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 September 2017 ORA recognizes Dr. Stephen Strader Assistant Professor of Geography and the Environment

Dr. Strader, conscientiously navigated a multi-institution collaboration, grant proposal, award budget, and related IRB protocol in Cayuse.  Dr. Strader was consistently communicative and collegial throughout the complexities of the process.   He also made a special contribution by pilot testing and troubleshooting the new IRB initial submission form and revised consent template, which improved the IRB application experience for the Villanova research community. 

Many thanks to Dr. Strader, 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 click below.

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

Attention Research Faculty:

  • November IRB Meeting Deadline for Protocol Submissions: Monday 11/13/17

Research investigators who anticipate the need for a October Full Board review of a Human Subjects Research protocol submission: The deadline for the November IRB meeting is Monday, November 13, 2017. The Villanova Institutional Review Board (IRB) meets monthly during the academic year. For more information, please contact or call ext. 4220.


  • 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

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