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Introducing: the Research Navigator

Dear colleagues,

Today I am excited to announce the launch of the Research Navigator program, an initiative over a year in the making and one that will transform the way that we accomplish our research and scholarship at the University of Miami. 

The Research Navigator is a new paradigm in research support for the University of Miami — a concierge service that connects faculty to the right resources, right now. It is one on one, centralized support designed to allow our faculty and staff to focus on research, not roadblocks.

Your Navigator will provide expertise along every step in the Research Lifecycle, from idea to grant writing to sharing your work with the world. Below, we share some additional information about the new program. I cannot wait to see what great things we can accomplish together.

All my best,

Erin Kobetz, PhD, MPH
Vice Provost for Research + Scholarship


Our Goals

Provide one-stop shopping for research-related questions

Deliver customer-friendly, timely support

Expedite research through improved navigation and access to resources

Reduce administrative burden for faculty

Provide enhanced support to streamline onboarding of new faculty/researchers

Improve customer service

Build a more collaborative environment

Improve communication and expand educational opportunities

Foster process improvement


Getting Started

If you are interested in connecting with the Research Navigator service, email us at to get started. We look forward to working with you!

Meet Patty!

Patty Atkinson is the University's first-ever Research Navigator. A talented project manager and research administration subject matter expert, with over 20 years of University experience, Patty now works within the Research Intelligence and Capacity team. She was previously the driving force behind the launch of IBISResearch, our integrated grants and agreements management system.