Resources for Researchers

The Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC) is committed to supporting faculty in their research initiatives. Explore the different resources and offices available to research faculty at CUIMC and Columbia University.

General Resources

Office of the Columbia University Executive Vice President for Research

The Office of the Executive Vice President for Research administers the policies governing the conduct of research at the University and the management of its research programs. The Office assists investigators seeking external funding, promotes interdisciplinary research, and provides seed money for innovative early-stage research. It works to promote an institutional environment that sustains the high quality of the University's research programs, while ensuring that research is conducted in compliance with all applicable laws, regulations, and University policies.

Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons (VP&S) Office for Research

The mission of the VP&S Office for Research is to facilitate the highest caliber of biomedical research, from basic to translational to clinical, among the VP&S faculty, students, and staff at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. The Office works across departments, centers, and institutes to foster interdisciplinary research collaborations, and supports efforts to secure funding for such collaborations.


RASCAL is a web-based suite of IT modules that was developed to simplify the University’s research compliance and administration processes.

Columbia Technology Ventures

Columbia Technology Ventures is the technology transfer office for Columbia University and a central location for many of the technology development initiatives, entrepreneurial activities, external industry collaborations, and commercially-oriented multidisciplinary technology innovations across the university. CTV’s core mission is to facilitate the transfer of inventions from academic research labs to the market for the benefit of society on a local, national, and global basis.

Research Radiation Safety Handbook

A reference guide for faculty and staff who conduct research involving the use of ionizing radiation.

Funding and Grantsmanship for Research and Career Development Activities

This comprehensive course is designed for Columbia University students, post-doctoral scientists, clinical fellows, new investigators, faculty and administrators. Those not wishing to formally register are welcome to audit. This course addresses best practices for grant writing, proposal development, and submission of competitive applications to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other government and non-government funding agencies. Topics addressed include identifying sources of support, the different types of funding mechanisms, planning and organizing research and career development proposals, and the grant application submission and review process (including review criteria).

Sponsored Projects

Sponsored Projects Administration

The Sponsored Projects Administration Office provides a wide array of services and support to the research community, such as pre- and post-award activities that relate to research funding, establish accounts (account set up) within the University financial system, and is responsible for the issuance, negotiation, and establishment of subcontract agreements for awards that involve collaborators outside of Columbia University.

Sponsored Projects Handbook

The Sponsored Projects Handbook has been created to give practical guidance to faculty and administrative staff of Columbia University in the management of sponsored projects funded by both governmental and private organizations.

Sponsored Projects Finance

Part of the Office of the Controller, Sponsored Projects Finance (SPF) includes the Research Policy & Indirect Costs (RPIC) group. These units are responsible for the overall management and operation of post-award financial administration of sponsored programs at the University, including coordination of the University’s periodic indirect cost rate proposal and effort certification processes.

Research Compliance and Procedures

Office for Research Compliance and Training

This office coordinates Columbia’s numerous existing compliance efforts and provides senior leadership with a comprehensive view of the University’s compliance activities.

Animal Research

Animal Research Handbook

The Animal Research Handbook is a companion resource to the Sponsored Projects Handbook. It is designed to be a reference guide for faculty and staff who are involved in research using animals.

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

Columbia University’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is committed to facilitating quality animal research that is conducted in an ethical and responsible manner to further science and to improve human and animal health.

Human Subjects Research

Human Research Protection Office (HRPP) /Institutional Review Boards (IRB)

The Columbia HRPP is composed of all entities, offices, and individuals engaged in and/or responsible for the review and conduct of human research at Columbia University (CU) and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital (NYPH). The program is charged with the responsibility of ensuring that all human research studies conducted by Columbia faculty, employees, and staff are conducted ethically and in a manner that promotes the protection of participants in research.

Clinical Research

Clinical Research Handbook

The Clinical Research Handbook is a companion resource to the Sponsored Projects Handbook. It is geared to the clinical research coordinator and again follows the key phases of conducting clinical research at Columbia, from training to audits.

Clinical Trials Office (CTO)

The Clinical Trials Office (CTO) respects the necessity to maintain rigorous patient safety standards, while still recognizing the importance of bringing medical innovation to patients as quickly as possible. The CTO provides a diverse menu of services to sponsors and investigators to ensure efficient time to market for cutting-edge treatments.