Office of Research

Funding Opportunities and Proposal Development

Office of Research Development
The Office of Research Development offers an extensive array of services to assist researchers – especially those working on large, multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional center proposals, but also those working on smaller individual-investigator applications – through any or all stages of the proposal preparation process.

Request proposal assistance

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Grant Submission and Sponsored Projects

Office of Sponsored Projects
The Office of Sponsored Projects provides assistance in the development and submission of proposals and award acceptance to external sponsors.

General Questions:
Pre-Award Concierge: SPARC.CONCIERGE@RICE.EDU, 713-348-2508

For Emergencies (internal customers):
Note that SPARC observers University holidays and closures. Any proposal deadline should be coordinated prior to the deadline in accordance with SPARC’s 5 day rule. For emergencies related to grants & contracts or compliance contact Aaron Parvis, Assistant Vice President for Sponsored Projects or Dr. Ramamoorthy Ramesh, EVP for Research.

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Industry Contracts and Intellectual Property

Office of Technology Transfer
The Office of Technology Transfer manages intellectual property, licenses Rice technologies, and drafts agreements to support research at Rice University.

Intellectual Property and General Questions:

Agreement Questions:

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Integrity, Compliance & Lab Management

Office of Research Integrity
The Office of Research Integrity supports the ethical and regulatory aspects of research for the Rice community.

General Questions:
IRB/Human Subjects Research: IRB@RICE.EDU, 713-348-3586
IACUC/Laboratory Animal Research: IACUC@RICE.EDU, 713-348-2342
IBC/Biosafety in Research: IBC@RICE.EDU, 713-348-7349
Conflicts of Interest and Commitment: CONFLICTS@RICE.EDU
Export Controls/International Collaborations: EXPORTCONTROLS@RICE.EDU
Research Misconduct: INTEGRITY@RICE.EDU, 713-348-6200

Any suspected or actual unethical or wrongful conduct should be reported. Additional information, including confidential and anonymous reporting, is available through the Office of Ethics, Compliance and Enterprise Risk, online at, or via the Ethics Hotline at 866-294-4633.

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Research Security

Office of Research Security
The Office for Research Security recognizes the importance of striking a balance between research security while maintaining an open and collaborative partnership with the international community.

Tam Dao, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice President for Research Security

Equipment Capabilities at Rice

Shared Equipment Authority
The purpose of SEA is to support and provide state-of-the-art research equipment capabilities for Rice University and the extended Rice community.

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Machine Shop

Research Support Shop
Rice’s Research Support Shop, better known as the Machine Shop, has a full-time team of highly skilled technicians who create precision tools and machines that help Rice scientists complete their research and experiments.

Shop Work Order form

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K-12 STEM Education

Rice Office of STEM Engagement (R-STEM)
The Rice Office of STEM Engagement (R-STEM) supports and promotes Rice University's wide-ranging efforts to improve K-12 science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in all Greater Houston Area school districts.

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Assessment and Evaluation of STEM Programs

Ha Nguyen, Ph.D.
Director, Assessment and Evaluation of STEM Programs

Diversity and Inclusion for Research Programs

Theresa Chatman, M.S.
Director, Diversity and Inclusion for Research Programs