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. 


Research Administration Recognizes the PI of the Month 

Each month, Research Administration 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 Research Administration, and recognition to the Chair and Dean of their department/college.


For March Research Administration recognizes Dr aaron Wemhoff, Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering.

Dr. Wemhoff is recognized for his proactive work with sub-award set up and monitoring. He set up a meeting with his contacts in the Office of Grants and Contracts to discuss the pre-award requirements, pre- and post-award documentation, and his role in post-award monitoring. He reviewed the required subaward documents along with the federal requirements for sub monitoring. By reviewing the requirements prior to proposal development, he determined that one external company would likely be too risky to engage as a sub, and instead is building his team from Villanova personnel. By working proactively, proposal development and submission will be a much smoother process and he will be able to focus more on the scientific parts of the proposal.

Many thanks to Dr. Wemhoff 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 see below.

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

Upcoming Events

Attention Research Faculty:



During the maintenance window, parts of the Research Suite will be intermittently unavailable (including Cayuse 424, SP, and IRB), but all existing records will be preserved and no action will be necessary on the part of any end user. Please note, even if your application appears to be working, we strongly advise against attempting to enter data during the maintenance window.


  • NSF Announcement

Starting on April 30, 2018 will be available to submit non-collaborative NSF proposals. In preparation for that, NSF has opened a test site for PI’s to familiarize themselves with’s submission mechanism. Please visit from now until April 27th to test and provide feedback on important new features coming into our future. For more information click HERE


  • Research Protections - Open House

All investigators, scholars, students and staff working with human subjects are invited for Open House meetings at the times and dates listed below

- Date: April 13

Time: 12-4 p.m. (30-minute slots)

Host: Dr. Rani Muthukrishnan, Director, ORP

Bring your new projects for discussion, share experiences and concerns about the IRB process, seek additional resources to complete IRB application. Useful for new and seasoned investigators.



  • NSF Requires Institutions to Report Sexual Harassment Findings.  For more information Click Here


  • Changes to NSF’s PAPPG:

Please see the notice form NSF about changes to the PAPPG, effective January 29, 2018:  Significant changes can be found here:

  • Changes to the NIH’s Application:

Application packages with a due date on or after January 25, 2018 must use FORMS-E.  See NOT-OD-18-009 for more information:

  • NSF has released the revised Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG).  

This will be effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 29, 2018. There will be a webinar on December 8, 2:00 PM EST to review the changes. Registration is available here

  • 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

For more information:






Quick Links

Tentative 2018 IRB Meeting Dates

March 19
Deadline for Full Board Submission: March 1

April 18
Deadline for Full Board Submission: March 28

May 16
Deadline for Full Board Submission: April 25

June 20
Deadline for Full Board Submission: May 23

July 18
Deadline for Full Board Submission: June 27

August 15
Deadline for Full Board Submission: July 25

September 19
Deadline for Full Board Submission: August 22

October 17
Deadline for Full Board Submission: September 26

November 14
Deadline for Full Board Submission: October 24

December 12
Deadline for Full Board Submission: November 20

January 2019
Deadline for Full Board Submission: December 17

Contact Information

Office of Research Administration
Middleton Hall Rm 1st
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085

For general questions, contact or 610-519-4220.