UNIVERSITY RESEARCH COUNCIL
DR. GEORGE E. KLINZING, CHAIR
MINUTES --
JANUARY 18, 2001


The meeting was called to order at 2:35 p.m.

ALLOWABLE RESEARCH EXPENDITURES -- JOHN ELLIOTT AND MARK STOFKO

John Elliott, Director of Internal Audit, and Mark Stofko, Director of Research and Cost Accounting, provided further details and answered questions regarding the enclosed annotated handout on allowable research expenditures.  Both emphasized the importance of compliance with federal regulations and established University policies as well as detailed documentation in the financial management of research awards.  Do not hesitate to contact them if you have any questions.

MINUTES

No changes were requested to the minutes of the December 14, 2000 meeting.

SUBCOMMITTEE REPORTS

The committees reviewing the Commercialization of Inventions and Copyright policies are working closely with the Office of General Counsel in considering changes to these policies.  It is anticipated that revised language for both policies will be presented to the Council soon for review and approval.

REPORT OF THE DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE OF RESEARCH - MICHAEL CROUCH

  • On December 22, Congress passed a budget for Health & Human Services which included a 13% increase for NIH institutes across the board.
  • NIH announced new salary caps and higher prorata salary support.
  • New fringe benefit rates were approved on January 10.
  • The Office of Research has undergone three to four staff transitions this past year.  Thus, the turnaround time for non-deadline items is longer, and Crouch requests your patience, particularly throughout February, which is a peak cycle in processing grants.

Please consult the Alerts section of the Office of Research web page (http://www.pitt.edu/~offres/alerts.html) for further details of these and related announcements.

ANNOUNCEMENTS - GEORGE KLINZING

  • The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, in collaboration with Aberdeen, is taking the lead in soliciting applications for the Department of Defense High Performance Computing Modernization Program.  Awards of up to $200,000 each will be granted in topics such as Computational Structural Mechanics, Signal/Image Processing, Computational Fluid Dynamics, and seven others.  Details are provided in the attachment.
  • Klinzing is still seeking suggestions of researchers to serve on a panel for a workshop on grantsmanship to be held in April.
  • The deadline for receipt of applications for the Central Research Development Fund Small Grants Award Program is Monday, February 5.
  • Bob Lowman will conduct a workshop on ‘Interdisciplinary Team Building and Research’ on Tuesday, March 13.
  • The Office of the Provost and Council on Academic Computing are soliciting applications for High Performance Network Connections.  While all parts of campus cannot yet access these connections, the Provost’s Office and the Council hope to fund approximately six grants of $25,000 each to promote the development and use of advanced computer networks in fulfilling the research and teaching missions of the University.
  • The Briefing with Federal Agencies for University faculty in the areas of Social Sciences and Humanities is confirmed for Monday, March 19, 2001.  A full day is planned with half-hour presentations by representatives from NSF, NIH, USAID, the Department of Education, and World Bank.  George Leventhal of the Association of American Universities will be the guest speaker at the buffet luncheon.  Please refer interested faculty to Klinzing for inclusion on the attendees list.

NEW BUSINESS

No new business was discussed.

The meeting adjourned at 3:35 p.m.

cc: Elizabeth Baranger, N. John Cooper, Gerald Holder