Research Resources - Administrative, Regulatory and Educational
This directory provides links to support services, policies, procedures, and regulations related to the conduct of research.
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Office of Research
The Office of Research (OR), a central office reporting to the Vice Provost for Research, is charged with assisting faculty, staff, and students in their efforts to promote and secure sponsored research funding. The OR reviews, negotiates, endorses, and provides administrative oversight related to proposals and awards in accordance with all applicable laws, policies and regulations. The Director of the Office of Research serves as the designated University Officer empowered for both sponsored research activities and export control matters.
Office of Research Accounting
The Office of Research Accounting is a centralized accounting office reporting to the Office of the Chief Financial Officer. The Office of Research Accounting is responsible for the post award management of sponsored research programs. Duties include post award accounting, financial reporting, and administration of funding from acceptance to completion of a sponsored program. To accomplish these duties, significant interactions occur between the Office of Research Accounting, the Office of Research, principal investigators, department administrators, central administration and representatives of federal and non-federal sponsoring agencies.
UPMC Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Support (OSPARS)
The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Support (OSPARS) promotes and facilitates the research, education, and outreach missions of UPMC by supporting and administering administration of sponsored programs and sponsor-initiated clinical trials.
OSPARS facilitates sponsored programs and clinical trials by assisting in reviewing and endorsing proposals, negotiating agreements, accepting and authorizing awards, interpreting sponsor rules and guidelines, and providing post-award administration services.
All clinical trials involving UPMC facilities and/or UPMC personnel must adhere to certain policies and procedures. The purview of OSPARS is to facilitate the review, execution, and approval for all industry-initiated clinical trials at UPMC, as well as, investigator-initiated studies led by non-University investigators/staff (e.g., UPMC physicians not having a University of Pittsburgh affiliation, private physicians having no University affiliation).