About Us

Welcome from the Vice Chancellor for Research & Innovation

Terri Fiez, Vice Chancellor for ResearchWelcome to the Research & Innovation Office at the University of Colorado Boulder. Our office serves as a focal point for the investment in campus research, scholarship, and creative works, and strives to provide the infrastructure and administrative support necessary to promote and sustain our world-class faculty and research programs. CU Boulder has programs of excellence in all of our schools and colleges, and is home to 5 Nobel Laureates, 7 MacArthur 'genius' Fellowship recipients, over 50 faculty who are members of their respective disciplinary national academies, and well over 150 recipients of prestigious Packard, Guggenheim, Fulbright, Searle, NEH, and AAAS Fellowships.

The Boulder campus has a long (>50 year) tradition of interdisciplinary research and enjoys formal research relationships with numerous nearby national research laboratories including NIST, NOAA, NCAR, USGS, and NREL, as well as with numerous industry partners who draw on the unique talents and resources of our campus to fuel innovation and economic development. The environment for research, scholarship, and creative works at the University of Colorado Boulder is truly unique and unlike any other. We invite you to learn more about the exciting things that are happening here at CU Boulder!

Terri Fiez, Vice Chancellor for Research & Innovation

The Research & Innovation Office (RIO) includes the following:

Office of Contracts and Grants (OCG)

The Office of Contracts and Grants (OCG) is responsible for the administration of sponsored research agreements and funding. OCG’s mission is to assist faculty, staff, and students with obtaining and managing external support for their sponsored projects. OCG protects the university’s interests by reviewing and approving the submission of sponsored project proposals; negotiating contract and grant awards; monitoring the implementation and administration of sponsored projects; enforcing campus, university, and sponsor policies and procedures; providing training to faculty and staff; and serving as the university’s liaison with sponsors and regulatory agencies.

Office of Industry Collaboration (OIC)

OIC helps companies navigate the campus whether the goal is to seek an academic partner or new hires, develop employee education and training opportunities, cultivate new product ideas, or promote itself to future employees and customers.

Technology Transfer Office (TTO)

TTO provides patent and other commercialization support to researchers at CU's four campuses, and serves as a liaison for industry partners interested in commercializing CU technologies.

Office of Research Integrity (ORI)

The Office of Research Integrity assists all CU Boulder researchers in conducting research that meets the highest standards of ethical and regulatory compliance. ORI coordinates seven main areas of research administration:

Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA)

The OPA enhances and supports postdoctoral training and career development, helps build a sense of community among postdocs, and serves as a resource to campus and affiliated national labs. The OPA works collaboratively with the Postdoctoral Association of Colorado (PAC) and on-campus offices to develop relevant workshops and helps connect postdocs and their mentors with programs and resources at CU Boulder.

Related Offices

Additionally, the following CU offices, which are separate from RIO, offer important services for conducting research at CU Boulder:

Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S)

EH&S provides comprehensive environmental, health and safety services to minimize health and safety impacts to the campus and the greater Boulder community.

Sponsored Project Accounting (SPA)

SPA is a part of the Accounting and Business Support (ABS) unit and assists in the post-award administration of the monetary aspects of sponsored projects.