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The Office of Research Administration (ORA)

The Office of Research Administration

The Office of Research Administration reports to Associate Vice President for Research and Dean Graduate Studies, James E. Quick.

The Office of Research Administration (ORA) is responsible for proposal development and submission, contract negotiation, project closeout, and research compliance. The ORA is under the direction of the Assistant Vice President for Research, Alicia Brossette, who reports to the Associate Vice President of Research facilitates the internal approval process for proposals and awards. In addition to proposal and award administration, the ORA works with the SMU research community to obtain signatures from authorized officials, provides assistance and training on research compliance areas such as IRB, IACUC, BioSafety, Export Controls, and FCOI.

The ORA works closely with the Office Grant and Contract Accounting (GCA), a Department in the Controller’s Division. GCA manages the financial component of the University’s sponsored projects (externally funded, research, public service, training, and financial aid grants and contracts.