Office of the Vice Provost for Research

About the Office

Advancing Excellence in Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities

Welcome to the Office of the Vice Provost for Research at UMass Lowell. As vice provost for research, Julie Chen provides leadership and services to enhance the research mission of the University, by ensuring the oversight and coordination of matters related to research and research facilities and to developing and supporting new grant opportunities. Dr. Chen also serves as a representative and champion of research initiatives on this campus to the world at large. View Dr. Chen's Bio

Julie Chen, Ph.D
Vice Provost for Research   

Phone: 978-934-2226 
Fax: 978-934-3048
Office: Cumnock Hall, First Floor


Offices that report to the Vice Provost for Research

The Office of Research Administration (ORA) provides assistance to faculty and research staff in all aspects of obtaining and managing external research funding. ORA helps to identify funding sources and submit proposals and is the authorized official for proposal submission and award negotiation. ORA assists with administration of grants and contracts from setup through award closeout.

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Institutional Compliance
The Office of Institutional Compliance (OIC) serves as a liaison between the designated Institutional Official in the Provost's Office, who provides Institutional oversight and the committees required by law to oversee these activities, and the faculty, staff, and students who conduct research at UMass Lowell.  Our goal is to comply with all federal, state, and local regulations related to institutional animal care and use, human subject testing, biosafety, and export control.

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Commercial Ventures and Intellectual Property 
The Office of Commercial Ventures and Intellectual Property (CVIP) helps to make the transformation of a concept into a working, marketable product happen. CVIP handles the licensing of intellectual property and new technologies, working with start-ups and established companies. UMass Lowell matches our corporate partners with research collaborators and provides seed funding to promising projects at the University.

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