Vanderbilt University has changed the title of its Vice Provost for Research to reflect the institution’s commitment to innovation.
According to this news release, Padma Raghavan has been reappointed as Vice Provost with her title now reflecting responsibilities for both research and innovation. The addition of “innovation” to her title and to the name of the office she leads—now the Office for Research and Innovation—reflects the university’s increasing focus on pathbreaking discovery and use-inspired innovation that improves the human condition.
Although the title is new, research and innovation have gone hand in hand since Raghavan joined the Vanderbilt in 2016. The Office of Research and Innovation includes Sponsored Programs Administration, Research Development and Support, Research Integrity and Compliance Program and the Advanced Computing Center for Research and Education, as well as the Vanderbilt Brain Institute, Vanderbilt Data Science Institute, Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale Science and Engineering and Vanderbilt Institute for Surgery and Engineering.
The news release noted that “while innovation is an aspect of the entire office, it has pride of place at the Center for Technology Transition and Commercialization and the Wond’ry, Vanderbilt’s Innovation Center, which have both seen significant growth since moving into Raghavan’s portfolio.”
Concurrent with the announcement, Raghavan also announced the appointment of Assistant Provosts for Research Strategy and for Research Integrity and Compliance along with an Executive Director for Industry Collaborations.