University Research Council

October 14, 2010

Meeting Summary


Council Agenda

Council members discussed the Council’s agenda for the upcoming year.  It will continue to sponsor the Multidisciplinary Small Grant Program, the Central Research Development Fund, and the annual Washington, D.C., Federal Agencies Trip.  Council members also will work with the Office of Research as it explores trends in research administration and, more generally, explore how to enhance the University’s research infrastructure. 

DARPA Projects

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is working on several projects of interest to researchers.  The agency is exploring how to apply immunology models to cybersecurity, how to minimize the complexity of manufacturing models, and how to use social networks to enhance problem solving.  The Council may address these issues via multidisciplinary teams.

Campus Construction

Several infrastructure-related projects are currently underway on and off campus.  The National Institute of Standards and Technology provided $15 million to help the University develop new nanoscience and experimental physics laboratories.  Work continues on the Department of Chemistry annex, which will add 12,000 square feet of research space.  The Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology moved into new facilities in the Bakery Square development.

Report from the Office of Research

Allen DiPalma, Director of the Office of Research, discussed research funded via the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).  The University received almost 250 awards, which sum to approximately $125 million.  These funds contributed to approximately half of the 12 percent increase in funding from the previous year.

Mr. DiPalma also mentioned ongoing efforts to streamline the Office of Research’s operations.  The University continues to implement InfoEd’s proposal development module, which facilitates electronic proposal development, routing, and submission, and to work with InfoEd to develop a material transfer agreement module, which will electronically track the status of MTA’s.

Miscellaneous

Council members also discussed: