The Research Affairs and Industrial Relations Office (RAIRO) is the first point of contact for faculty members who are seeking financial support for their research. The RAIRO provides researchers with access to information on the funding programs of the major national and industrial granting agencies as well as a multitude of less prominent funding sources. The RAIRO maintains an up-to-date research funding database that can be searched by key word to identify appropriate funding sources.
RAIRO is responsible for maintaining sponsored research relations between the University and industry. Proposal development and contract negotiation services are provided by RAIRO to faculty members wishing to work with industrial organizations. In cooperation with the faculty, research staff, and the various units of the University, RAIRO works to achieve more meaningful University-industry relations. RAIRO provides faculty members with information about funding sources, processes applications for support, establishes successful contract, supports high standards of ethical conduct and financial accountability in research, and provides financial reports to sponsors. Research and other sponsored activities are monitored by RAIRO which provides proposal development and grant administrative services to faculty and staff seeking support from state and local government agencies.
Efforts are made to keep informed of opportunities with industrial organizations and agencies and to keep them informed of the contributions University personnel can make to their research and public service needs. Due to the number of industries and organizations and numerous localities, agreement formats offered by industries and organizations vary considerably and may contain provisions that are inconsistent with the policies of the University. Therefore, it is essential that each agreement be reviewed by RAIRO prior to acceptance or initiation of work.
Subject to general policies and procedures of the University, discussions regarding the technical statement of work should be carried out by the faculty member who will serve as Project Director. However, faculty members are not authorized to negotiate the general terms and conditions of agreements, but should refer such negotiations to RAIRO.