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Vice President for Research and Economic Development

From the humanities to the hard sciences, the Vice President for Research and Economic Development offices and units support the planning, implementation and recording of scholarship and research.

The Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development and its coordinating units support campus-wide research initiatives, including setting goals, advocating for resources, and sharing outcomes. In helping faculty achieve research excellence, they work on proposals from concept through submission, review regulations to ensure compliance, and offer training and assistance. They partner with industry and other institutions in ways that benefit the university and the community.

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Leadership Messages

"Research drives us. Whether it results in beneficial inventions and technologies, discoveries that inform our teaching, or creative scholarship, it is core to UB's faculty, staff and students." 

Venu Govindaraju
Vice President for Research and Economic Development 

"Increasingly, UB's successful award-winning researchers are bridging the gap between institutions and industry in their search for solutions to global challenges."

Ken Tramposch
Associate Vice President for Research

Offices Supporting UB Researchers

Staff Directory

Organizational Chart

Contact Information

Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development

516 Capen Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260-1611

PHONE: (716) 645-3321
FAX: (716) 645-6792

Leading Research Centers and Initiatives


UB's NYS Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics & Life Sciences is connecting businesses, scientists and resources to accelerate life sciences discoveries. 


A first snapshot of photosynthesis in action (photo: Mary Zhu) part of the groundbreaking research that promises to transform the way we design and develop drugs. BioXFEL is an NSF-funded Science and Technology Center composed of eight research institutions. 


A $100 million partnership between Buffalo and New York City is leading the nation in genomic research. The Buffalo Institute for Genomics & Data Analytics leverages the university's expertise in life sciences and high-performance computing in collaboration with the New York Genome Center. 


The Center for Computational Research (CCR) is a high performance computing and visualization center that maximizes faculty research and boosts business productivity.


Researchers are using light in novel ways to power our economy and to improve our healthcare. Photonics - the science and technology based on light - is invaluable in nanomedicine.


Businesses compete better using technological innovations discovered through the NYS Center of Excellence in Materials Informatics with its focus on materials and computational sciences.


UB RENEW (Research and Education in eNergy, Environment and Water) Institute brings together faculty and students from across the university to address the critical challenges facing us today.


The Research Institute on Addictions (RIA) studies addictions, substance use and abuse, providing groundbreaking research that can help guide prevention and treatment.


The Center for Integrated Global Biomedical Sciences (CIGBS) collaborates around the world on issues of healthcare research, training and drug development, primarily focused on low-income countries.


As part of a national initiative, the UB Microbiome Center encourages innovative research to improve our health, boost food production and restore the environment.