The mission of the Office of Research Administration (ORA) is to provide collaborative administrative support, efficient systems, and technical expertise to facilitate scholarship, research, and discovery within the Emory community from inception through application and dissemination.


The Office of Research Administration (ORA) will support the overarching mission of the research enterprise by executing four distinct areas of focus:

#1: We will continue to recruit and develop a solid and supported workforce.

  • Recruit and retain highly competent and effective team members to support Emory’s research environment
  • Implement One ORA: a robust orientation, onboarding, and ongoing career development program

#2: We will enhance ORA partnerships.

  • In partnership with the Assistant and Associate VPs for research, the VPRA will cultivate and strengthen collaboration with Emory researchers, departments, units, and schools through active engagement.
  • Connect and welcome new faculty to ensure a smooth transition of research portfolios
  • Solicit regular feedback from stakeholders related to received and needed research support services

#3: We will continue to pursue operational efficiency.

  • Collect and communicate operational metrics related to research volume, timeliness, and quality
  • Implement external program reviews for each functional ORA office
  • Assess and implement continuous quality improvement projects led by the ORA Strategic Operations Team

#4: We will continue striving to build and maintain a robust and resilient research infrastructure.

  • Create and implement research policies and procedures to optimize research growth and protection
  • Modernize information technology solutions for research in partnership with OIT
  • Collaborate with schools/units to optimize shared governance, reporting, and communication