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9.2 The Office of Research

Information on all of the programs offered by these various offices is summarized below and provided in greater detail online at See the Other University Offices directory near the end of this publication for a listing of Office of Research personnel, locations, and phone numbers.

The Office of Research is responsible for the coordination and facilitation of the University’s research policies and programs, and promoting research activities across the University’s academic units and among faculty and students. The office is comprised of several research units:

Office of the Chief Research Officer
The Chief Research Officer oversees internal and external support for research at the University and associated research policies. This includes the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP), the Institutional Review Board (IRB), the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), the Radiation Safety Committee, and the University Research Council (URC). Among other responsibilities within the Office of Research, the Chief Research Officer supports faculty in cultivating their personal and professional goals by administering Fordham-funded faculty fellowships, faculty research grants (see sections 9.2.1 and 9.2.2), and other internal award programs to enable the tenured and tenure track academic community to develop competitive research projects with potential for publication or subsequent submission to external funding agencies.

Office of Sponsored Programs
The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) assists the Fordham community with the development, review, and submission of external grant, contract, and fellowship proposals, and is responsible for approving and submitting all such requests on behalf of the University. Faculty members should contact the OSP in the early stages of any proposal for help in locating possible funding sources, assistance with budgets, and compliance with University and grantor regulations. The OSP staff reviews, comments, and collaborates with faculty throughout the proposal process.

TThe IRB and IACUC ensure that federal, state, and University standards are met for the conduct of any research by any member of the Fordham community involving human subjects (IRB) and vertebrate animals (IACUC). All research conducted by members of the Fordham community is subject to review and approval by the IRB and IACUC.

Faculty directing research seminars or conducting classes where students conduct research using human subjects should make inquiries at the IRB Office about the review process by calling 718-817-0876 after consulting the IRB web page,

You are also encouraged to review the External Awards Manual, found on the Office of Sponsored Programs web page at

9.2.1 Faculty Fellowships

Through the Office of Research, Academic Year Faculty Fellowships and Summer Faculty Fellowships are awarded to tenured faculty and non-tenured tenure-track faculty to carry out study and research required for academic development. Awards are made on the basis of the demonstrated research competence of the applicant, the value of the project submitted, and the project’s potential contribution to the University and to the professional development of the requesting faculty member. Please visit the Office of Research web page at for further details.

All faculty who receive one of these fellowship awards should subsequently collaborate with the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) to develop the work from their Fordham fellowship into a future externally funded fellowship, grant, or publication (see 9.2 above).

9.2.2 Faculty Research Grant Program

Through the Office of Research, the Faculty Research Grant program enables tenured and tenure-track faculty to pursue research projects that will lead to new publications and successful external funding applications. Grants provide seed money by providing funds to cover the costs of conducting research. The program gives priority to pilot work for external funding applications.

All faculty who receive one of these grant awards should subsequently collaborate with the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) to develop the work from their Fordham-funded grant into a future externally funded fellowship, grant, or publication (see section 9.2).

9.2.3 Faculty Research Expense Program

The Faculty Research Expense Program is no longer administered by the Office of Research. Tenured and tenure-track faculty can seek small amounts of funding from approximately $100 to $500 from their department or school to support immediate research needs.