Administrative Support Units
Our units assist researchers and promote innovation through internal funding opportunities, proposal and award management, research oversight, business engagement, and technology commercialization.
See the OVPR Organizational Chart for more details.
Biosafety Level 3 (BSL-3)
The BSL-3 Program provides management support and oversight for the University of Minnesota biocontainment facilities, which are designed to safely handle and store human, animal, and plant infectious agents or toxins. This program also supports the development of projects using Risk Group 3 pathogens for research or clinical diagnosis.
The University of Minnesota Genomics Center provides genomic technologies and services for researchers and clinicians at the UMN, and for external academic and industry scientists throughout the United States and internationally.
Human Research Protection Program
The Human Research Protection Program processes IRB submissions, supports independent research review committees, and assists the executive committees comprising chairs and vice-chairs from other panels.
Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee reviews research projects involving animals to ensure proposed activities follow all policies and procedures governing animal research.
Institutional Review Board
The Institutional Review Board reviews research projects involving human participants, working with investigators to ensure adequate protection and informed, uncoerced consent.
Technology Commercialization protects and licenses University-developed technologies and nurtures University technologies with startup potential.
Office of Biotechnology Activities Oversight
The Office of Biotechnology Activities Oversight is the administrative unit for several University committees that provide research oversight including: biosafety (IBC), embryonic and pluripotent human stem cells (SCRO), dual use research of concern (DURC), human gene transfer pre-review, and fetal tissue (FTR).
Office of Cost Analysis
The Office of Cost Analysis provides analytical, cost accounting, and effort reporting expertise in support of the UMN’s research mission.
Office of Research Information Systems
The Office of Research Information Systems is OVPR's information technology team and specializes in the identification, implementation, exploitation, and support of information system solutions to benefit all aspects of OVPR’s research administration services and to enable research activities at the institution.
Research Advancement supports interdisciplinary initiatives, administers UMN research grant programs, guides research infrastructure planning, and directs research policy and review. See OVPR funding.
Research Animal Resources (RAR)
Research Animal Resources provides the University of Minnesota research community with animal care, procurement services, veterinary knowledge, and maintenance of housing facilities for animal-related research activities.
Research Compliance Office
The Research Compliance Office investigates compliance concerns, oversees research ethics and compliance education, and manages compliance programs related to financial controls and the protection of humans and animals in research.
Research Computing manages several University-wide research computing services that provide resources for compute- and data-intensive research to the UMN research community.
Sponsored Projects Administration
The Office of Sponsored Projects Administration supports faculty in seeking, acquiring, and managing externally sponsored funding for research, training, and public service projects.