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Research IT Overview

The Vanderbilt Research IT Service aims to provide research consultation and technical solutions to research driven information technology problems. Our goal is to connect end-to-end our users with support services to ensure researchers have solutions for their information technology research problems. 

Services to Researchers:

Research IT Staff can be reached here.

In collaboration with VUIT, we have created a list of helpful links and pages for Researchers in collaboration.  Please see our Research IT Support 2022 slide deck here! This can be a helpful starting point!


In 2017, the Research IT Working Group was charged with laying the groundwork for enhancing research information technology (IT) services for schools and colleges reporting to the provost’s office. The group was tasked to “pilot one-to-three new services critically and broadly needed by researchers.” They were also asked to “inform the development of a long-term plan for sustainably providing services that are implemented by professionally trained and managed IT staff with oversight and input from…faculty and stakeholder engagement.”

Research IT: information technology resources that directly impact research; this is different from other campus IT infrastructure.

Research IT aims to a) maximally leverage existing resources on campus, b) tap into new resources, and c) ensure that the solutions created are financially and administratively sustainable for the institution. Concurrent with these, the committee seeks input on working to advance the long-term cause of using information technology to increase the productivity and visibility of researchers and their output through the formation of Vanderbilt Research IT Resources, managed through the Office of the Vice Provost for Research. This resource aims to connect end-to-end our Vanderbilt researchers and scholars to the research IT resources through technical, consultative services, and enhanced information sharing. Our goal is to leverage our current resources across campus entities. Doing so enables trans-disciplinary innovations through providing sustainable solutions for our Vanderbilt researchers.

Given the wide range of research methods and workflows across the university, combined with the sheer number of technical areas where assistance might be needed, we expect a series of customizable solutions will need to be developed over time. As we begin tracking solutions and needs across campus, we will build on this effort to create flexible, transferable approaches to research IT consultation that will address varied needs across the university, avoid redundancy of efforts, and encourage faculty to develop common solutions and work with third-party IT services, where necessary, in ways that contribute to the development of sustainable and effective research IT solutions at Vanderbilt.

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Get in touch with VU Research IT Resources by emailing Lindsey Fox or calling 615-343-0730.