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About the Office for Research

The Office for Research supports the research, scholarship, and creative endeavors of all Rutgers faculty.

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With a strong team of great abilities, talents and experience, the Office for Research is ready to partner with you on your research journey.

Senior VP for Research Michael E. Zwick

Michael E. Zwick

Senior Vice President for Research

Executive Leadership Team

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José Miguel Román

Vice President, Research Administration

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Jeetendra Eswaraka

Vice President, Universitywide Core Services

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Todd Slawsky

Assistant Vice President, Finance and Administration

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Marika Dunn

Executive Director, Research Relationships

Deb Perez Fernandez

Deborah Perez Fernandez

Executive Director, Technology Transfer

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Vincent Smeraglia

Executive Director, New Ventures

Our Administrative Units

  • The Finance and Administration team manages the overall business administration and ensures the fiscal responsibility of the Research office, supporting the financial and strategic objectives of the Office for Research and its respective units. The unit also includes:

    • Human Resources - Responsible for managing the employee life cycle, including onboarding, development, and performance management. The HR team provides consultation to management on strategic staffing plans in accordance with the goals and mission of the unit, career paths, job design and compensation, and labor relations.
    • Research Analytics & Systems - The central source of research-related data focusing on data integrity, metrics that support data-driven decisions, developing dashboards, and assisting and/or leading the construction, upgrading and integration of research-servicing systems.
    • Research IT - Develops and manages systems, networks, and processes for research operations, and provides desktop support for the Research office.
    • Research Communications - Research Communications aims to raise the visibility and profile of Rutgers research and bring its impact to life for key audiences through internal and external communications, media relations, digital channels, advertising and marketing. The team also partners with thousands of investigators across the university to shine light on their brilliant and innovative ideas across campus and beyond.
  • New Ventures works with Rutgers researchers to establish new start-ups, connect with potential industry mentors, and provide financial and business development support through commercialization funding programs to advance research and technologies towards commercialization.

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  • Research Administration consists of the following units: 

    • Research & Sponsored Programs - The Research and Sponsored Programs team provides a range of services to faculty and staff seeking funding from public and private not-for-profit sponsors, navigating through the proposal review, submission and award setup process, issuing subawards, and providing educational programs for faculty and staff.

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    • Research Contract Services - Research Contract Services supports the research community with expert contract management services to grow the University’s research enterprise and establish and strengthen strategic alliances with its sponsors. Our team reviews, drafts, negotiates, and executes research and sponsored program agreements, as well as material transfer agreements, data use agreements, and nondisclosure agreements on behalf of University researchers.

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    • Research Financial Services - Research Financial Services performs central financial accounting for sponsored research, and provides post-award administration support services for the university’s sponsored programs and other restricted funds, including the coordination of effort certification processes.

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    • Research Regulatory Affairs - Research Regulatory Affairs helps research faculty, administrators and staff comply with local, state and national laws and regulations, and promotes the responsible conduct of research and the integrity of the scientific record through education, training and certification.

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  • The Research Relationships team develops and maintains universitywide relationships with federal, state, and other entities for sponsored research, developing and coordinating universitywide research partnerships and intelligence.

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  • Technology Transfer aims to partner with the Rutgers community to encourage deliberate innovation, protect and leverage Rutgers intellectual property, foster collaboration with industry, and enable entrepreneurship.

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  • The Universitywide Core Services team supports, builds, and coordinates university-wide specialized laboratories which offer state-of-the-art equipment, unique instrumentation, and shared services managed by scientists with the technical expertise and experience to help other researchers at Rutgers and beyond. These services include Animal Care, which works closely with the Rutgers Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees to provide the highest quality animal care and veterinary oversight of our research animals in support of a shared commitment to humane animal research, and the Rutgers University Biomedical Research Innovation Cores (RUBRIC), which is managed by the Office for Research and bridges the gap between basic and interdisciplinary pre-clinical research for Rutgers faculty. Professional staff at RUBRIC help faculty create translational data for more competitive biomedical grant submissions, and increase collaboration with the private sector.

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