About ORA

The University of Miami is a rapidly growing research-intensive institution. The Associate Vice President for Research Administration and the Sr. Vice President and CFO for Business and Finance work closely to ensure that the research community receives professional, customer-oriented administrative support and that our extramural sponsors are assured research funds are managed appropriately. Please view our Quick Reference Guide for Sponsored Projects to learn more about sponsored projects and visit the various divisions of ORA below: 

Barbara A. Cole is the Associate Vice President for Research Administration. She provides leadership for sponsored administration which includes proposal review, processing, contract negotiations, award funding, expenditure and compliance monitoring and serves as audit liaison for the Institution for sponsored awards.
Pre Award is responsible for assisting with the review, approval and submission of sponsored proposals, as well as the creation, negotiation and execution of Medicare Coverage Analysis (billing grids), clinical budgets and contracts/subcontracts.

The Post Award unit of ORA is responsible for the post award administration of all sponsored projects at UM. We set up new grant accounts, prepare and submit invoices and financial reports to the sponsors, and close out expired sponsored projects.

Please visit this page to view Clinical Research related information.

The University of Miami (UM) conducts focused research to advance knowledge, enhance student learning experiences, and build its reputation in the scientific and technical communities while providing positive returns on sponsoring partners’ investments.
Strategic Initiatives facilitates ORA automation and streamlining in order to work smarter and improve processes.


ORA is the authoritative entity to review and approve billing rates for the University of Miami.  ORA should be used as a resource to obtain guidance and information concerning compliance with federal regulations and University policies and procedures as they pertain to service center operations.
This page contains the office locations for the Office of Research Administration.

Please visit the Contact Us page to view a list of contact information for all of the Office of Research Administration units.

This page contains the ORA Contact Person based on your campus and department.