The Office of the Vice President for Research operations team supports the research mission of The University of Iowa by providing essential financial and human resources functions for research centers, institutes, and individual investigators.

The team handles the important human resources and financial administration functions that enable the research mission of The University of Iowa. By managing payroll, benefits, expenses, budgets, and compliance for research staff and projects, they free up researchers to focus on their research programs.

The team's responsibilities include:

  • Managing payroll and benefit services for research staff funded from extramural grants and contracts. This includes hiring, onboarding, processing timesheets, managing leaves of absence, benefits enrollment and changes, and termination of research employees.
  • Providing financial services and oversight for all extramurally funded research projects. This includes establishing accounts, processing expenses, performing budget oversight and reporting, and managing subcontracts and consulting agreements.
  • Negotiating indirect cost rates and other terms related to grants and contracts that fund research projects.
  • Administering related policies and procedures to ensure compliance with sponsor, state, and federal requirements for research administration.
  • Providing assistance, consultation, and training to researchers, administrators, and staff to support efficient and effective research administration.

Looking for research administration roles at The University of Iowa? Explore opportunities in finance, HR, compliance, and more, and support cutting-edge research.

Resources for Staff

The OVPR Operations Team hosts a Sharepoint site with a variety of resources for staff, including:

  • Budget Information
  • Department Information
  • Awards and Recognition
  • Performance Management
  • OVPR Working At Iowa Survey Results
  • Professional Development
  • Frequently Used UI Policies & Procedures
  • Facilities
  • Forms
  • TIER Information and Updates
  • Recruitment

If you have a specific HR or Budget question, contact your HR-Unit Representative, found on the ‘My ePersonnel File’ page in Self-Service.

Contact Us

Grant Carl

Grant Carl

Human Resources Coordinator
Lauren Galliart portrait

Lauren Galliart

Administratie Services Coordinator
Portrait of Wendy Loney

Wendy Loney

Director of Operations
Senior HR Director
Sarah Tallman portrait

Sarah Tallman

Associate Director of Operations
Sarah Tillman

Sarah Tillman

Assistant HR Director, Talent Acquisition
mike weaver

Michael Weaver

Program Manager, Executive Assistant to the Vice President
Kristen Wolf

Kristen Wolf

Budget / Finance Officer

Equal opportunity/affirmative action employer

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth and related conditions), disability, genetic information, status as a U.S. veteran, service in the U.S. military, sexual orientation, gender identity, or associational preferences.


Persons with disabilities who need assistance or accommodations with the application or interview process may contact University Human Resources/Faculty and Staff Disability Services, (319) 335-2660 or fsds@uiowa.edu.  For jobs in UI Health care, please contact UI Health care Leave & Disability Administration at 319-356-7543.