Office of the Executive Vice President for Research Invests in Business Growth

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To create a stronger business and service model to support initiatives, researchers, and continued growth, the Institute is taking steps to structure and expand its research support functions.

In fiscal year 2021, Georgia Tech’s research enterprise — with grants, contracts, and other sponsored activities — totaled a record $1.2 billion, and we’re currently on track. to break this record in fiscal year 2022.

To create a stronger business and service model to support initiatives, researchers, and continued growth, the Institute is taking steps to structure and expand its research support functions to enable research stewardship. world-class and ensure compliance best practices.

This effort reflects the commitment of the Institute and the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research (EVPR) to strengthen service and support functions as the research enterprise continues to grow. This commitment is reflected in the streamlining of processes and roles and the hiring of additional employees at all levels, including 19 new positions for FY2023 in research administration, grants and contract accounting , and research integrity and compliance. Other positions may be added in the years to come as needed. A stronger workforce with improved service levels will enable Georgia Tech to better implement the strategic goals set by the Commission on Research Next, as well as further the Institute’s mission to develop leaders who make advancing technology and improving the human condition.

“Investments made in the people and processes that drive research forward here at Tech will enable us to fully serve the Institute’s strategic research efforts and ensure that our business can innovate and scale to its full potential,” said Tech’s Executive Vice President for Research Chaouki Abdallah. “I’m confident that the positive changes we’re making will help the entire search business grow at a healthy pace.”

Following recent internal reviews, the EVPR team worked in partnership with the Office of the General Counsel and the Office of the Vice President for Administration and Finance to review the research administration functions of the EVPR. ‘Institute. Consulting firm Deloitte also conducted an assessment that covered research administration, grant and contract accounting, procurement, compliance, and pre- and post-award functions – centrally and across departments. units – to help shed light on how to support the growth of the research enterprise.

To increase research visibility, ensure research integrity, streamline processes, and improve the functionality of the EVPR office as a whole – and in addition to the 19 positions mentioned above – a new leadership reporting structure and positions correspondents will be created.

A Director of Research Operations (CROO) will join the EVPR office. This role will lead the new Associate Vice President of Research Integrity Assurance and Vice President of Research Development and Operations. The current position of Vice President and General Manager of Georgia Tech Research Corporation (GTRC) and Georgia Tech Applied Research Corporation (GTARC) will be split into two positions: Associate Vice President of Research Administration (also reporting to the CROO) and Managing Director. for GTRC and GTARC (reporting to the Vice President of the Institute for Finance and Planning).

“At Georgia Tech, it’s our people who make innovative and groundbreaking research possible,” said Abdallah. “By investing in our research infrastructure and creating more efficient processes, we are ensuring that all faculty and staff are fully supported in their work to improve the human condition.”

Searches for newly created positions will be announced in the coming weeks.

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