The Office of Research and Project Administration (ORPA) is the administrative arm of the University Research Board, which was formed in 1959 to recommend policy in the acceptance and administration of research grants and contracts throughout the University. ORPA acts as coordinator for all grants sought by the University, and also ensures the conformance of University practice with governmental regulations.
From the guide to the Office of Research and Project Administration Records, 1938-2010, (Princeton University. Library. Dept. of Rare Books and Special Collections)