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The Office of the Vice President for Research provides oversight and management of all research functions at Texas Tech. The office is a resource to all faculty members and offers services for every step of the research process, from finding funding to taking a technology to market.

Office of Research Services

This office supports the university's research mission by providing centralized services for submission of proposals and negotiation and acceptance of grants, contracts and cooperative agreements for sponsored projects. Sponsored projects may be funded by public or private sources and may involve research, instructional and engagement/service activities.

The Office of Research Services (ORS) is responsible for: proposal submission; proposal budgeting; sub-contracting; contract negotiation; extensions; reporting; faculty training; and some post award processes.

Office of Research Development

The Office of Research Development works with TTU researchers to form new interdisciplinary research working groups and foster collaborations on campus, across the country and internationally. The office also manages limited submissions for the university. It works with new faculty to identify tailored grant competitions, encourage engagement in collaborative opportunities, and connect with tools and resources in the OVPR.

Office of Research Commercialization

The Office of Research Commercialization (ORC) helps move research discoveries from the university laboratory to the marketplace. ORC services include identifying commercially viable inventions, providing technology assessments, protecting intellectual property with patents and copyrights, leveraging marketing and industry connections to translate research, providing licensing and legal services.

Innovation Hub at Research Park

The Innovation Hub at Research Park is Texas Tech's center for entrepreneurialism and innovation.

The Hub connects entrepreneurs, with Texas Tech and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock faculty and students to enable collaboration in launching new ventures that develop our intellectual property and to foster public-private partnerships between Texas Tech and industry that builds our technology base and the economic strength of our region as a public good.

The Hub is home to a number of programs and facilities to assist entrepreneurs bring their ideas to market, including the Texas Tech Accelerator, Hub Camp and iLaunch competition.

Responsible Research

Responsible Research supports Texas Tech's research compliance program in all research and teaching laboratories and studios as well as responsible conduct of research and research ethics.

Texas Tech encourages all faculty, students and staff to participate in discussions and training about responsible conduct of research (RCR). A variety of training opportunities are available to all members of the Texas Tech community.

Investigator Financial Disclosure – Federal regulations require that Texas Tech have policies and procedures in place to ensure that employees disclose any significant financial interests that may represent an actual or potential conflict of interest in relationship to externally sponsored projects. All investigators need to annually disclose significant financial interests with Texas Tech.

Human Research Protection Program – The Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) is the office that coordinates with the Texas Tech University Institutional Review Board (IRB). All research involving human subjects at Texas Tech must be reviewed by the IRB.

Animal Care Services – The Animal Care Services (ACS) office is charged with providing for the physical and psychological well-being of animals used in research and teaching. The office also aids investigators in obtaining and properly using animals. ACS maintains responsibilities in animal procurement, animal housing and daily care, the provision of veterinary care, health surveillance and preventative care, assisting investigators and their staff with animal procedures, and the care, maintenance and replacement of equipment and facilities.

Environmental Health and Safety – Environmental Health and Safety provides assistance and consultation about minimizing hazards and risks in labs, studios and field sites as well as offering a variety of safety training.

Export Control – Faculty, staff and students at Texas Tech will likely, at one time or another, intersect with federal regulations that impose access, dissemination or participation restrictions on the transfer of items and information regulated for reasons of national security, foreign policy, anti-terrorism or non-proliferation. In these situations, the Texas Tech community is dealing with US export control regulations. The Texas Tech Operating Policy for Export Control establishes policies for federal laws and regulations governing the export of information, products, and technology.

University-Recognized Centers and Institutes

The intent of a university-recognized research center/institute as an approved organizational unit of the university is to facilitate activities for faculty, staff, and students in the pursuit of excellence and achievement in research, scholarship, and creative activity. University-recognized research centers and institutes provide stimulating and organized opportunities to enhance research particularly of an interdisciplinary nature as well as instruction and engagement/outreach beyond what is possible from traditional academic units. Each university-recognized research center/institute should conform to university policies as well as to state regulations and statutes.

General guidelines for determining whether a unit should be titled an institute or a center are as follows:

  • A research center is composed of faculty and potential staff and students who declare a shared technical interest and pursue shared research, instruction and/or engagement/outreach that involve common activities.
  • A research institute is broader and more complex than a research center and may be a collection of centers.

Formal proposals for establishing a university recognized research center/institute should be initiated through the Office of the Vice President for Research according to guidelines established in OP 74.14. A strategic plan for the proposed research center/institute must be clearly aligned with a college or university strategic plan.

Centers/institutes operating solely within an academic department or college may be established by the respective dean. See www.depts.ttu.edu/vpr/researchers/centersinstitutes.php for a comprehensive list of centers and institutes. Those spanning colleges are organized by the VPR's office with Board of Regent's approval and report to the Office of the Vice President for Research.

Research Advisory Council

The Research Advisory Council serves in an advisory capacity to the Vice President for Research on research-related matters. Upon request of the vice president, the committee provides advice and input on such matters as university research policy, research goals, and improving the research climate.

The Research Advisory Council is composed of the Associate Vice Presidents for Research; the Associate Dean for Research from each college, the law school, and the libraries; and a representative from university-supported multidisciplinary centers and institutes. In addition, ex-officio members include the Dean of the Graduate School; the Executive Vice President for Research of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center; a representative of the Office of the Provost; a representative of the Faculty Senate; a representative of the Office of Sponsored Programs Accounting and Reporting; and senior members of the Office of the Vice President for Research.


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