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Office of the Vice President for Research

About the Office of the Vice President for Research

Sponsored Research Services

Supports faculty in facilitating all aspects of externally funded grants and contracts.

RIT’s Sponsored Research Services assists faculty and staff in identifying federal, state and corporate funding opportunities and in the development of grant proposals. It also oversees the negotiation, acceptance and non-financial management of grants and contracts.

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  • David Bond
  • Director
  • 585-475-7983
    585-475-2281 TTY
    585-475-7990 FAX

Research Relations

Assists with connecting researchers to external collaborators, including companies and agencies.

The Research Relations Office manages RIT’s corporate research partnerships. The office assists faculty and staff in identifying and engaging corporate partners and serves as a liaison between RIT and company representatives.

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Intellectual Property Management

Assists with the identification, capture, and commercialization of intellectual property developed at RIT.

The Intellectual Property Management Office manages RIT's intellectual property portfolio and seeks to bring that IP to the marketplace through licensing and formation of start-up companies. The office assists faculty, staff and students in identifying inventions, assessing marketability, applying for patents, and developing a tech transfer strategy.

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Human Subjects Research

Reviews all activities that involved human subjects, from survey research to biological specimens, and human factor evaluations.

The Human Subjects Research Office and the Institutional Review Board at RIT exist to protect the rights, safety, and welfare of the people who take part in research. They ensure that the risks posed to research participants are justified by the potential benefits. The office and board also assist investigators in securing approval to conduct research with human subjects and carry out their work in an ethical manner.

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  • Heather Foti
  • Associate Director
  • 585-475-7673
    585-475-7990 FAX

Research Computing

Provides researchers with access and support to high performance computing resources.

Research Computing seeks to support the campus research community through the hosting and coordination of advanced technology resources in computation and unified grid systems and includes access to large memory machines, tightly coupled clusters, and reliable data storage systems. The office also provides access to external supercomputing centers and Internet2.

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Simone Center for Student Innovation

Promotes and fosters innovation and entrepreneurship through academic programs, a student business development lab, and business development activities.

The Simone Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship promotes and enables entrepreneurial education and development through cutting edge and interdisciplinary course curricula, applied entrepreneurial experiences, and business planning and development. The center also serves as a link between RIT student creativity, the RIT business incubator and the local business community.

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Venture Creations

RIT incubator that provides the RIT community with resources for start-up businesses.

The Venture Creations business incubator utilizes RIT’s research and educational expertise to create new business opportunities and assist current incubator companies in business planning, research and development and technology commercialization. The incubator currently houses 24 companies accounting for over 100 full time positions.

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  • William Jones
  • Director
  • 585-475-6014
    585-475-6020 FAX