University Research Council
REPORT FROM THE OFFICE OF RESEARCH
Office of Research completed its FY 2001 report of sponsored research at the
University. Only a few copies of the report will be printed, but the document
will be available on the web.
from Virginia Tech, the
SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH
William Brustein, Director of the
Faculty in the University’s social sciences programs often are not encouraged to seek external funding. Similar faculty at some universities (e.g., Big Ten schools) are expected not only to seek such funding but to have won a major research grant prior to the award of tenure. New faculty at these schools often are assigned a mentor, who helps the faculty member learn how to acquire external funding. External funding would help social science programs at the University, since they heighten the visibility of academic programs and attract and support graduate students. Benchmarking would help develop a comparative baseline between the University and other large research universities.
Seeking greater outside funding usually occurs in tandem with attempts to improve the ranking of departments. Members of the Council discussed the large investment of resources that is usually involved in the latter process. Several short-term solutions are available to increase external funding:
A preliminary draft of the copyright policy will be distributed to the members of the Council for discussion. The patent and commercialization policies, which the Council has approved, are currently under review by the Chancellor.