Mladen Vouk

Research Leadership

As Chief Research Officer, Vice Chancellor Mladen Vouk oversees all NC State research activities.

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Rodolphe Barrangou

Faculty Awards

NC State faculty are highly regarded for advancing innovative technology and research.

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#2 in the U.S. in Licenses and Options Executed

among public universities without medical schools.

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Leadership Team

Mladen Vouk, Vice Chancellor, Research and Innovation

Wade Fulghum, Assistant Vice Chancellor,
Office of Research Commercialization

Genevieve Garland, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research Operations and Communications

Jon Horowitz, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Infrastructure and Development

Rick Liston, Assistant Vice Chancellor,

Lorena McLaren, Executive Director,
Corporate and Foundation Relations, University Development

Pradip Pramanik, Director,
Proposal Development Unit

Shawn Troxler, Associate General Counsel,
Office of General Counsel

Alyson Wilson, Associate Vice Chancellor, National Security and Special Research Initiatives

Office of Research and Innovation Units

Office of the Vice Chancellor

Chief Research Officer (CRO) for NC State, the Vice Chancellor is responsible for the central units supporting the university’s sponsored research enterprise. In addition, he provides leadership and direction for 13 cross-disciplinary centers and institutes.

Contact: Miriam Hines, Administrative Officer, 919-515-2117
Speaking engagements: Request Form (unity ID required)
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Research Operations and Communications

Research Operations and Communications provides leadership in development, planning and implementation of Office of Research and Innovation’s strategic goals and initiatives. The Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research Operations and Communications is a liaison to the Vice Chancellor and acts on his behalf. The unit provides logistical (both administrative and operational) support to all Office of Research and Innovation units in the areas of strategic initiatives, reporting, centers and research cores, research development activities, communications, marketing, web services, special events, etc. The unit leads all communications, marketing and web activities for Office of Research and Innovation and facilitates activities between Office of Research and Innovation units and University Communications.

Sibyl Smith, Executive Assistant and Springboard Office Manager, 919.515.6183
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Integrated Support Service Center

The Integrated Support Service Center (ISSC) provides proposal, financial and administrative support for Office of Research and Innovation’s centers and institutes as well as principal investigators across the university who are not affiliated with a college research office. Streamlining these services eliminates costly duplication and creates efficiencies. Staff Directory

Research Development

The Research Development Office (RDO) enhances collaborative research and lays the foundation for sustainable research growth. The office plans strategies to pursue large-scale projects, manages limited submission funding opportunities and Office of Research and Innovation’s seed-funding programs, develops NC State’s research infrastructure, and provides administrative oversight for centers and institutes.

Lisa Dyer, Executive Assistant, 919-515-6124
Emily Callihan, Research Planning and Limited Submissions, 919-513-3955
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Centers and Institutes

NC State’s Centers and Institutes provide platforms for the sharpest minds across the UNC system to collaborate, investigate and discover solutions to our global community’s greatest challenges. In addition to providing support for the centers directly under the Vice Chancellor’s authority, Office of Research and Innovation provides oversight for UNC General Administration reporting.

Larisa Slark, Centers and Institutes Specialist, 919-515-9333
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Proposal Development Unit

The Proposal Development Unit (PDU) supports large-scale projects by providing strategy development, technical writing, and budget creation expertise. In addition, the PDU coordinates webinars and workshops geared toward helping researchers write winning proposals, leads the university-wide Proposal Development Network, and produces an electronic newsletter with timely proposal development tips.

Jessica Brown, Project Assistant, 919-513-2566
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Research Administration and Compliance

Central research administration support is provided by Sponsored Programs & Regulatory Compliance Services (SPARCS). Sponsored Programs assists with proposal submission, agreement negotiation, and administration of sponsored projects. Regulatory Compliance  oversees conflicts of interest and commitment management, export controls, facility security matters, and research integrity. Staff Directory

Research Commercialization

The Office of Research Commercialization (ORC) excels at moving research innovations through the commercialization process. Licensing professionals provide a range of services to inventors to protect, market and license the intellectual property developed at NC State. In addition, ORC assists new ventures generated from NC State inventions navigate the start-up process. Staff Directory

National Security and Special Research Initiatives

National Security and Special Research Initiatives lead the NC State Data Sciences Initiative (DSI), the Laboratory for Analytical Sciences (LAS), and the National Laboratories Initiative. This team is also charged with strategic research development around national defense initiatives and quantum computing.

Partner Offices

Corporate and Foundation Relations

The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations supports NC State faculty and staff by initiating, cultivating, and coordinating strategic relationships with non-government corporations and foundations that can lead to grants and charitable support.

Federal Relations

The Office of External Affairs, Partnerships and Economic Development serves as the primary liaison between the university and the federal government in order to increase understanding of and support for NC State’s federal agenda, primarily focused on NC State’s federal research initiatives. The Director of Federal Relations communicates federal policy changes and effects change in those policies when they would adversely impact the operations of NC State. Staff Directory

Office of General Counsel

The Office of General Counsel provides legal and risk management advice on a wide variety of matters to the Board of Trustees, the Chancellor, senior officers, other university administrators, and faculty and staff who are acting on behalf of the university. The Office of General Counsel is committed to serving these individuals by facilitating creative and collaborative solutions, and providing advice to assist them in their daily decision making and to further the university’s goals and initiatives.

Partnerships and Economic Development

Centennial Campus Partnerships and Industry Alliances build relationships between the university, industries, government agencies, and nonprofits, streamlining access to important resources on and off campus. Economic Development assists businesses and other organizations interested in expanding their operations in North Carolina and works closely with local and state government. Staff Directory


The vision of the Office of Research and Innovation is to be instrumental in making an impact on society’s grand challenges through NC State’s emergence as a preeminent research university.


The Office of Research and Innovation supports research, scholarship, and creative activities of the NC State community, facilitates a collaborative research and innovation environment, and translates results into social, economic, and technological development across North Carolina and around the world.

  • Office of Research and Innovation supports the NC State community by identifying strategic research areas and specific funding sources, assisting in proposal development, providing professional development, encouraging partnerships, and providing administrative oversight and support services.
  • Office of Research and Innovation facilitates an efficient and collaborative research and innovation environment by maximizing access to existing resources, identifying needs, coordinating activities to secure new resources, and promoting an interdisciplinary research culture.
  • Office of Research and Innovation translates results by licensing IP, leveraging resources, launching start-up companies, communicating the value of our work, and fostering partnerships that lead to social, economic, and technological development.