Research Support Offices
These are the offices that keep University research running smoothly. Please visit the Research Support website for more details on research administration at BU.
Industry Engagement builds strategic long-term relationships with industry, creating road maps that identify areas of mutual opportunity. They work with industry partners to navigate BU’s many disciplines, departments, schools and colleges, identifying the best talent, best research, and best ways to engage students and faculty.
The Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Office (IBRO) facilitates new and current areas of interdisciplinary biomedical research by supporting strategic and faculty-driven initiatives that stimulate existing and new biomedical research and training across BU.
Foundation Relations builds sustainable, mutually beneficial partnerships between the University and the charitable organizations that share our research, teaching, and social service missions. We pursue this goal through three, related strategies: Faculty Assistance, Coordination and Stewardship, and Fundraising.
The Office of Research supports all aspects of research at BU, overseeing and coordinating between all the University’s research support offices and reporting centers to facilitate BU research.
The Professional Development and Postdoctoral Affairs team works with postdocs, doctoral students, and faculty mentors on both campuses to identify and provide career and educational resources and to create new opportunities for personal and professional development.
Research Compliance helps faculty, administrators, and staff involved in research comply with city, state, and national laws and regulations, and maintain standards of integrity, quality, and ethics.
Sponsored Programs specializes in assisting faculty and administrators in proposal review and submission, award negotiation and acceptance, and related University policies and procedures. SP is the coordinating office for pre-award and post-award needs.
Works toward commercial applications of the groundbreaking research and discoveries taking place every day at Boston University.
Assist faculty members and researchers in communicating their expertise and achievements to external audiences through op-ed assistance, media training, and social media consulting.
University-wide Research Centers & Institutes
Each of the following centers and programs reports up to the Office of Research.
Seeks to understand, explain, and solve seemingly intractable problems of racial inequity and injustice. Fosters exhaustive racial research, research-based policy innovation, data-driven educational and advocacy campaigns, and narrative-change initiatives—working toward building an antiracist society that ensures equity and justice for all.
Improves societal resilience against the threat of emerging and epidemic infectious diseases worldwide through research, training, and advocacy.
Supports, enhances and disseminates transformative collaborative research in network systems biology across both the Medical and Charles River Campuses to establish BU as a world leader in mapping molecular networks, foster collaborative interdisciplinary network systems biology research at BU, and devise and provide access to technical innovations.
Fosters cutting-edge, interdisciplinary collaborative research linking neural mechanisms to human behavior, and will generate and provide access to technical innovations to enhance understanding of neural systems.
A multidisciplinary research center committed to expanding our understanding of the brain across multiple levels. The CNC is home to several state-of-the-art facilities including a 3T Siemens MAGNETOM Prisma MRI scanner.
Advances policy-oriented research for financial stability, human well-being, and environmental sustainability. Conducts rigorous policy research, provides a convening place for scholars and stakeholders, engages in policy dialogue with policy makers, civil society, and media, and offers experiential learning for BU students.
Assists and promotes faculty research, and enhances BU’s curricular offerings and communication products related to sustainable energy and the environment.
Advances academic and technological research in interdisciplinary nanoscience and nanotechnology that is leading a revolution in basic materials science and engineering.
The NEIDL is a state-of-the-art research facility that supports the work of investigators who focus on infectious diseases that are—or have the potential to become—major public health concerns. The facility houses biosafety level 2 (BSL-2), BSL-3, and BSL-4 laboratories, which are designed to permit investigators to work safely with these emerging pathogens.
Provides extensive, state-of-the-art facilities as a unique resource for the development of advanced photonics device prototypes for commercial, military, and health care applications.
Advances the science of computing while initiating and propelling collaborative, interdisciplinary research and training through computational and data-driven approaches.
Other Reporting Offices
The Danielsen Institute’s mission is to alleviate suffering and to promote healing, growth, and change in the persons, communities, and institutions which they serve through clinical service, training, research, and teaching which emphasize depth psychotherapy and are informed by spiritual, religious, and existential perspectives. The Danielsen Center for the Study of Religion & Psychology is located within the institute to carry out the research mission.
Conducts research and engineers solutions for biotechnology, photonics, manufacturing, renewable energy, and many more industries.
Promotes and advances the adaptive urban leadership strategies necessary to support cities as dynamic centers of economic growth and development in the 21st century.