The Office of Research Administration (ORA) is the central office responsible for the support of activities related to research, including internal funding, private industry funding, material transfer agreement and endowed awards. ORA also provides research infrastructure oversight as it relates to offsite freezer storage, research glassware and media facilities.
ORA serves as the authorized signing official for MD Anderson for execution of private industry and material transfer agreements. Through the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP), ORA supports the application and administration of pre-award federal funding and external funding, including the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT). ORA also manages several internal endowed awards that recognize the achievements of MD Anderson faculty and researchers. The endowments which support these awards were established through the generosity of philanthropic donors, including several MD Anderson Board of Visitors members.