Office of Research Administration

The Office of Research Administration (ORA) at Villanova University provides service to faculty, staff, and students while protecting the institution in sponsored programs, technology transfer, and research compliance. 


ORA Recognizes the PI of the Month 

Each month, ORA recognizes a Principal Investigator (“PI”) who contributed positively to the administration of research at Villanova, including both grants administration and research compliance. PIs are nominated for: being proactive, improving processes, collaborating effectively, and demonstrating concern for quality. Recipients receive a small gift from ORA, and recognition to the Chair and Dean of their department/college.

For Nov/Dec 2017 ORA recognizes Dr. Joseph Toscano Assistant Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences

Dr. Toscano converted a complex legacy (paper) IRB protocol to the electronic Cayuse IRB format. The new record resulted in a clear and understandable set of Cayuse protocols, enabling the IRB to accurately assess and help mitigate risk to subjects, with the added benefit that his protocols could be managed more efficiently in the future. Dr. Toscano was responsive, congenial, and courteous throughout the process, demonstrating understanding of the regulations, ethics, and administrative processes that guide the IRB approval process.

Many thanks to Dr. Toscano, and to the rest of the nominees for this month, for your positive contributions to Villanova! 

To read about all our previous PI of the Month winners see below.

* PI of the Month archive.docx
Previous PI of the Month Winners

Attention Research Faculty:


  • Changes to NSF’s PAPPG:

Please see the notice form NSF about changes to the PAPPG, effective January 29, 2018:  Significant changes can be found here:

  • Changes to the NIH’s Application:

Application packages with a due date on or after January 25, 2018 must use FORMS-E.  See NOT-OD-18-009 for more information:

  • NSF has released the revised Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG).  

This will be effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 29, 2018. There will be a webinar on December 8, 2:00 PM EST to review the changes. Registration is available here

  • The National Institutes (NIH) of Health has tutorials on preparing and submitting NIH grant applications.  Click here for more information on the tutorials. How to Apply videos topics include:

Overview of the Application process

Part 1: Prepare to Apply

Part II: Write the Application

Part III: Submit

For more information:




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