University Research Council
Caroline Correa and Mark Stofko, Assistant Director and Director respectively of the Office of Research and Cost Accounting, spoke about issues related to federal funding of sponsored research. The federal government continues to emphasize the need for financial compliance. The University’s business practices related to sponsored project financial matters have been reviewed in order to strengthen and assure compliance. Four areas have been emphasized: effort reporting, direct charging practices, the distinction between gifts and grants, and residual funds on sponsored awards. Compliance is the responsibility of the entire University community, ranging from central administration, the Provost’s Office, and the Deans’ offices to the principle investigators.
REPORT FROM THE OFFICE OF RESEARCH
Mike Crouch, Director of the Office of Research, discussed technological updates to the Office’s administrative procedures. He and his staff have examined existing software packages and will begin soliciting software demonstrations. Existing software does not perfectly match the University’s needs, but InfoEd and COEUS provide packages that the University could use as a foundation.
Several other topics were discussed:
The tentative schedule for the next series of NCURA professional development teleconferences is:
Integrated Proposal Writing
A more cohesive approach to the grant-application process
is being developed. Faculty from the
sciences and engineering will travel to
NSF Educational Programs
Bianca Bernstein, the Director of NSF’s Division of Graduate Education, will visit the University on January 15 to discuss the NSF’s educational programs. The University continues to sponsor an annual, undergraduate educational and research program. Approximately 50 students participate in the program each year.
Electronic Research Administration
The Office of Research will solicit input from members of the Council and the University community as it investigates available software packages. Representatives of the Office will attend Council meetings to discuss progress in this area.
Several other issues were also addressed: