Vice Provost for Research and Innovation

Padma Raghavan, Ph.D.

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Padma Raghavan is vice provost for research and innovation and is responsible for advocating for and overseeing research across Vanderbilt’s ten schools and colleges. She is responsible for the development of Vanderbilt’s trans-institutional research, and she plays a major role in the university’s relationships with federal and private sector sponsors. Her office includes sponsored research administration, policy, integrity and compliance; information technologies for research; and intellectual property, technology transfer, and commercialization through the Center for Technology Transfer and Commercialization. Additionally, she oversees several trans-institutional research centers and institutes, including Vanderbilt’s Advanced Computing Center for Research and Education, Brain Institute, Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy, Center for Integrative Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience, Center for Research on Men’s Health, Data Science Institute, Institute for Energy and the Environment, Institute for Nanoscale Science and Engineering, Institute for Surgery and Engineering, and the Wond’ry.

Raghavan joined Vanderbilt and the Provost team in February 2016. Her priorities include implementing trans-institutional strategies identified in the Academic Strategic Plan, working closely with academic deans and department chairs to advance the quality of the research enterprise, and developing strategies to enhance extramural support. As a firm supporter of “One Vanderbilt”, Raghavan works closely with the Vanderbilt University Medical Center to support its continued strong affiliation with the university and to promote interdisciplinary initiatives, including those that enable major research funding opportunities. She also coordinates oversight of animal care, human research protection programs and environmental health and safety with the Medical Center, and collaborates with the school and college deans and the vice chancellors to support and advance research as it intersects with all of their respective areas.  In addition to enhancing faculty governance and streamlining operations, one of Raghavan’s passions is advancing trans-institutional research partnerships to enable innovations and discoveries that could not happen otherwise, including the launch of Ancora Innovation, LLC, Vanderbilt’s partnership with Deerfield Management, and a first-of-its-kind education partnership agreement with Army Futures Command.

Raghavan is a distinguished researcher in high-performance computing and computational science and engineering and a proven academic research enterprise leader. She is active in the profession, having recently presented an invited talk at the 2018 IEEE/ACM Conference on Supercomputing and through her service as a member of the Advisory Boards of the Computing and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Directorate and the Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC) of the National Science Foundation; the National Academies Panel on Information Sciences at the Army Research Laboratory; the Board of Governors of UT-Battelle, which operates the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory; and the Council of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), which leads SIAM together with its Board and officers.

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