The Office of Research Administration (ORA) facilitates faculty research by identifying funding sources, assisting in proposal development, reviewing and endorsing proposals, negotiating agreements, accepting and authorizing awards, interpreting guidelines with agency and University policies; and providing oversight and support to all areas of research compliance (including human subjects, animals, biohazards and export control). 

U.S. Mailing Address: 
The University of Akron 
Office of Research Administration
Akron, OH 44325-2102
Street Address:
225 S. Main Street
Akron, OH 44309
Campus Location:
Polsky Building- Suite 284
Phone: (330)972-7666
Fax:     (330)972-4850

What's New?

2014-15 Faculty Research Summer Fellowship Competition

Deadline:    Friday, January 23, 2015, 4:00pm

See this year's program announcement or the Faculty Research Committee page


GRANT: Grant and Research Administration News Today 

Check out the October 2014 issue of GRANT, the monthly newsletter from the Office of Research Administration.


Office of Research Administration (ORA) Website Makeover! Update: August 2014

If you haven't yet updated your bookmarks, make sure to add the ORA's new url,  ORA's homepage includes a live calendar and new dates are being added daily, including "Research for Lunch" sessions as they are scheduled.  On the Staff page, you'll also find an up-to-date, printable, ORA Staff Directory.  We're excited about the big changes and new content going live for Fall 2014.  

If you have suggestions, questions, or can't find something you need, email

Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI) Policy for Investigators Participating in PHS/NIH Funded Research

In August 2011, PHS issued revised regulations on Responsibility of Applicants for Promoting Objectivity in Research for which Public Health Service Funding is Sought and Responsible Prospective Contractors.  The regulations are effective as of August 24, 2012.  Click here for more information.

NSF Requirement for Students and Postdoctoral Fellows for Training in Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) and Tutorial

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training is mandated by an NSF ruling that became effective January 4, 2010. UA must certify on every proposal submission to NSF that a program is in place and available to students and postdoctoral fellows. To meet this requirement, the university has subscribed to the online RCR training program provided by the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI)

Principal Investigators will be responsible for insuring all NSF-funded students and post-docs have taken their training. 

To assist students and post-docs in complying with this NSF mandate for training in RCR, ORA is providing a tutorial on navigating the online course that UA is using to meet this requirement. View the pdf tutorial HERE

If you have any questions, please contact your ORA Grants Coordinator. 

Questions? Comments? Email the ORA