Russell Brewer
Associate Vice President of Sponsored Research

Russell Brewer is Associate Vice President of the Office of Sponsored Research (“OSR”). Reporting jointly to the Vice President for Business Affairs and Chief Financial Officer and the Vice Provost and Dean of Research, Russell leads the central administrative unit of Stanford University that manages the lifecycle of sponsored research from proposal submission through award closeout. This lifecycle can be divided into three primary phases:

  1. Pre-award services to Stanford schools, centers, and institutes;
  2. Contract negotiation and approval (except non-clinical, industry-sponsored contracts); and
  3. Post-award financial services to all Stanford schools, centers, and institutes.

In addition to submitting nearly 3,000 new proposals annually, OSR manages more than 5,500 active sponsored projects as well as ensures the financial compliance that preserves the ongoing viability of Stanford’s $1 billion research program. 

Russell’s career in research administration spans 24 years in both public and private university environments.  He joined Stanford in October 2009 as Associate Director of Sponsored Research and was promoted to Associate Vice President in May 2011. Prior to joining Stanford, Russell was Director of the Office of Sponsored Programs at Baylor University. In this role, he managed all externally sponsored programs; oversaw proposal processing, award negotiation and acceptance, and post-award project management; and was responsible for the development of a new electronic routing system for proposals, award acceptance, and management.  Prior to joining Baylor, he spent 18 years at Texas A&M University in a range of research administration roles in both pre- and post-award management.

Russell graduated from Texas Tech University with a degree in Economics.