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Executive Vice President for Research

There are several offices under the EVPR that help to establish and moderate all policies and govern the conduct of research at Columbia, including all research departments, institutes, and centers.

Clinical Trials Office

The Clinical Trials Office provides the CUMC research community with administrative services required to set up and execute clinical trials.

Disability Resources

The Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action manages Columbia’s Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination Policies. Contact this office to learn about your rights, request mediation or counseling, or to seek information about how University policies apply to specific situations.

Environmental Health & Safety

EHS establishes and monitors work environments at Columbia, to ensure individual safety and reduce/eliminate the environmental impact of the University’s research activities.

Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC)

IACUC provides guidance to all researchers at Columbia who conduct animal research, and strives to ensure that this community adheres to the highest scientific, humane, and ethical principles.

Institute of Comparative Medicine (ICM)

ICM ensures humane care of animals used in research at Columbia, and makes sure that all care is in compliance with state and federal policies.

Institutional Review Boards – Medical Center

The IRB works to make sure any research in which humans will be asked to participate is well planned and ethical. The IRB must approve any study with human participants.

Institutional Review Boards – Morningside

The IRB works to make sure any research in which humans will be asked to participate is well planned and ethical. The IRB must approve any study with human participants.

Office of Research Compliance and Training

The Office of Research Compliance and Training educates researchers in the Columbia community about research integrity; any questions about research integrity can be first addressed here. Also, you may use the Training Finder, an online tool to help you determine which research courses you must take to be compliant in your area of research.

Office of Research Initiatives

The Office of Research Initiatives works to foster the interdisciplinary research, and supports efforts to secure funding for research collaboration. This office also administers Columbia’s internal review and nomination process for funding opportunities that limit the number of proposals any one institution is allowed to submit.


The Ombuds Office offers a confidential and impartial safe place for any member of the Columbia community to seek advice about workplace issues, academic concerns, interpersonal conflicts and many other concerns.

Columbia Technology Ventures

CTV’s mission is to facilitate the translation of academic research into practical applications, and to educate and serve as a resource for the Columbia community on matters relating to entrepreneurship, intellectual property, and technology commercialization.

Sponsored Projects Administration

SPA serves as the central resource to support the research community at Columbia. Some of their services include review and submission of proposals, award negotiation and acceptance, account setup, and grants education. 

Office of Work/Life

The Office of Work/Life fosters the well-being of the Columbia community and its people in their pursuit of meaningful and productive academic, personal, and work lives. Their office provides a central location for relevant programs and services available throughout Columbia University.  



Faculty Handbook

Postdoctoral trainees are Officers of Research at the university. The Faculty Handbook outlines University policies for all Officers of Research, including post-docs. Information on appointments and promotions, leaves of absence, compensation, termination, and grievance procedures can be found in the Faculty Handbook.    

Sponsored Projects Handbook

The Sponsored Projects Handbook outlines Columbia’s policies on finding funding, preparing sponsored projects proposals, and managing sponsored projects.  It is a very useful reference for those who want to apply for funding or find information regarding setting up their own research initiatives.

CUMC Conflict of Interest Policy

Statement of University Policy on Conflicts of Interest

Guidelines for Situations Involving Potential Conflicts of Interest Between
Scholarly and Commercial Activities


Postdoctoral Research Scientists/Scholars/Fellows are only eligible to take one course per term through the American Language Program



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