The Research Advisory Board is the faculty advisory committee that counsels the Vice President for Research, and OVPR executive staff, regarding research policies, procedures, and initiatives.  

The Research Advisory Board collaborates and works in unison with several University offices and governing bodies in order to enact the best possible research policies and procedures at all levels. The Board's membership represents the wide range of research fields throughout the University. It meets once a month during the academic year.

If you have issues, agenda items, and or concerns to be addressed to the Research Advisory Board, please contact [email protected]


Linda Abriola (Engineering, Physical Sciences)
Timothy Bewes (English, Humanities)
Linford Fisher (History, Social Sciences)
Greg Hirth (Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences, Physical Sciences)
Erica Larschan (Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Biochemistry, SOM)
Jill Pipher (Vice President for Research; Mathematics)
Andrew Schrank (Sociology, Social Sciences)


Stephanie Endy (OVPR)
Edel Minogue (OVPR)
Jennifer Tidey (SPH)
Ed Hawrot (SOM)

RAB charge from the Faculty Rules and Regulations:

H. Research Advisory Board

1. Charge

The Office of the Vice President for Research Advisory Board shall serve to advise the Vice President for Research, and other senior officers as appropriate, on resources and priorities with regard to University research. The OVPR Advisory Board shall review and make recommendations regarding the University’s policies and programs concerning the Office of Research Administration, the IRB, Brown Technology Partnerships, research funding, external collaborations, interdepartmental communications and other matters within the purview of the OVRP.

The OVPR Advisory Board may create standing and ad hoc committees and sub-committees to handle specific matters under its broad charge. Charges and memberships of the various committees and sub-committees shall be consistent with the charge and membership guidelines governing the creation of Administrative Advisory Boards and shall be made known to the campus by the Vice President for Research.

2. Membership

The members shall consist of the Vice President for Research; a minimum of four faculty members who shall serve staggered terms lasting at least two years. Students and staff may serve, as appropriate.

3. Chair and Staffing

The Board Chair shall be the Vice President for Research. The Vice Chair shall be a faculty member who is elected by the Board at the end of his/her first year of service. The Board shall be staffed by the Office of the Vice President for Research.

4. Procedures

The Executive Committee, consisting of at least the Chair and Vice Chair, shall set the agenda for the Board meetings. The Board shall meet at least once per semester. The Board shall report annually in writing to the Faculty. The report is to be given by the Vice Chair or, in his/her absence, by the Chair.

5. Appointment of Members

Faculty members will be appointed by the Vice President for Research with advice from the Committee on Nominations.