The Vice President for Research and Technology Transfer oversees University research centers, institutes and sponsored programs, the Office of Research, WSU Ventures and staff. The Vice President has overall administrative responsibility for developing, coordinating and stimulating research and creative activity; for enhancing external funding; and for ensuring compliance with all applicable laws and regulations. This includes leading university-wide strategic growth activities and coordinating the university units that comprise the research infrastructure: including the acquisition of research funding, the planning and development of research space, research commercialization, the incubation of new companies, and recruitment of new corporate research partners. The Vice President for Research and Technology Transfer will coordinate with the Provost and Senior Vice President to ensure a connection to university graduate programs and further faculty development. The Vice President is responsible for the transfer of university intellectual property to patent. WSU Ventures deals with intellectual property issues associated with faculty start-up companies, especially when technology is licensed from the university.