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Office of the VPR

The University of Houston is committed to advancing its status as a competitive Tier One public research university. UH is designated as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University and we have the infrastructure needed to support future success.

The Office of the Vice Chancellor/Vice President for Research and Technology Transfer provides support and strategy to the research enterprise across campus. Specific subsidiary offices specialize in helping to administer and manage grants; overseeing compliance with federal, state and university regulations; managing patents, copyrights and trademarks, and working with faculty to file patents for inventions; helping to bring UH discoveries to the marketplace; and encouraging productive relationships with funding agencies, charitable foundations and private industry.

From preparing proposals to managing a grant or contract to translating research into reality, faculty can find the research resources they need for each step of the process.


Amr Elnashai is the Vice Chancellor for Research and Technology Transfer for the UH System and Vice President for Research and Technology Transfer for UH.

Dr. Claudia Neuhauser is the Associate Vice President/Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Technology Transfer at the University of Houston.




Dr. Jack Fletcher is the Associate Vice President for Research Administration. Dr. Fletcher, who is also the Chair, Department of Psychology, oversees a system to manage DOR centers that includes strategies, implementation plans, technical reviews, plans for sustainability, uniform reporting and financial oversight; manages the relationship between DOR and the Research and Scholarship Committee (RSC) of the Faculty Senate, including internal grant processes; and advises the Vice President of Research on strategic directions, capacity building and research policy.


Ashley Merwin
Executive Assistant to the Vice Chancellor/Vice President for Research

Hannah Niven
Executive Administrative Assistant