Biography and History

The University Research Board, which consists of six faculty members from different departments, is an advisory committee to the president on all research conducted at Princeton University. From 1946-1959, this function was performed by its predecessor, the 5-member Committee on Project Research and Invention.

With the amount of research being done at the University as well as the level of funding this research required skyrocketing, it was decided that a more formal supervisory board was necessary to formulate general policies for the conduct of sponsored research as well as to review research proposals, and so the University Research Board was formed in 1959. In the 1970s with such massive projects as the Plasma Physics Laboratory looming on the horizon and the number of incoming research proposals rising every year, most of the University Research Board's administrative responsibilities were transferred to the newly created Office of Research and Project Administration (ORPA), while the University Research Board retained all of its committee and advisory functions. The Board now operates as a branch of ORPA.

Source: From the finding aid for AC169

  • Office of Research and Project Administration Records. 1938-2015 (inclusive).

    Call Number: AC132

    The Office of Research and Project Administration acts as coordinator for all grants sought by the University, and also ensures the conformance of University practice with governmental regulations. The collection consists of annual reports, board minutes, policies, and interoffice correspondence of ORPA. Additionally, it contains files assembled for large-scale university research projects such as the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, as well as on research-related issues such as the use of human subjects and biosafety.

  • University Research Board Records. 1925-1997 (inclusive).

    Call Number: AC169

    The University Research Board, which consists of six faculty members from different departments, is an advisory committee to the president on all research conducted at Princeton University. The collection consists of University Research Board meeting minutes, annual reports, correspondence between members, and some subject files, as well as the memos and correspondence of Raymond J. Woodrow, executive officer and secretary of the Committee on Project Research and Invention, predecessor to the University Research Board.