University Research Council
January 21, 2009
Multidisciplinary Grant Award Report
John Camillus, Professor in the
Katz Graduate School of Business, reported on the status of his
multidisciplinary grant project. Faculty
members from Katz and the School
participate in the project, which is entitled The Business of Humanity. Dr. Camillus and his team wish to redefine the
traditional economic model, which focuses almost exclusively on accounting
profits, to include quality, safety, environmental sustainability, diversity, and
integrity. The team is conducting case
studies of companies in the Czech Republic, China,
Russia, and Brazil. They will convene a conference devoted to
their research and wish to use this information to implement changes in
graduate business programs.
The Provost’s Office will sponsor
two funding trips this semester. The
first event is the annual Washington,
D.C., federal agencies trip. Faculty members from the social sciences and
education will meet with program officers from federal funding agencies. The trip will take place on Sunday and
Monday, March 22nd and 23rd. The second event is a new venture. Faculty members, primarily from the
humanities and social sciences, will discuss funding opportunities with
representatives of the European Union and its member countries. The trip will take place on Sunday and
Monday, April 19th and 20th.
Report from the Office of Research
Allen DiPalma, Director of the
Office of Research, discussed his office’s operational volume. His staff processed 20-to-30 percent more
grant proposals from July to December of 2008 compared to the same period in
2007. His staff also processed 1000 material
transfer agreements in FY 2008.
Mr. DiPalma also mentioned several
items related to foundation and federal research funding:
- The American Heart Association changed its submission
process. It will now require
institutional approval of proposals.
- Grants.gov soon will complete the transition from PureEdge-based to Adobe-based application forms.
- The Department of Justice has cited several AAU universities for
violations of the False Claims Act.
- NIH is examining conflict of
interest reporting requirements and may request greater disclosure of
Council members discussed several additional items:
- The Multidisciplinary Small
Grant and Central Research Development Fund programs
- The federal economic stimulus
- Increasing industry visits to
- Foundation research funding
and the recession
- The Conflict of Interest Superform