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Office of the Executive Vice President for Research (EVPR)

The EVPR establishes and administers the policies governing the conduct of research at the University and oversees the management of its research programs. It also assists investigators seeking external funding, promotes interdisciplinary research and awards seed money for early stage investigations.

Columbia Clinical Trials Office (CTO)

The mission of the Clinical Trials Office is to facilitate quality clinical trial research – the effective and efficient evaluation of new pharmaceuticals and medical devices – by providing the Columbia University Medical Center research community with comprehensive administrative services that help move trials quickly from initial proposal through contract execution. The CTO assists with trials supported by federal and foundation grants and industry contracts, including investigator-initiated trials.

Columbia Technology Ventures (CTV)

Columbia University's technology transfer organization directs and coordinates the University's efforts to evaluate, patent, and license Columbia's research and increase private sector funding for research and development.

Sponsored Projects Administration (SPA)

Sponsored Projects Administration, (SPA), serves as a central resource to support the research community at Columbia University by providing guidance and stewardship for the researchers and administrators on all campuses. SPA aims to provide excellent administrative support to investigators in their pursuit of research and other scholarly activities while ensuring compliance with federal, University and private sponsor regulations, terms and conditions.

Institutional Review Board (IRB)

Columbia University has implemented a comprehensive Human Research Protection Program. The program is charged with the responsibility of ensuring that all human research studies conducted by Columbia faculty, employees, and staff are conducted ethically and in a manner that promotes the protection of participants in research. In accordance with institutional policy, all such research must not only be in compliance with state and federal regulations, but also must meet or exceed the standards of accreditation as set forth by the Association for Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs.

Environmental Health and Safety (EHS)

EHS offers a broad range of services and actively develops partnerships with faculty and departmental personnel to ensure a safe work environment and compliance with University policy and applicable regulations in the most efficient manner possible. These endeavors are realized through programs such as personnel training, chemical hygiene plan, biological safety, environmental safety, fire safety, occupational safety, and asbestos and lead management in compliance with local, state and federal regulations.

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

IACUC acknowledges the extensive medical advancements that are the direct result of animal research and strives to provide guidance to the scientific community in fulfilling the obligation to conduct animal research with the highest scientific, humane and ethical principles.

Research Compliance and Training

As one of the pre-eminent research institutions in the country, Columbia University is dedicated to the highest standards of research integrity. Research Compliance and Training provides links to relevant University policies and government guidelines that govern the research enterprise and to educational and training resource.