Richard McCullough, Ph.D., is the Vice Provost for Research and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, working with the President and Provost to encourage, cultivate, and coordinate high impact academic research across all of Harvard’s schools and affiliated institutions.

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research (VPR), which Dr. McCullough leads, has broad responsibility and oversight for the review, development, and implementation of policies related to the organization and execution of academic research, especially in the sciences, and to aspects of the University's relations with foundations and industry. Additionally, the Vice Provost for Research works with the President and Provost to foster and encourage entrepreneurship, whether by undergraduates, graduate students, or faculty members.

Prior to his work at Harvard, Dr. McCullough was the Vice President for Research at Carnegie Mellon University, in Pittsburgh, where he also had served as the Dean of the Mellon College of Science, and head of the Department of Chemistry. Dr. McCullough has a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Texas, Dallas and earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in chemistry at Johns Hopkins University, and did his postdoctoral fellowship at Columbia University.