Research at UM

Founded in 1925, the University of Miami (UM) fondly known as “the U” was South Florida’s first university. Today UM is a national research university, comprised of five campuses that house 11 schools and colleges. With approximately $325 million in annual research and sponsored expenditures, UM’s faculty are actively engaged in research, scholarship and creative activities that span the biomedical and clinical sciences, engineering, education, psychology, marine and atmospheric sciences, ethics, the humanities, arts, music, marketing, business, and politics.

For the fifth year in a row the U has ranked in the top 50 in U.S. News & World Report’s annual “America’s Best Colleges” issue. In the 2014 report, UM is ranked No. 47 out of 281 institutions nationwide and remains the No. 1 school in Florida. Once again, The Princeton Review named UM a Best Southeastern College in 2014, and ranked it No. 3 for Race/Class interaction.

The University of Miami is ranked No. 193 of 400 top world universities by the Times Higher Education, which bases its 2012-2013 World University Rankings on teaching, research, knowledge transfer, and international outlook.

Research and scholarship are integrated parts of every School and College. Check out the School and College descriptions for more detailed information about research and scholarship at UM or take a look at some recent highlights from research, scholarship and creative activities around the U:

  • Top stroke neurologists and researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and UHealth were part of a major international research consortium, studying 520,000 people from around the world, that identified 22 new genetic risk factors for stroke, thus tripling the number of gene regions known to affect stroke risk.
  • At UM Sylvester Cancer Center, doctors are applying a targeted, site-based approach to treating cancer. This means that multidisciplinary teams of dedicated, board-certified physicians with expertise studying and treating specific types of cancer (based on the site where the cancer originates in the body) oversee care. This approach provides patients with state-of-the-art care from physicians who are not only cancer specialists, but sub-specialists in a particular type of cancer.
  • The school of Architecture broadened its international network by establishing a partnership focused on sea-level rise with Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands and by teaming up with Tsinghua University of Beijing, China, to mount international design studios and other collaborative teaching and research activities.
  • The 2017 Inaugural Smart Cities Conference, Co-led by UM’s Center fir Computational Science (CCS), brought industry visionaries, technology experts, start-up innovations, and the public together to explore the “disruptive effect” that new technologies will have on our cities and lives. A daylong workshop introduced “Zenciti”, a smart city in the Yucatan designed by an interdisciplinary team. Read about the 2nd annual Smart Cities Conference here.
  • At the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, the National Science Foundation funded research in the Indian Ocean’s Agulhas Current, one of the strongest currents in the world, revealed the current had widened rather than strengthened, an important discovery with implications for global climate change.
  • The College of Engineering’s new Fortinent Cyber Security Lab, funded by the California-based Internet security provider Fortinet, is designing revolutionary ways to keep digital information safe.
  • Frost School of Music faculty are working with a multidisciplinary team of researchers and medical professionals from UM and universities across the country to address the effects of audible medical alarms within clinical settings. The experts are focusing on the cognitive and behavioral connections between clinicians and the standardized alarm sounds. Often overwhelmed by the number of alarms and their collective noise, clinicians expressed the need to minimize alarm frequency without compromising the ability to indicate the level of urgency.
  • The Simulation Hospital at the School of Nursing signals a transformation in the education of healthcare professionals and disaster preparedness in South Florida, with potential for national and global impact. Designed to replicate the true flow of activities in a real-world healthcare system, it will serve as a high-capacity community resource where healthcare students, professionals, first responders and corporate partners will convene to learn, design, test and master practices and technologies to improve both disaster preparedness and the patient care experience.

Research Offices
Administrative Support for Research

Four UM offices collaborate to provide a comprehensive infrastructure to support the research, scholarship and creative activities of the faculty, physicians, students, staff, and trainees including:

  • providing specialized facilities, modern research infrastructure, and a safe environment
  • assisting in identifying and obtaining extramural funds
  • providing oversight of regulatory and compliance aspects, including human subject protection, conflict of interest management, and animal welfare protection
  • managing relationships between UM researchers and funding entities, including pre and post award administrative support
  • supporting commercialization of promising UM technologies

Office of the Vice Provost for Research (OVPR)

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research facilitates scholarship, creative activities, and scientific discovery, and the responsible conduct of research. Serving all University of Miami campuses, Schools, Colleges, Centers and Institutes, the OVPR serves the UM community by:

  • assisting in identifying and obtaining extramural funds
  • managing internal award programs and limited submission competitions
  • overseeing core and shared resources
  • support for the development and review of Centers and Institutes
  • providing regulatory and compliance support for the research mission including human subject protection, conflict of interest management, animal welfare protection, export control and technology management, research integrity, biosafety, stem cell research, and responsible conduct of research instruction
  • providing administrative support for the University Research Council

Office of Research Administration (ORA)

The Office of Research Administration serves the Coral Gables, Miller School of Medicine and Rosenstiel Marine School communities by providing:

  • Budget Development Pricing Assistance
  • Medicare Coverage Analysis
  • Review, Approve and Submit Proposals
  • Contract/subcontract development, negotiation and execution
  • Award Receipt, Negotiation and Acceptance
  • Sponsored account opening and budget distribution
  • Sponsor, Regulatory and Expenditure Compliance
  • Financial and Effort Reporting
  • Billing and Collecting
  • Account Reconciliation and Closeout
  • Research Administration Training
  • Liaison with University of Miami hospitals, Jackson Memorial Hospital, Institutional Review Boards, Partners, and Medicare Fiscal Intermediaries and Administrative Contractors
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