Vice Provost of Research Administration

Robin Cyr joined Northeastern University in March 2020 as the inaugural Vice Provost for Research Administration, working in the Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Research. Prior to joining Northeastern, Robin served as an Associate Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for eight years. She held two positions while at UNC: from 2012 – 2016 leading the Office of Sponsored Research as the university’s research enterprise grew from $767M to $847M and from 2016 -January 2020, she served as the research compliance officer and developed a comprehensive research compliance program. She also convened and chaired a pan university, National Security Working Group, which was recognized by Regional law enforcement as the gold standard for a university response to the risk of inappropriate foreign influence.

Prior to UNC, Robin was the Director of Training and Policy for seven years at Partners HealthCare Systems, Inc. While at Partners, Robin developed and launched a full life cycle research administration training program that was used by MGH, BWH, Spaulding Rehab and McLean hospitals and wrote the overarching research policies applicable at research intensive, member hospitals. Robin started in research administration in 1997 at Cornell University where she worked until moving to Boston in 2004. While at Cornell, she gained skills and experience that took her from an entry level grant and contract officer to the Associate Director of the Office of Sponsored Programs.

At Northeastern, Robin will be overseeing and continuing to develop the Northeastern University Research Enterprise Services (NU-RES) offices, which include research administration, research finance, and research compliance (including the IRB and IACUC).

Robin has been an active member of the Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP) and the Council on Government Relations (COGR) since 1997 and is a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP).