Michael Ludwig

Associate Vice President for Research Administration
Director, University Research Administration

Edelstone Center
6030 S Ellis Avenue, Room 114
Chicago, IL 60637
Phone: (773) 702-8604
Fax: (773) 702-2142
mrludwig@uchicago.edu

Michael R. Ludwig is Associate Vice President for Research Administration and Director of University Research Administration, a team of more than 25 professionals responsible for grant and contract management, research compliance, and review and institutional endorsement of all applications for sponsored funding, including clinical studies and trials and Material Transfer Agreements. The group also provides sponsored project information services and overall guidance, support, and research administration training.

Previously, Ludwig was Director of Sponsored Program Services at Purdue. During his 26-year tenure at Purdue, he served for nine years as Associate Director of Sponsored Program Services (SPS) and six years as Director overseeing a staff of 75 with broad, pre- and post-award responsibility including most areas of financial administration and reporting. As Director, Ludwig led the team responsible for pre- and post-award support to faculty, including approval of sponsored program proposals; negotiation and acceptance of awards and other agreements affecting research activities; subcontract issuance and monitoring; account set up, invoicing, reporting and audits. Together with senior administrators at the university, Ludwig developed and implemented policies and procedures to enhance services and assure compliance with Federal regulations. As Associate Director for Sponsored Program Administration at Purdue from 1999-2008, Ludwig led a staff of 65 professionals and implemented an effective new organizational structure and pre- and post-award process to better serve faculty in response to significant growth in sponsored research funding that had growth 250 percent in nine years. He also oversaw the implementation of a new research administration system.

Prior to that position, Ludwig served as Director of Academic Business Managers from 1993-1999 and directed a staff of 200 providing business services support such as budgeting, payroll, purchasing and account management, to business managers in the schools, divisions and departments. He also led the development of new systems and procedures to enhance business services provided to faculty and staff. During this time, Ludwig participated in the development of the University’s annual budget plan that exceeded $1 billion; served as Purdue’ Public Records Officer; and served as Interim Director of Personnel Services from 1995-1996. Since 1987, he held various positions of increased responsibility at Purdue.

Ludwig received his Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics at Purdue University West Lafayette.

A prominent and respected leader in his field, Ludwig is a member of the Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP), the Council on Governmental Relations (COGR) and National Council of University Administrators (NCURA). He is a also a member of COGR Board of Directors and serves on the Research Compliance and Administration Committee and the Steering Committee for Administrative Computing. Ludwig has served as committee member and presented and participated in workshops at NCURA Financial Research Administration’s annual conferences.