While working alongside Rice’s Centers and Institutes of Excellence, ORDI strives to enhance Rice’s position as a major research university, and to garner national and international recognition for its research endeavors.

In response to the current economic environment, the Office of Research Development and Infrastructure has taken the necessary steps to diversify and broaden its base of support for research. As we continue to assist faculty in finding funding for the research, education, and service missions of the University, we are helping to refine the University’s research and development priorities, enabling faculty to better target the funding requests that we make to federal agencies, state government, foundations, corporations, and individuals. Strategically aligning our research and development activities in this way is crucial, as doing so will help us better compete in this environment.


Established this year, the Office of Research Development and Infrastructure intends to carry out its mission through an integrated and interdisciplinary research approach. The Centers and Institutes of Excellence plays a critical role in implementing this mission across all disciplines, as do the University’s intellectual capital and state-of-the-art research instrumentation, equipment, and resources.