From the Director

Welcome to the William A. and Barbara R. Owens Institute for Behavioral Research (OIBR). OIBR is a vibrant interdisciplinary institute that supports the research of social and behavioral science faculty from across campus. We provide our affiliated faculty with expert pre- and post-award grant management, networking, and professional development opportunities. These faculty, in collaboration with each other and with graduate students, are addressing cutting edge basic and applied research questions in topical areas that span the social and behavioral sciences, including health, discrimination, family, education, inter-group relations, and trauma.

OIBR manages approximately $25 million in grant expenditures annually for our affiliated faculty. While NIH and NSF dominate our grant portfolio, we also routinely support research funded by other federal agencies, such as the Department of Defense, state agencies, and private foundations. Our goal is to remove the administrative burden associated with grant-funded research, enabling our faculty to focus on the science. We are proud of the accomplishments of our over 200 faculty affiliates, many of whom are internationally known experts in their field of study. We welcome new affiliates at any time and encourage all social and behavioral scientists at UGA to affiliate in order to take advantage of OIBR’s services.
As you tour our website, I believe you will be impressed by our activities and our contributions to the University of Georgia. These activities and contributions are the result of the hard work of faculty affiliated with OIBR, sustained support from the Vice President for Research, the cooperation of departments and colleges across campus, and the dedication and hard work of the Institute’s support staff.

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Jody Clay-Warner, Director

If you are interested in joining OIBR or learning more about what we do, feel free to contact me directly at