Aurali Dade is the Associate Vice President for Research Development, Integrity and Assurance (RDIA) at George Mason University. RDIA’s mission is to nurture and promote state-of-the-art research, scholarship and creative work, providing resources that: promote the ethical and responsible conduct of research; and, assist the Mason faculty-postdoc-student community with the identification of external funding opportunities and the development of high quality proposals, sponsored projects and translational activities. Dade leads RDIA, enabling high quality faculty proposals, serving as the Research Integrity Officer (RIO) and the Institutional Official (IO) for the human subjects protection program, animal care and use program, and export compliance program. In addition to these programs, Dade has developed and served as the course director for two Responsible Conduct of Research Training Programs, Chairs the Conflict of Interest (COI) committee, and serves as the vice-chair for the Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) Committee.
Dade has a PhD in Environmental Science, an MS in Biology, and a BS in Environmental Biology. She teaches classes at the university focused on data ethics, policy, and risk. Dade is the Principal Investigator for the ORI funded conference grant Supporting Responsible Research Organizations: A Framework for Engaged Research Managers and Administrators and conducts research and scholarship related to research compliance and ethics. She served as the editor and author of two chapters for: "Implementing a Comprehensive Research Compliance Program: A Handbook for Research Officers," a book published by Information Age Press in 2015.