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Research Administration

The Office of Research Administration (ORA) oversees and supports research activities across the University of Maryland’s research enterprise. ORA works to facilitate the submission of all sponsored project proposals on behalf of the University, and helps researchers and business officers administer projects when contracts and grants are awarded to the University.

ORA's contract administrators review each proposal to ensure compliance with laws and regulations and university policy. They work with researchers, business officers and other administrators to resolve problems of institutional financing, cost sharing, contractual terms and budget matters. ORA reviews and advises on matters of new or revised federal and state laws, rules, regulations, and procedures that affect research administration at the University.

Research administrators provide the link between research activities and research outcomes, ensuring that University research is in compliance with the highest standard of excellence and integrity, including authorship and publication; data management and reporting; export compliance; conflict of interest and conflict of commitment disclosures and transparency; mentorship; use of human subjects and animals; and laboratory, biological and radiation safety, among other areas. To that end, the Office of Research Administration is dedicated to providing University of Maryland faculty, students, trainees, and staff with the support, education, and resources necessary to ensure a culture of integrity in every aspect of their work.

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