Research & Creative Activities Organization


The UCLA Research & Creative Activities organization is designed to provide logistical support, policy guidance, strategic advice, and assistance in building relationships in furtherance of the UCLA research enterprise. These functions are overseen by the Vice Chancellor for Research and carried out by the following units within the organization:

Functions of UCLA Research & Creative Activities

The Vice Chancellor for Research serves as the Chief Research Officer for the Campus and is charged with stewarding the academic and creative activity enterprise. The Vice Chancellor is supported by a Deputy Director, part time Advisors, and an Executive Assistant.

Alejandra Elizalde (OVCR Specialist) 
Mary Okino (Deputy Director)
Layla Yarr (Executive Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Research)

Faculty Advisors

Allison Caruth (Advisor to the Vice Chancellor for Research) – Interdisciplinary
Jacob G. Foster (Special Advisor for Strategic Initiatives in Data Science to the Vice Chancellor for Research) – DataX Initiative
Mark L. Green  (Special Advisor for Strategic Initiatives in Data Science to the Vice Chancellor for Research) – DataX Initiative
Todd Presner (Advisor to the Vice Chancellor for Research) – North Campus

The Research Administration division (historically known as “ORA”) provides operational infrastructure, regulatory assistance, and administrative services in support of faculty and other members of the campus research community, as described below:

The Technology Development Group (formerly known as the Office of Intellectual Property & Industry Sponsored Research) serves as a campus-wide gateway to innovation and entrepreneurship. This division of the Research & Creative Activities organization is responsible for:

  • Commercially evaluating new technologies
  • Determining patentability and commercial value
  • Prosecuting patents
  • Marketing and licensing inventions
  • Facilitating faculty startups
  • Engaging industry to facilitate research collaboration
  • Negotiating license agreements and material transfer agreements
  • Receiving and distributing royalties and other income to the inventors, campus and its departments


The mission of the Research Enhancement Office is to facilitate the attraction of extramural research funding, create research relationships, and develop and implement strategies that increase institutional competitiveness. Programs and services in this office include UCLA Grand Challenges, the Limited Submission Internal Selection Process, the Research Enhancement Seriesfunding opportunity newsletters and resources, and other activities designed to facilitate collaboration across the academy.

The mission of the Research Policy & Compliance department (RPC) is to provide guidance and oversight and to ensure regulatory compliance and overall scientific integrity with the various policies, laws and regulations that govern research. Areas handled by RPC include:

  • Conflicts of Interest
  • Foreign Engagement
  • Cannabis & Hemp Research
  • Research Misconduct
  • Export Control Regulations
  • Responsible Conduct of Research

In addition to the various functions encompassed in the above areas, there are a number of responsibilities and faculty committees falling under the jurisdiction of the Vice Chancellor. Broadly we refer to these as “other safety compliance operations” with many of the committees administratively supported by the Research Safety and Animal Welfare Administration (RSAWA) team within Research Administration.