About Us

The Vice Provost for Research and Innovation for the University of Arkansas serves as the Chief Research Officer and reports to the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. In this position, the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, Office of Research Compliance, Technology Ventures, High Performance Computing Center, and University of Arkansas Press have reporting lines to him.

The University of Arkansas, founded in 1871, is the state's land-grant and flagship institution, offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide variety of disciplines.

Dr. James Rankin serves as Vice Provost for Research and Innovation.


The mission of the Office of Research and Innovation is to support faculty conducting externally funded research; to involve students in the research enterprise; and to spur economic development in the State of Arkansas through the commercialization of university research.


The vision of the Office of Research and Innovation is to advance the University of Arkansas toward its goal of becoming one of the nation’s top 50 public research universities by 2021.

Core Values

The Office of Research and Innovation has the following core values:

  • To provide excellence in customer service to faculty, staff, students and external constituents
  • To provide research development and research administration services that help faculty grow their research program
  • To provide a research compliance atmosphere that helps researchers stay within regulatory constraints
  • To encourage researchers to involve graduate and undergraduate students on research projects
  • To promote an entrepreneurial spirit among faculty and students that will help them commercialize their innovations
  • To promote economic development in the region, state and nation
  • To promote international collaboration by encouraging researchers to work with partners from different cultural backgrounds and national environments