UNIVERSITY RESEARCH COUNCIL
DR. GEORGE E. KLINZING, CHAIR
MINUTES --
FEBRUARY 22, 2001


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

Crouch led the meeting in Klinzing's absence.

ONLINE EDUCATION MODULES AND POLICY ON INSTRUCTION IN THE RESPONSIBLE CONDUCT OF RESEARCH

Jerome Rosenberg, Research Integrity Officer, provided an overview of the NIH directive requiring all researchers and significant participants in NIH-supported research to complete a training program dealing with the protection of human subjects in research. University of Pittsburgh researchers can meet this requirement in 5 ways:

  1. Take a self-guided tour on the NIH Web site
  2. Attend one of the fundamentals of human subjects workshops (now being offered by the Research Conduct and Compliance Office [RCCO])
  3. Serve on an IRB
  4. Participate in a departmental tutorial arranged through RCCO
  5. Take the Web-based University of Pittsburgh self-tutorial (http://www.health.pitt.edu/rpf)

Four of these methods do not include a testing component and will likely not be sufficient in the future.

The Final PHS Policy on Instruction in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) is available at http://ori.dhhs.gov.

Pitt's online tutorial will ultimately include four modules:

  1. Module 1 -- Research Integrity
  2. Module 2 -- Human Subjects
  3. Module 3 -- Use of Animals in Experimentation
  4. Module 4 -- Radiation Safety

Module 1 is currently operational. Modules 2, 3, and 4 will be available within a few months. Each module will contain a testing component, and you must receive an 80% or better score to be certified. If you don't pass the overall test, you will be required to take quizzes on each of the chapters within Module 1.  All the core areas listed in the PHS Policy on RCR are covered in Module 1 except for Human Subjects and Use of Animals in Experimentation.

As of February 21, 2001, the Office of Research Integrity (ORI) posted a notice in the Federal Register that its instructional requirement is suspended. However, this will most likely remain an internal requirement for researchers in the Health Science schools.

Module 1 will be a uniform requirement while the other modules will be determined later, based on the area of research. Anyone who goes through the Internal Review Board (IRB) will likely be required to complete the human subjects section.

Rosenberg demonstrated Module 1 by projecting some of its contents from the web.

Crouch suggested that Mr. Rosenberg be invited to demonstrate the other modules as they evolve.

MINUTES

No changes were requested to the minutes of the January 18, 2001 meeting.

COMMERCIALIZATION OF INVENTIONS THROUGH INDEPENDENT COMPANIES POLICY

Council was asked to review the latest revisions to the policy and be prepared to comment at the next meeting.

CENTRAL RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT FUND (CRDF) - SMALL GRANTS PROGRAM

Subcommittee Chairs have been selected.

Health Sciences - Yalowich
Science & Engineering - Tabakin
Social Sciences & Humanities - Husted

Chairs should contact Theresa Dunn in the Office of Research to arrange pickup of proposals. Reviews and recommendations are due to Helen Jarosz (826 CL) by April 9, 2001.

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

  • One new grants and contracts officer has been hired and another is back from leave. Response times should improve. Constituencies will be realigned in the spring.
  • There have been NSF FastLane queue delays. Crouch recommends starting your submission two business days prior to the deadline.
  • The Survival Skills and Ethics Workshop focused on "Grantspersonship" is scheduled for February 24, 2001.
  • There will be a Interdisciplinary Research Partnerships workshop on March 13, 2001 in 2K56 Posvar Hall. Bow Lowman will lead the workshop. Online registration will be available on the Office of Research Web site by next week.
  • There are still 3 spots available for the federal agency briefing scheduled for March 18 and 19.

NEW BUSINESS

No new business was discussed.

The meeting adjourned at 3:48 p.m.

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