George Mason University

Resources for Faculty

George Mason University conducts research that goes beyond the desire to know and understand; we want to make a difference. Our global outlook seeks to improve our quality of life while emphasizing safety and sustainability.

Mason researcher in lab

Mason’s world-class researchers enjoy cutting-edge facilities in their groundbreaking work.

The Office of Sponsored Programs

The OSP supports external funding for research, scholarly and creative pursuits while ensuring the university’s financial, contractual, and regulatory exposures are minimized. OSP provides guidance and support to the university’s community in its research efforts by:

  • Providing assistance in proposal budget development and proposal submission.
  • Reviewing, negotiating, and executing contracts with Mason that involve sponsored projects.
  • Collaborating with researchers, departmental administrators, and other administrators to resolve institutional cost-sharing, contractual, and budget issues.
  • Coordinating account changes, communicating with sponsors, and project closeout.
  • Reviewing and advising the Mason research community on new or revised federal and state laws, rules, and regulations that affect research administration.

Research Development, Integrity, and Assurance

RDIA supports state-of-the-art research, scholarship, and creative work by providing resources that promote ethical and responsible conduct, assists in developing funding opportunities and quality proposals, and aids multidisciplinary teams in creating collaborative proposals. The office also identifies and alerts the university community of compliance risks, and and investigates instances of noncompliance.

Research is not limited to the lab. Mason's faculty go into the field to examine, discover and study.

The Office of Research Computing 

The Office of Research Computing coordinates and supports the computing-related needs of the university’s research community. You can find a summary and pointers about the many aspects of research computing, including hardware and software resources, pre- and post-award support, and facilitation of multi-university research projects.


The Environmental Health and Safety Office

EHS has a range of duties, including developing and maintaining laboratory safety policies, offering training and guidance on compliance with regulations and industry standards, and inspecting labs. The office has six functional areas; Emergency Management; Environmental Compliance; Fire Safety; Occupational Health; Occupational Safety; and Laboratory Safety (including Biological, Chemical, Laser, and Radiation Safety). 

The Environmental Compliance, Occupational Health, and Laboratory Safety groups most closely support Mason research through laboratory risk assessments, medical surveillance, personal protective equipment selection, hazardous waste collection disposal, and safety training, and serves as administrative oversight for the Institutional Biosafety Committee and Radiation Safety Committee.

EHS is part of the department of Safety, Emergency & Enterprise Risk Management, which helps manage health, safety, environmental, emergency and risk management programs.

The Office of Graduate Fellowships

Graduate fellowships provide support to master's and doctoral students for research, writing, fieldwork, language study, professional development, or independent projects undertaken in conjunction with a degree program. The Office of Graduate Fellowships works to increase awareness, participation, and success in extramural fellowship competitions among Mason's graduate students, with an emphasis on nationally competitive awards.

The Office of Graduate Fellowships offers:

  • Information sessions and announcements for fellowship competitions.
  • Workshops on how to find funding opportunities and craft strong applications.
  • One-on-one coaching and feedback during the application process.
  • General fellowship advising for graduate students
  • Support for faculty mentoring graduate students through the fellowship application process

Additional Research Resources