MaryAnn Deom, M.S., has been named Interim Director of the Office for Sponsored Programs (OSP), effective January 21, 2015.

Deom replaces Dr. Regina Smith, Associate Vice President for Research, who recently retired from UGA after directing OSP for the past 14 years.  Deom joined UGA as an educational program specialist for the Department of Psychology’s Southeastern Center for Applied Cognitive Research in 1995, and began her career with OSP as a grants specialist in 1999.  She has served as Associate Director of OSP since 2005.  Since 2006, she has been UGA’s primary liaison for the Federal Demonstration Project, a cooperative initiative between federal agencies and institutions that receive federal funds to reduce administrative burdens associated with grants and contracts.

Chris King, DVM, replaces Dr. Smith as the institutional Research Integrity Officer (RIO), with responsibilities for Conflict of Interest and Responsible Conduct in Research, effective January 21, 2015.

Dr. King is Associate Vice President for Research Integrity and Safety, as well as Professor of Population Health in the College of Veterinary Medicine.  The addition of RIO to his responsibilities completes a Research Integrity and Safety portfolio that also includes animal and human subjects, biosafety, export control, and research safety.  Dr. King also serves as director of the animal care and use program, a role he has played since 2004.

“Besides directing Sponsored Programs, Dr. Regina Smith played a number of other important roles at the University.  We are fortunate to have individuals of the quality and experience of MaryAnn and Chris to fill these roles without missing a beat,” said Vice President for Research David Lee.


Got a concern about services provided by the Office of the Vice President for Research? Now you can provide your feedback via two new routes.

OVPR website: A green “Feedback” button is now on on the side of every page on the OVPR website for you to provide suggestions, comments, praise or criticism.  Your feedback can be anonymous, or if you provide your name, someone will get back to you within 48 hours to address your concern.

Grants eResearch Portal:  A blue “Rate my Portal Experience” button on the “To Do Lists” page lets you rate the portal from “0” (It’s Awful!) to 10 (It’s Awesome!) and provide comments.  You can remain anonymous, or provide your contact info and someone will contact you within one business day.

Of course, you can always contact OVPR unit with questions or concerns. Look for the contact information on the Overview page for each OVPR unit.

Let us know what you think!




OVPR launched a new website this week at “ All links to redirect to the new website.

The new website includes new navigation that directs researchers, business and industry, and visitors and supporters to resources and topics of interest.  Explore Research reveals  a “mega-menu” of the primary topics audiences look for.  Search and Research A-Z are additional ways for visitors to find OVPR resources.

New Home page features include links to the latest Research Announcements and a new Research Calendar. The calendar aggregates research-related events from multiple research units across campus, as well as OVPR units. If you have an research announcement or research event, please send information to

The latest UGA Research News also appears on the home page.

Phase 2 of the OVPR website redesign will include a new documents library and design enhancements.

We want to continue to improve the website.  Please provide feedback about content and design to



Derek Eberhart was named director of UGA’s Technology Commercialization Office (TCO), Office of the Vice President for Research, in January. He has served as interim director since July.

Through intellectual property licensing and other efforts, TCO serves the UGA community by connecting industry with university expertise and inventions for the public good, promoting economic development, and increasing research visibility. TCO evaluates inventions for patentability and commercial potential, protects IP rights, negotiates all IP-related agreements, and facilitates strategic partnerships with universities, industry, and government. In pursuing these goals, TCO works closely with UGA’s business incubator, the Georgia BioBusiness Center.

Eberhart received his B.S.A. and M.S. from the University of Georgia.  He earned his Ph.D. in Genetics and Molecular Biology at Emory University, where he studied the molecular basis of a common form of mental retardation known as Fragile X syndrome. As an American Cancer Society postdoctoral fellow at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, his research focused on the generation and analysis of mouse cancer models.

Prior to joining UGA in 2008, Derek served as Director of Alliance and Portfolio Management at Lexicon Pharmaceuticals in Texas where he was involved in alliance management, technology licensing and business development activities. He managed several of Lexicon’s drug discovery partnerships, including alliances with multiple pharmaceutical and biotech companies, as well as collaborations with federal and non-profit entities.

UGA Vice President for Research  David Lee said, “Since joining TCO, Derek has held a series of positions of increasing responsibility, including Senior Technology Manager, Associate Director of TCO, and Interim Director of TCO. His performance in each capacity has been outstanding and as Interim Director he has rapidly gained the trust and confidence of faculty inventors, external clients and the TCO staff.

“I am convinced Derek will bring the necessary energy, rigor and goal-setting to the director position, and that he will play a key role in helping to achieve President Morehead’s vision of an enhanced university impact on economic development. I look forward to working closely with him in this regard.”



The UGA Office of the Vice President for Research relocated some support and administrative offices to the Paul D. Coverdell Center, effective December 20, 2013.

Offices that moved to the first floor south wing of the Coverdell Center, located at 500 D.W. Brooks Drive, include the offices of the Vice President for Research and Associate Vice President for Research Bob Scott, along with Research Fiscal Affairs, Internal Grants and Awards, Postdoctoral Affairs, OVPR Development, and the UGARESEARCH magazine.

Staff phone numbers will remain unchanged following the move.

OVPR Sponsored Programs, GrantSMART, Technology Commercialization, Research Compliance including Human and Animal Subjects, Legal Affairs, Research Communications, and IT all remain in Boyd, along with the offices of Associate Vice Presidents for Research Gina Smith and Chris King.