University Research Council

November 5, 2004

Meeting Summary


THE PROVOSTíS CHARGE

Provost James Maher delivered the Council charge.He asked the Council to:

NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS

Mel Bernstein, Director of University Programs at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), visited the University.He discussed DHS support for Centers of Excellence.The DHS is sponsoring several multi-university, interdisciplinary academic centers dedicated to the study of national preparedness.Annual funding for the centers varies from $3.0 to $5.0 million over approximately five years.Centers devoted to economic risk analysis, food safety, and agricultural safety already have been established, and a center devoted to social and behavioral aspects of terrorism soon will be established.DHS will announce topics for future centers in the near future.

Dr. Bernstein also discussed:

REPORT FROM THE OFFICE OF RESEARCH

Mike Crouch, Director of the Office of Research, discussed electronic research administration (ERA).The Office has signed a contract with Info Ed to develop the ERA system.A proposal-tracking module will be developed first and then a proposal-development module will be developed.It will take approximately one year to perfect each module.

The Office will devote more resources to educational and training programs.A newly hired Assistant Director, Allen DiPalma, will develop a research administration certificate program and coordinate information on compliance and certification.A research administratorsí forum will be launched in January.

MISCELLANEOUS

Several other issues were discussed: