Research Resources - All
A variety of research support services are available to assist University of Pittsburgh investigators in advancing their research programs. You can find resources categorically by choosing one of options below or search the entire directory through the keyword search option.
To submit updates, or to request the addition of a resource, please contact Paul Wood at firstname.lastname@example.org or (412) 648-9618.
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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.
Office of Research Integrity
The Office of Research Integrity is available to faculty, staff, and students to answer questions about the application or interpretation of research integrity standards. It also advises academic units in the planning of periodic educational sessions to alert their faculty, graduate students, and other researchers to research integrity issues. The Office of Research Integrity is responsible for coordinating and overseeing the conduct of inquiries and investigations by peer faculty groups into allegations of research misconduct and for maintaining liaison on these matters with outside agencies that sponsor research. To consult with the Research Integrity Officer or to request copies of the Research Integrity Policy (University Policy 11-01-01) or the Guidelines for Ethical Practice in Research, telephone 412-624-3007.
Office of Research, Health Sciences
The Office of Research, Health Sciences (OORHS) mission supports the emerging and established research enterprises within and across the six Schools of the Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. The OORHS serves the University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences community by:
- Identifying opportunities to bring investigators together for multidisciplinary research collaborations and programs
- Providing project management and editorial assistance for multi-investigator grant applications
- Providing review and editorial assistance for grant applications prepared by Health Sciences faculty members
- Maintaining the Application Repository To Help University Researchers (ARTHUR), which includes successfully funded grant applications submitted by University of Pittsburgh researchers
- Providing “boilerplate” grant narrative text on core resources, research infrastructure, and institutional background information
- Administering the Competitive Medical Research Fund (CMRF) and the Health Sciences Bridge Funding Program
- Compiling and disseminating funding announcements and federal and University research policy changes
- Providing guidance to new research faculty in the Schools of the Health Sciences
- Maintaining an online handbook for biomedical researchers
- Coordinating the assignment, renovation, and construction of Health Sciences research space and infrastructure
- Fostering the development and use of research resources and core facilities
- Providing administrative oversight to the Division of Laboratory Animal Resources (DLAR)
Office of Technology Management
Launched by the Office of the Provost in 2013, the Innovation Institute is the University's hub for activities that promote and foster innovation and entrepreneurship on campus and throughout the Pittsburgh region. The Innovation Institute is built on a foundation supported by education, collaboration, communication, and economic development.
The goals of the Institute are to encourage and support innovation and entrepreneurship on campus and in the community, and to foster a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship at Pitt among faculty, staff and students.
Peptide and Peptoid Synthesis Core
The Peptide and Peptoid Synthesis Core provides comprehensive services for synthesis, purification, and characterization of synthetic peptides and peptoids. State-of-the-art microwave technology enables the high quality production of long and otherwise difficult to synthesize sequences. The purity and integrity of each synthesis product is confirmed by HPLC and mass spectrometry.
Facility personnel are available for consultation with investigators regarding the design of synthesis peptides and peptoids, estimates of yield, and considerations of purity requirements. Peptides and peptoids can be produced at standard scales of 0.025 mmol (10-20mg), 0.05 mmol (20 -40 mg), 0.1 mmol (50-100mg), 0.2 mmol (100-200mg), and 0.5 mmol (300-500mg), with actual yields dependent on peptide length and content.
Peptides can be prepared with custom modifications including but not limited to acetylation, biotinylation, phosphorylation, cyclization, and fluorescent dyes. The facility has the capacity to produce certified peptides for use in phase I and II human clinical trials with appropriate production documentation for submission to the FDA and other regulatory agencies.
Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center
Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center provides university, government, and industrial researchers with access to several of the most powerful systems for high-performance computing, communications and data-handling available to scientists and engineers nationwide for unclassified research. PSC advances the state-of-the-art in high-performance computing, communications and informatics and offers a flexible environment for solving the largest and most challenging problems in computational science. As a leading partner in XSEDE, the National Science Foundation program of coordinated cyberinfrastructure for education and research, PSC works with its XSEDE partners to harness the full range of information technologies to enable discovery in U.S. science and engineering.
Radiation Safety Office
The University of Pittsburgh Radiation Safety Office is responsible for ensuring that all sources of licensed radioactive material and ionizing radiation producing equipment, which fall under its responsibility, are used optimally and safely. The office also ensures that these sources of ionizing radiation are used in compliance with applicable federal and state regulations and with institutional licenses. The University of Pittsburgh Radiation Safety Program covers all of the main and regional campuses in addition to UPMC Presbyterian/Shadyside, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, and Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC.
Rangos (Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh) Core Facilities
For a complete listing of research resources available through the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh (CHP), please link to their Core Facilities web page.
- Cell Imaging Core I Laboratory
- Cell Imaging Core II Laboratory
- Flow Cytometry Core Laboratory
- Histology Core Laboratory
- Animal Imaging Core Laboratory
Research Conduct and Compliance Office (RCCO)
The Research Conduct and Compliance Office (RCCO) is the umbrella organization for the various offices that support the committees involved in the oversight (non-financial) of the University’s research enterprise.
The mission of the Research Conduct and Compliance Office is to oversee and facilitate the conduct of ethical and regulation-compliant human and animal subject research through an integrated system of research review, audit and educational programs established in a manner that maximizes institutional effectiveness.
The RCCO consists of the following offices: the Institutional Review Board Office, the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee Office, the Conflict of Interest Office, the Education and Compliance Offices for Human Subject Research and Animal Research, the Radiation Safety Office, the Embryonic Stem Cell Research Oversight Committee, the Office of Investigator-sponsored IND and IDE Support (03IS), and the Recombinant DNA Office. A description of each of the respective offices is included in this guide.