Hagar Chemali teaching, 2022

Faculty Research Support

Faculty Research Funds

Dean’s Faculty Research Grants

SIPA Faculty Grants are awarded annually to support SIPA (SPA) faculty research and public policy analysis. Applications are solicited in the spring semester and awarded funding is available for the upcoming academic year. To learn more, please visit the Dean's Faculty Grants page

Applying for External Grants

The office of Sponsored Projects Administration provides resources and guidance to faculty research supported by external grants. 

SIPA’s designated Senior Project Officer is Jessica Mason, who can be contacted at [email protected]

Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) and Institutional Review Board (IRB)

Columbia University’s Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) is overseen by the Executive Vice President for Research and the Institutional Review Board (IRB). The program is charged with the responsibility of ensuring that all human research studies conducted by Columbia faculty, employees, and students are conducted ethically and in a manner that promotes the protection of participants in research. In accordance with institutional policy, all such research must not only be in compliance with state and federal regulations, but must also meet or exceed the standards of accreditation as set forth by the Association for Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP).

Human research studies that collect personal information or require interaction with vulnerable populations must receive approval from the IRB before commencement.  IRB review is very thorough and typically requires at least six weeks.  Again, the review must be fully completed before human subjects research can begin.

For more information see Columbia University’s IRB Standard Operating Procedures.

Visas for Officers of Instruction and Research

SIPA Academic Affairs will guide officers of instruction and research through the visa application process with Columbia University International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO). Please contact Rita Agyiri, Business Manager for Academic Affairs, if you require work authorization to hold your appointment at Columbia.