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The main office of the OVCR, based in Swanlund Administration Building, includes staff dedicated to planning, policymaking, and stewardship of the activities related to the campus research enterprise. These activities include:
- Administration of a number of funding programs, including the Campus Research Board
- Oversight of campus Research Integrity programs
- Conflict of Commitment and Interest management
- Facilitation of institutional research relationships
- Development of tools to support business and compliance processes
- Advocacy for the Illinois research community in policy and regulatory affairs at the national, state, and campus levels
- Selection of proposal teams for limited submission opportunities
- Special programs to support grant seeking in the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
Additionally, the OVCR has broad administrative oversight of a number of different interdisciplinary research, regulatory compliance, research support, and other units.
Campuswide Interdisciplinary Research Units
Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology
The Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, where groundbreaking research in neuroscience, materials science, imaging, language and literacy, and bioengineering has been conducted for more than 25 years. The Beckman provides space for collaborations from researchers in departments as diverse as engineering, speech and hearing science, psychology, computer science, physics, education, biochemistry, neuroscience, anthropology, and linguistics.
Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology
The IGB is dedicated to transformative research with program areas in systems biology, cellular and metabolic engineering, and genome technology. Pioneering advances in the life sciences, IGB’s unique facility stimulates discovery and collaboration among its world-class researchers, drawn from a broad range of disciplines in life and social sciences, engineering, law, and business.
Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities
IPRH supports interdisciplinary study in the humanities, arts, and social sciences, work that leads to a deeper understanding of people, societies, artifacts, and events, locally as well as globally, in past and present contexts. Established in 1997, IPRH grants fellowships to Illinois faculty and graduate students,coordinates and hosts lectures, symposia, and panel discussions on a wide variety of topics, and provides awards that recognize excellence in humanities research to faculty and students. To date, IPRH has been awarded over $6 million in grants from the Andrew W. Mellon foundation in support of post-doctoral fellowships, collaborative research, and the emergence of areas of inquiry in bio-humanities, environmental humanities, and legal humanities.
Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment
Founded in 2014, iSEE pursues actionable research to find solutions for the world’s pressing sustainability, energy, and environmental needs today and tomorrow. iSEE funds and shepherds research projects that will have an immediate and lasting impact in solving global grand challenges. As part of its three-pronged mission, the Institute is also working to make the U of I campus a model of sustainability, energy efficiency, and environmental friendliness for the world to emulate — and to educate and prepare students to be leaders in these fields when they leave campus.
Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Initiative
As the uniting initiative for health sciences and technology on the Illinois campus, the IHSI supports faculty-driven research by organizing around health challenges, team-building, coordinating projects, and managing grant efforts. IHSI nurtures, builds, and maintains research communities in areas including cancer, precision medicine, and neuroscience. IHSI takes that a step further by fostering connections in these areas between academic researchers and clinical partners, providing outreach support, and creating educational opportunities. IHSI makes a point to fuse technological advances with health science research and fosters medical breakthroughs to help people help themselves.
National Center for Supercomputing Applications
NCSA focuses on digitally-enabled interdisciplinary research and is an international leader in high-performance computing and data-driven science. The Center provides computing, data, networking, and visualization resources and expert support that help scientists, engineers, and scholars at the University and across the country better understand our world.
Prairie Research Institute
The Prairie Research Institute, one of the nation’s most diverse research organizations, provides a unique balance of research, expertise, and data on the natural and cultural resource of Illinois to benefit the state’s economy, environment, and people. The Institute is the umbrella organization for the state’s five scientific surveys: the Illinois Natural History Survey, the Illinois State Archaeological Survey, the Illinois State Geological Survey, the Illinois State Water Survey, and the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center.
Administrative and Compliance Units
Agricultural Animal Care and Use Program
Regulatory oversight and veterinary care for agricultural animals
Division of Animal Resources
Veterinary care and housing for laboratory animals
Division of Research Safety
Comprehensive oversight of research safety and technical assistance to investigators
Office for the Protection of Research Subjects (OPRS)
Compliance with governmental regulations and University policies on the use of human subjects in research
Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP)
Assistance for faculty and staff in the pursuit and administration of sponsored projects and related activities
Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee Office (IACUC)
Oversight of animal care and use by University researchers and students
Office of Corporate Relations
Builds engagement between corporate partners and the University
Roy J. Carver Biotechnology Center
A core user facility that supports research in genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, translational medical research, x-ray crystallography, and biological computing services
Office of Proposal Development (OPD)
Assistance for researchers in the development of sponsored research proposals