Vivian Holmes

 Year Started in Research Administration: 1992

Institutions: Boston University, Whitehead Institute, Harvard Medical School, Broad Institute,


Vivian Holmes is currently Executive Director for Research Administration Services (RAS) which was established in 2019, along with the Office of Strategic Alliances and Technology Transfer (OSATT), as a key part of the strategy of the Office of the Vice President for Research to transform research administration at MIT.

Vivian has been active in research administration for over 30 years, with a focus on research finance, compliance, and the development of policies and procedures for research management. Prior to February 2022, she was the Assistant Dean for Research Administration at the Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH), serving as a bridge between departments in the school and the sponsored programs office. She drafted or revised policies and procedures to address proposal and budget development, industry sponsorship, F&A recovery, financial reporting issues, subawards processes, and international collaborations.

Prior to joining BUSPH, from 2009 to 2017, Vivian was Senior Director for Sponsored Research at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. She was responsible for working collaboratively with MIT when the Broad Institute separated from MIT in 2009, and for putting Broad’s policies, processes and systems in place. Prior to joining the Broad Institute, she served as Director of Finance and Administration in the Division of Medical Sciences at Harvard University.

Vivian is also involved in organizations that serve the research administration community on both the local and national levels. Vivian is active in the National Council for University Research Administrators (NCURA), has been a member of NCURA’s Board of Directors, and has served as NCURA President. In 2019 she was recognized as a Distinguished Educator and is a recipient of NCURA’s National Award for Distinguished Service in Research Administration. In addition, she is a member of the Costing and Financial Compliance Committee of the Council on Governmental Relations (COGR) and serves as a team lead on the recently formed Nonprofit Funder-Research Institution Partnership (NFRI).