Division of Research
Research Operations and External Partnerships Unit

The Research Operations and External Partnerships Unit assists investigators and research centers in obtaining the resources and facilitating the collaborations necessary to successfully maintain and expand their research operations. The Unit maintains inventories of existing FIU research laboratories, high-end equipment and core facilities. Its staff focuses on several key areas of research support to FIU faculty including:

Physical Resource Optimization This includes facilitating the identification of research laboratories, equipment and core facilities. The Unit works with Facilities Management to help coordinate renovations and other modifications to research space. During fiscal year 2011-2012, we renovated more than 20,000 square feet (at MMC, BBC, and Engineering Center), at a cost of over $3.33M.  Some of the renovations included the anatomy and biology labs, biomedical engineering labs, and confocal core laboratories. We currently have over 9,000 square feet of renovations in progress, with an estimated total cost of $3.11M.  Recently, the group has been actively involved with the administrative/operational aspects of off-site facilities, such as acquiring leased space for specific grants.

Research Administration Provides administrative assistance to faculty and research centers with time sensitive projects. The Unit’s VIP Service assists FIU researchers who are responsible for large research operations by directly assisting in the execution of grants and contracts in areas pertaining to Human Resources, Purchasing, Travel and other grant-related activities that require interaction and support from other FIU service units. The goal of this service is to work with the PIs, departments and colleges to assure that project timelines are not jeopardized by unnecessary and avoidable delays.

External Partnerships’ Networking The Unit maintains broad interactions with federal, state and other funding agencies to facilitate access to program officers and to keep the FIU research community abreast of agency initiatives and funding opportunities as soon as they become available. Additionally, the Unit fosters communication with industry and business partners to identify opportunities for collaboration and to further faculty research endeavors. In these endeavors, we coordinate with the Office of Governmental Relations with an emphasis on communication and interaction with federal research funding agencies.

Need Assistance? For more information, please contact Henry.artigues@fiu.edu or call 305-348-0163.

Below is a listing of contacts within the Research Operations and External Partnerships Unit:

Name Title Phone #
Henry Artigues Director, Research Operations and External Partnerships (305) 348-0163
Stephanie Mitjans Assistant Director, Research Operations and External Partnerships (305) 348-0167
Tatiana Chase Coordinator, Research Operations and External Partnerships (305) 348-2670