University Research Council

January 16, 2007

Meeting Summary

Fringe Benefit Rates

Council members discussed the fringe benefit rate for the University’s graduate students.  The current rate is 50 percent of a graduate student researcher’s salary.  A rate increase would benefit the University’s overall finances, but it would unduly affect researchers, who already face increasing financial constraints.   The NIH is operating under a continuing resolution, which limits non-competing awards to 80 percent of previously committed funding.  Due to growing competition for grants and to real decreases in its budget, the NIH also is funding new awards at reduced levels.

The Bayh-Dole Act

Council members discussed the Bayh-Dole Act, which is also known as the University and Small Business Patent Procedures Act.  The Act gives intellectual property control over inventions to organizations that discover these devices/products via federally funded research.  The Act applies to U.S. universities, small businesses, and non-profit organizations.

Report from the Office of Research

Allen DiPalma, Director of the Office of Research, discussed the transition to the federal government’s Internet-based, grant-application site,  The University’s internal, grant-submission deadline will be 10 days prior to the NIH’s February 1 deadline.  Additional information on the deadline is located in an Office of the Provost memo.  The Office of Research offers a training program that teaches faculty and staff how to utilize the site.  The Office sponsors computer-based training and a monthly open forum.  Additional information on the training sessions can be found on the Office of Research’s website.


Council members also discussed:

  • Work-for-Hire issues
  • Central Research and Development Fund
  • Multidisciplinary Small Grant Program
  • Department of Energy continuing resolution
  • The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering