Office of Research Programs and Services (ORPS)

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Phone Number

Email Address



Jane Bancroft Cook Library



Office Hours

Monday - Friday

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


ORPS’ mission is to encourage and assist faculty in obtaining and administering external support for research, instruction, community service projects and creative artistry. In doing so, ORPS supports NCF, designated by the State of Florida as the “honors college for the liberal arts,” in its endeavor to provide an undergraduate education of the highest caliber to leading students from around the country. ORPS fulfills its mission and that of the College through best practices of research administration, following federal and state mandates.


ORPS strives to attract external support for New College’s research and scholarly endeavors through agreements, awards, contracts and grants with the government, nonprofits, foundations and corporations. We do so by encouraging collaboration and interdisciplinary research activities, by facilitating local, regional, national and international partnerships in research and by enhancing efficient infrastructure to support research activities that foster intellectual discovery, creative problem solving and the dissemination of knowledge.

For inquiries regarding grants and contracts contact [email protected] and for inquiries regarding Institutional Review Board applications and information contact [email protected].

Our Services

Pre-Award Services

  • Discussing project ideas
  • Suggesting funding sources or ways to identify funding sources
  • Demonstrating how to use funding databases
  • Overseeing institutional endorsement procedures (internal clearance process via required proposal check list)
  • Helping to interpret application guidelines
  • Advising you during the early stages of narrative and budget development
  • Serving as educated general readers of proposal drafts
  • Advising on the use of human and animal subjects in research
  • Following up on the status of proposals
  • Negotiation of contracts and grants
  • Writing of subcontracts

Post-Award Services

  • Grant management
  • Monitoring compliance with sponsor requirements, including new agency requirements and/or changes in contractual and grant regulations
  • Approval of budgetary changes
  • Monitoring time and effort reporting
  • Providing dissemination of policies and procedures related to sponsored agreements awarded to the college
  • Providing professional and helpful interaction between the college community and funders

Resources for Faculty

Visit the NCF Community Pages (MyNCF login required) to find information on funding opportunities, policies, procedures and forms, proposal advice, and more.

ORPS Staff

Cathy Cuff

Sponsored Projects and Academic Budget Specialist

Active Awards

New College of Florida recognizes researchers who have recently been awarded grants.

Institutional Review Board

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) reviews projects and experiments involving human subjects that take place at New College. The IRB makes sure that the experiments are conducted under the basic ethical principles of respect to the persons involved, beneficence and justice.

All research by New College faculty, staff and students involving humans must be reviewed and approved in advance by New College’s IRB. This means that if you are going to conduct an experiment involving humans, you need to get IRB approval before you can start collecting your data. Depending on your project, the review process can be detailed, as it is very important to make sure your experiment meets ethical standards.

Find guidelines, rules, and forms relating to the IRB on the NCF Community Pages (MyNCF login required).

The NCF IRB is concerned about the safety, rights and welfare of all individuals participating in research projects at NCF. We take all research concerns or complaints very seriously. Noncompliance with ethical standards, federal regulations, other laws, or institutional policies must be reported to the IRB. Additionally, researchers should self-report noncompliance to the IRB.

To resolve minor research concerns or complaints, you may prefer to speak directly with the study investigator(s). We do, however, understand that you may not wish to speak with the study investigator directly in some circumstances. We can help you whether you wish to speak with the study investigator(s) or not.

If you prefer to share your concerns or complaints directly with the IRB, please provide the following information via email to [email protected]. All information will be kept confidential and will only be used to contact you to follow up on this report. If you decide to work with the study investigator(s) directly, most research studies have a consent form or information sheet that is given to you when you are considering whether you wish to participate in the study. The consent form or information sheet will include a “Questions” section that will explain how you can contact the study investigator directly, if you wish to do so.

Information Requested:

  • Study Name or Description
  • Name of Study Investigator(s)
  • Your name and position in relation to the study (i.e. study participant, site supervisor who has approved the investigator(s) presence at your site, or a bystander/witness to the circumstances of the complaint.
  • Please briefly describe the concern or complaint. This should include the date and location of the incident(s) and whether you were directly involved, witnessed the behavior in question, or had it reported to you. If it was reported to you, please include the date you heard about the complaint, and whether the reporting was verbal or in writing.
  • Have you discussed this concern or complaint with the study investigator(s)? If so, please provide dates and outcomes.
  • Please provide any additional information you find relevant.

IRB staff will review the information you have provided and will attempt to address your concern or complaint as quickly as possible. We will contact you within 5 business days with a follow-up.

You will not be harassed, discriminated against, or be subject to any reprisals or retaliations for reporting violations in good faith. You may provide the information anonymously. If you choose to reveal your identity, you will be protected to the extent possible by law.