University Research Council
February 11, 2004
TO ELECTRONIC RESEARCH ADMINISTRATION
The Office of Research continues to update its electronic
administrative procedures. After
completing this process, the Office will
- possess a cradle-to-grave
proposal development system,
- be ready, when required, to
submit proposals to agencies in electronic form,
- possess a more efficient
system to manage proposal development, and
- be better able to capture data from diverse sources.
Researchers will be able to track their proposals and
generate any necessary reports. The
Office of Research will be able to eliminate duplicate systems; replace
stand-alone, independent systems; and automate feeds to financial systems. The Office’s staff is currently examining
alternative software solutions and expects to recommend a course of action
within the next several months. The
system should be fully operational by July of 2005.
REPORT FROM THE
OFFICE OF RESEARCH
Mike Crouch, Director of the Office of Research, discussed
several additional topics:
- The Office has received good
feedback about its new website. The
website is located at http://www.pitt.edu/~offres/.
- The Office is advertising for
a research administration coordinator at the Administrator IV level.
25 departmental research administrators attended a presentation on the NSF
Approximately 20 people attended the most recent
professional development conference. The
schedule for the next series of NCURA professional development teleconferences
- Research Records Management –
March 9, 2004
- Project Management – June 15, 2004
of Interest Management – September 14, 2004
SMALL GRANTS PROGRAM
Members of the Council must evaluate proposals submitted
to the Small Grants Program. Each
proposal will be included in one of groups – medicine, sciences and
engineering, and the social sciences and humanities – with roughly $120,000
awarded within each group. Awards cannot
The University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University have been criticized for not
collaborating in a variety of areas. A
recent analysis indicates that they interact on many levels:
- The two universities have six
joint centers, one of which is the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center.
- The two universities’ faculty
members submitted 172 joint proposals in the last year.
two universities employ a common representative to city and regional authorities.
The University of Pittsburgh, West Virginia University, Carnegie Mellon University, and several private firms
continue to collaborate on efforts related to the National Energy Technology
Lab. The consortium is developing a
proposal that, if accepted, will enable them to manage the NETL. Approximately 40 members of the University’s
faculty are involved.
A more cohesive approach to the grant-application process
is being developed. Faculty from the
sciences and engineering will travel to Washington, D.C., in March to discuss funding
opportunities with federal agency representatives. A proposal-development seminar is planned for
April 16. George Gopen
from Duke University will lead the seminar.
Bianca Bernstein, the Director of NSF’s Division of
Graduate Education, visited the University on January 15 to discuss the NSF’s
educational programs. She concluded that
the University, its faculty, and its students could more aggressively pursue
many of the grants and fellowships that are available through her division.
The University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, Pennsylvania State University, and the University of Pennsylvania (i.e., the Keystone Alliance) are
applying for funding from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). DHS recently requested applications for
Centers of Excellence in the areas of foreign animal diseases and zoonotics and post-harvest food security. Penn State and Penn led Alliance proposals on these projects. The University of Pittsburgh will lead an Alliance proposal on a soon-to-be-released
RFP for a Center of Excellence on first responders. Pitt and CMU may collaborate on another
upcoming RFP for a Center of Excellence on the psychology of terrorism.
Several other issues were addressed:
- A National Academy of
Sciences interdisciplinary research meeting
- The High Performance Network