University Research Council
THE PROVOSTíS CHARGE
Provost James Maher delivered the Council charge.† He asked the Council to:
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.
Several other issues were discussed: