Dr. Robert Nobles

Robert Nobles, DrPH, MPH, CIP serves as the Vice President for Research Administration at Emory University. Within Emory Nobles leads the 10 research administrative and compliance departments [Strategic Initiatives, Clinical Research, Conflict of Interest, Environmental Health and Safety, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, Institutional Review Board, Research Administration Services, Research Grants and Contracts, Sponsored Programs] with more than 300 team members providing outstanding services that catalyze research excellence. Daily, Nobles and team are responsible for providing the foundation for the research growth that Emory continues to experience while pursuing discovery. As an example of scope, in fiscal year 2018, Emory received $734 million in total research funding awards. Of the overall total, $440.8 million came from federal research funding awards, led by the National Institutes of Health with $359.2 million. Emory researchers submitted 4,410 proposals to sponsors totaling $1.197 billion in 2018.

As the Vice President for Research Administration, Nobles promotes Emory’s research growth through oversight and execution of a strategic direction and effective operations for research enterprise wide. Nobles works in tandem with senior leaders and faculty to ensure proactive, user-focused customer service; effective, metric-driven processes; and transparent communication, to further new and on-going research initiatives that comply with all regulatory requirements. Nobles also fosters the scholarly work of faculty, facilitate multidisciplinary initiatives, support innovative technology-transfer and commercialization programs, and strives to increase funding support from all sources, while nurturing positive external relationships.