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 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

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

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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

Jane Hirtle

Jane Hirtle

Special Projects Manager

Jane Hirtle assists the Vice Provost for Research with special projects, including strategic planning, office and organizational development, and strategic communications with Vanderbilt faculty.

Prior to joining the Office of the Vice Provost for Research in March 2018, Jane managed the Evaluation & Assessment team in the Office of Undergraduate Medical Education at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Jane is a triple Vanderbilt graduate with a Bachelor’s in English and Psychology, a Master’s in Psychology, and a PhD in Psychology.  Her graduate research centered on cognitive and motor development in infancy, particularly the development of tool use in late infancy.  She has been involved with a number of Vanderbilt organizations including the Writing Studio and Center for Teaching, and has been supporting faculty, teaching and coaching students of all levels, and managing large-scale research and administrative projects at Vanderbilt for the past 10 years.

Jane can be reached by phone at 615-343-1343 and by email at