Office of the Vice Provost for Research, Padma Raghavan

Vanderbilt faculty are recognized for path-breaking discoveries, scholarship, and leadership in higher education.  I work collaboratively with university leadership and faculty to promote Vanderbilt’s distinctive research culture, which aspires to improve the human condition.

The role of my office has been expanded from its past definition based on faculty feedback. In addition to overseeing the university’s research portfolio, I also oversee implementation of the university’s new future vision and trans-institutional strategies and work closely with Provost Wente, the academic Deans, the Vice Provosts, and the faculty at large to advance the quality of the research and scholarship university-wide.  Our plans include developing strategies to enhance extramural support for research and advanced studies from all sources– corporate, foundation, federal, and philanthropic, advancing a cohesive and vibrant international research agenda, and seeking key partnerships around shared priorities in research. I work with the inaugural Vanderbilt University Research Council in my advocacy for the research and scholarship missions of all disciplines at Vanderbilt.

Vanderbilt is a preeminent global research university, and I welcome you to seek out our researchers for collaborations that can address  the challenges facing science and society.

For inquiries, please contact us at ovpr@vanderbilt.edu.

Padma Raghavan, Vice Provost for Research and Professor of Computer Science and Computer Engineering
Office of the Provost

Office of the Vice Provost for Research Staff

Wil Comstock

Wil Comstock

Senior Executive Secretary

Wil Comstock serves as the central point of contact for our office and manages the Vice Provost for Research’s calendar in addition to keeping the office running smoothly. Please contact Wil if you would like to schedule a time to meet with Vice Provost Raghavan.

Wil has been with Vanderbilt for 15 years.  He has previously worked in the Medical School Admissions Office, Risk Management, the Center for Molecular Toxicology, and most recently as Roger Chalkley’s Executive Secretary in the BRET Office.  He completed the Vanderbilt Program for Research Administration Development in February of 2015. 

You can reach Wil by phone at 615-343-1339 and by email at wil.comstock@vanderbilt.edu.

Janiece Harrison

Janiece Harrison

Assistant Provost of Research Operations and Director of Sponsored Programs Administration

Janiece Harrison is Director of Sponsored Programs Administration, the unit responsible for pre-award services for grants and contracts at Vanderbilt University, and she serves as Assistant Provost of Research Operations, coordinating various research support services that have natural linkages and should be leveraged. She oversees Global Support Services, the Research Integrity Program, works closely with the Office of Contract and Grant Accounting on post-award and reporting functions, and gathers input from our researchers and staff to represent research administration’s IT needs in the SkyVU project. 

Janiece can be reached by phone at 615-322-1722 and by email at janiece.harrison@vanderbilt.edu.

David Spielman

David Spielman

Special Projects Manager

David Spielman assists the Vice Provost for Research with special projects, including strategic planning, office and organizational development, and strategic communications with Vanderbilt faculty. He currently oversees the limited submission process for Vanderbilt University and coordinates with Corporate and Foundation Relations and the Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Office of Research in this role.

Prior to joining Vanderbilt in March of 2016, David directed communications for the Institute for CyberScience at Penn State University, where he earned his Ph.D. in English. His research focused on interpreting the thousands of sums of money presented in eighteenth-century English novels by calculating present-day buying power and examining historical sums in their original context. He designed and taught the course on writing for publication for incoming graduate students in the Chemistry department in addition to teaching courses for the English department for ten years on literature and writing to students of all levels across the university.

David can be reached by phone at 615-343-1343 and by email at david.spielman@vanderbilt.edu.