:
- Extramural funding searches
- Proposal preparation and approval
- Application submission and processing
- Award stipulations and contract negotiation
- Project administration and stewardship of funds
- Regulatory compliance monitoring
The ORA staff is always available to advise and help Principal Investigators and others in the preparation and submission of grant, contract and cooperative agreement proposals. To that end, all proposals representing College obligations must be authorized through ORA. The ORA is responsible for conducting negotiations, receiving and processing awards and other contractual modifications, administering the contracts and grants after award and ensuring an orderly close-out of expired contracts and grants. In addition, the ORA is charged with actively pursuing grant funding for educational, training and outreach programs for the College and the community, as well as maintaining financial and administrative reports on the College’s research programs.
Director, Office of Research Administration
Email: greaves [at] vt.