About Us

ORI Vision

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

ORI Mission

The Office of Research and Innovation as well as 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 ORI 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.