University Research Council
September 11, 2003
an advisory committee that will inform the Office of Research of
faculty interests as the Office updates its procedures and software.
- Develop a fully integrated proposal-writing program
that includes a series of workshops, visits from agency representatives,
and trips to Washington,
- Explore how the University can facilitate faculty
participation in NSF Educational Programs.
- Work with the Co-Directors of the new Center
for National Preparedness to identify faculty whose expertise is congruent
with the mission of the Center.
Council sponsored two grant-writing workshops.†
The first workshop focused on the social sciences and the second
workshop focused on multidisciplinary grants.†
Both workshops were well attended.
The copyright subcommittee completed a draft of the copyright
policy.† If approved by the full Council,
the policy will be reviewed by the Provostís Office, the Deanís Council, and
the Faculty Senate.
- The database is a publicly
accessible, searchable source of information that lists the expertise of
numerous universitiesí researchers.
Council sponsored the annual federal agencies trip.† Thirty faculty members from social
science departments at the University of Pittsburgh and Duquesne University met with representatives of
several federal agencies.†
REPORT FROM THE
OFFICE OF RESEARCH
Mike Crouch, Director of the Office of Research, discussed
the reorganization of the Officeís operations.†
Last fall and winter, individuals from four universities visited the University of Pittsburgh to assess its research
administration.† The Office of Research
has since acted upon their recommendations.†
Two Office staffers have been promoted to Assistant Director,
alleviating Mr. Crouch of some of his administrative responsibilities.† He can now focus on broader questions of research
administration policy.† The Office also
has hired an information technology expert.†
This individual will help the Office of Research develop a system to
electronically process grant proposals.
Other issues also were discussed:
reorganization of the Community of Science database
Universal Transmittal Form, Form 136
sponsored teleconferences and workshops
Several other issues were addressed:
2003 will be held at Alumni Hall from September 24 through September
26.† The Faculty of Arts and
Sciences and the School of Engineering will sponsor spotlight
sessions on organic chemistry and sustainability.† The School of Medicine will sponsor three
additional spotlight sessions.
Klinzing discussed informational sessions for upcoming Council
meetings.† Potential topics include human
subject and animal research, DARPA funding, federal audits, ITARs and EARs, and
large-scale center funding.