UNIVERSITY RESEARCH COUNCIL

DR. GEORGE E. KLINZING, CHAIR

MINUTES – NOVEMBER 2, 2000

 

The meeting was called to order at 3:05 p.m.

CHARGE TO COUNCIL

Provost Maher addressed Council and delivered the following charge.

1. Continue the Small Grants Program.  Encourage new faculty to apply and provide constructive criticism so that faculty may improve their performance.  Conduct a review of the program to measure its success.

2. Explore ways to enhance research on campus through workshops.  Focus on the creation of interdisciplinary teams and augmenting research programs in the social sciences and humanities.  Rob Lowman’s workshop may be used as a spring board to assess further actions in expanding interdisciplinary research on campus.  Assist the Vice Provost in planning an agenda for a humanities funding workshop.

3. Guide and counsel the Vice Provost in preparing a workshop in Washington, DC, targeting social science faculty similar to the science and engineering workshop held last year.

4. Review and update the Commercialization of Inventions, Copyright, and Patent Policies being mindful of recent events such as the suspension of the University of Pennsylvania's gene therapy research as well as increased attention to conflicts of interest.

MINUTES/ANNOUNCEMENTS

No changes were requested to the minutes of the September 28, 2000 meeting.

REPORT OF THE DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE OF RESEARCH - MICHAEL CROUCH

National Science Foundation funding was passed on October 27.  An additional half billion dollars has been allocated across the directorates of NSF, representing a 14% increase.  The social and behavioral sciences received a 20% increase in funding.  One hundred fifty million dollars was allocated for nanotechnology.

The Office of Research has been experiencing operating challenges in submitting institutional proposals via NSF Fastlane.  When a deadline approaches, the Office often has up to five different proposals in the queue in some stage of submission.  In addition, the East Coast server through which Fastlane operates has a glitch, resulting in further delays. Therefore, Crouch requests that proposals be delivered to the Office of Research two working days in advance.

In a recent COGR (Council on Governmental Relations) meeting, the issue arose regarding ownership of intellectual property by faculty with joint appointments in neighboring Veterans’ Administration hospitals.  As outlined in the Cooperative Technology Administration Agreement, the VA is taking an aggressive stand claiming first call on all intellectual property created by faculty, even those with courtesy, noncompensated appointments.  Prudence is advised in light of this agreement.

Crouch is making preparations for staffing the Office of Research while one staff member is on medical leave and another is on personal leave.

The Office of Research Annual Report for FY99 is available upon request.  Staff are currently compiling information for the FY00 Report.

NEW BUSINESS

There was no new business.

The meeting adjourned at 4:05 p.m.

cc: Elizabeth Baranger

N. John Cooper

Gerald Holder