University Research Council

January 16, 2008

Meeting Summary

Multidisciplinary Grant Award Report

Richard Schulz, Director of the University Center for Social and Urban Research, reported on the status of his multidisciplinary grant project.  Individuals from six departments and several interdisciplinary centers participate in the project, which focuses on suffering.  Dr. Schulz discussed problems related to defining, conceptualizing, and measuring suffering.  He and his team developed a comprehensive measure of suffering that they are using in preliminary studies.  Dr. Schulz recently recruited Joan Monin to be a postdoctoral fellow in his lab.  Dr. Monin is studying the manifestation of suffering in older individuals with musculoskeletal conditions.

Report from the Office of Research

Allen DiPalma, Director of the Office of Research, discussed several topics.  They included:

  • Negotiations with pharmaceutical companies
  • Beta testing of the Office’s electronic proposal development module
  • Research agreements with federally funded research and development centers (FFRDCs)

URC Funding Programs

Application deadlines for the URC’s Central Research Development Fund and Multidisciplinary Small Grants Program are approaching.  The due dates for applications are February 22 and March 14 respectively.  URC members will evaluate the proposals.

Federal Agencies Trip

This year’s federal agencies trip will take place on March 16 and 17.  Faculty members from engineering and the sciences will travel to Washington, D.C., to be briefed on federal funding opportunities.

NIH Public Access Policy

NIH is implementing a policy that requires scientists to submit journal articles that arise from NIH funds to the digital archive, PubMed Central.  The full text of the policy is located on the agency’s website.


Council members also discussed:

  • Calendar Committee
  • Funding for and management of the Department of Energy’s Fermi Lab
  • NSF requests for reviewers
  • Department of Defense funding