About Us

OR Vision

SMU is a preeminent, private research university with a legacy of scholarly impact, creating knowledge and leaders through research and graduate education.

OR Mission

The Office of Research and the Moody School of Graduate and Advanced Studies advance the goals of SMU’s 2nd Century Strategic Plan to enhance the academic quality and stature of the University by supporting and safeguarding the growth of research and graduate education.  The OR aims to provide leadership, quality communication, responsiveness and transparency to the research community.  The OR provides leadership in the development of new research initiatives, guidance and assistance through intellectual property development, grant management, and adherence to regulations and policies, and facilitates graduate recruitment, retention and graduation.


  • We assist faculty members seeking external funding and conducting externally funded research and other projects.

  • We strive to administer sponsored project activity to meet the University's objectives.

  • We provide information and support so that faculty may conduct their externally funded research and other projects in compliance with terms and conditions in the award agreement and with University Policy.

  • We seek to expand the quantity and diversity of research and sponsored project activity and thereby maximize its contribution to the University.

  • We provide information on potential funding sources; we administer the preparation, internal approval and submission of proposals

  • We negotiate, accept and administer awards for research and other sponsored projects.

Mailing Address:
Office of Research
P.O. Box 750240
Dallas, TX 75275-0240
Physical Address:
Office of Research
Perkins Administration Building
6425 Boaz Lane, Suite 101
Dallas, TX 75205

Office of Research Directory

Name Job Title Telephone Email
Dr. Sukumaran Nair Associate Provost for Research, ad interim 214-768-2856 nair@smu.edu
Mary-Colette Lybrand Director of Innovation 214-768-6116 mlybrand@smu.edu
Heather McClary Director of Research Compliance 214-768-2030 hpowell@smu.edu
Dr. Trang Dinh Research Compliance Manager 214-768-4204 trangd@smu.edu
Christina Valle Grant & Contract Management Specialist 214-768-1692 vallec@smu.edu
Shanteria Horton Grant & Contract Management Specialist 214-768-7832 shanteria@smu.edu