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Research at Boston College

Vice Provost for Research

office of the provost and dean of faculties

Cuporouse-Sulfide nanowires prepared in the laboratory of Prof. Dunwei Wang (Chemistry)
Cuporouse-Sulfide nanowires prepared in the laboratory of Prof. Dunwei Wang (Chemistry). The nanowires illustrated are about 250 nm in diameter. By comparison, a strand of human hair varies from 40,000 nm (40 um) to 120,000 nm (120 um) in diameter.



Teaching and research are two of the principal faculty responsibilities at Boston College.  The process and products of research are essential elements in Boston College's intellectual community. In addition, the integration of research and student formation are particularly appropriate at a Jesuit university.

Research Policies at Boston College The Office of the Vice Provost for Research (VPR) seeks to provide the conditions for success for both student and faculty research at Boston College.  The mission of the VPR’s Office is to design policies and procedures that make the research effort more efficient, effective, and transparent at Boston College. 

Additionally, the VPR’s Office assists with internal funding such as:


Operational Efforts

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research headlines two groups that advocate for research excellence at Boston College.

The University of Research Council (URC) advises the Vice Provost for Research about issues that affect the research success of our students, faculty, and staff. The VPR appoints faculty members for a three-year term.

The University of Research Operations Committee (UROC) is a faculty driven initiative in collaboration with the VPR’s Office to improve research operations at Boston College.  The primary goal of the UROC is to identify opportunities that will make conducting research at BC faster, easier, and more efficient for the Principle Investigator. Additionally, Ignite and RADS proposals will be a function of the committee.



Meet Our Team

Thomas C. Chiles
Vice Provost for Research and Academic Planning
DeLuca Chair in Biology

Tom joined the Provost's Office in August 2013 from the Biology Department.

Guillermo Nuñez

Executive Director of Research Administration

Bill joined the Office of the Vice Provost for Research in August 2013 from the Higgins Operations and Business Service Department.


Fast Facts & Statistics

  • Research awards at Boston College have reached an all-time high. Since 1992 there has been significant growth in the level of sponsored support at the university, increasing from $14,556,952 in the Fiscal Year 1992 to $60,133,499 in Fiscal Year 2010.
  • Over the past 14 years, the number of proposals submitted increased from 167 in 1992 to 327 in 2010, while the number of funding actions increased from 138 in 1992 to 356 in 2010.
  • The Boston College Libraries is a member of Association of Research Libraries (ARL), an association of 120 major research libraries in North America.