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?

Office of Research Administration (ORA) Website Makeover In Progress! Update: April 15, 2014

The ORA's url is now  We're excited about the changes and new content.  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 a new, printable, ORA Staff Directory. 

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



GRANT: Grant and Research Administration News Today

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

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. 

Read Dr. Cushing's Presentation about NSF!

In November 2012, Dr. Bruce Cushing, who is currently serving as a Program Director in the Behavioral Systems Cluster at NSF, came back to UA for a visit.  His presentation to the faculty covered the granting mechanisms and the new annual cycle in the Division of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS).  Click here to read his presentation.

Questions? Comments? Email the ORA