Research Administration

Office of the Executive Vice President for Research

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The executive vice president for research, reporting directly to the president of the university, has overall responsibility for the university's research enterprise, encompassing a broad spectrum of research departments, institutes and centers in the natural and biomedical sciences, the social sciences and the humanities. The Office of the Executive Vice President for Research works to foster the continuation of Columbia's long history of discovery and creative endeavors and to promote an environment that sustains the highest standards of scholarship, health, and safety. 

Columbia Clinical Trials

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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. We assist with trials supported by federal and foundation grants and industry contracts, including investigator-initiated trials. 

Sponsored Projects Administration

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Sponsored Projects Administration, formerly Research Administration, 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.

Sponsored Projects Finance

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As the recipient of financial support from federal and other sponsors to support the conduct of research, training, public service and other programs, as well as support for student financial aid, Columbia University is obliged to comply with regulations imposed by those sponsors.

A primary mission of Sponsored Projects Finance is to work together with principal investigators and their delegates to make sure that funds received from sponsors to carry out the important work of the university are used in accordance with the terms and conditions of those awards.

Procurement Services


The Purchasing Office and Accounts Payable Department are part of Procurement Services. Click on the following links to navigate to the departmental website you wish to view:

Institutional Review Board: IRB

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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

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Environmental Health and Safety provides expert guidance and timely service to the university community through a commitment to health and safety. Employing best practices and collaboration, and building long-term relationships, promotes a productive and  safety-conscious work environment.

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee

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The Columbia University Institutionial Animal Care and Use Committee 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

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As one of the pre-eminent research institutions in the country, Columbia University is dedicated to the highest standards of research integrity. On this site you will find descriptions of many of the offices and departments at Columbia with responsibility and oversight for various elements of research as well as links to their websites. You will also find links to relevant University policies and government guidelines that govern the research enterprise and to educational and training resource.

Postdoctoral Affairs

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The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs was established in February 2006 to serve the needs of the university's postdoctoral research scientists, scholars and fellows. Our mission is not to only enhance the educational and training experiences of the postdoctoral officers but also to serve as an information repository and liaison among postdocs, faculty, and administrators.



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