VUMC Office of Research Core Business Services

Overview of Services

Research is one of Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s core missions. To support that mission, the Office of Research provides professional guidance and administrative expertise to all VUMC investigators. The Office of Research provides information and comprehensive services that assist faculty in their efforts to secure funding and conduct research of the highest quality and worldwide impact. In short, we foster scientific discovery and accelerate the translation of research breakthroughs into better health.  Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) is committed to advancing biomedical science discovery and training across the Vanderbilt community and beyond.  Our commitment includes providing state-of-the-art research core facilities and shared resources that:

 The VUMC Office of Research has developed guidelines for core operations, intended to provide core facility leaders with crucial policy and regulatory information. All shared resources and core facilities should adhere to these guidelines to ensure operations are in compliance with both federal and Vanderbilt policies. The VUMC Office of Research is available to provide business planning, policy guidance, and invoicing support services to all shared resources/core facilities.


Susan Meyn, Associate Vice President for Research Resources
Jessie Pirtle, Assistant Director, OOR Research Finances & Systems

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Location and hours of operation




Links and Resources

Office of Research - Core Administration & Policies
iLab User Guides & FAQs


Billing Number Activation

 VUMC Investigators with VUMC center numbers:
  All VUMC billing numbers are activated in iLab via a nightly feed from Workday. Grant Worktags are auto-assigned to the PI's lab group. All other funds (Cost Centers, Gift or Program Worktags) must be claimed within the PI's Lab Group.
 VU Investigators with VU CoA or POET numbers:
  VU users will manage the VU billing numbers via the webform on the VUMC Office of Research website
 Vanderbilt Investigators with VA (Veteran Affairs) funding: 
  Contact the VUMC Office of Research at to request access to your VA funding.  All investigators with VA funding are assigned a VA billing number (999999xxxx). The VUMC Office of Research manages VA billing numbers in coordination with the VA Research Administration.