University Research Council
May 13, 2004
Members of the Council met on April 29 to discuss the
Council’s agenda for the upcoming academic year. Attendees suggested that the Council
- expand or supplement the small
grant program so that it supports interdisciplinary research initiatives
- exploit Department of
Homeland Security funding opportunities at the University and within the
- create a speaker series that
focuses on research-related themes, such as federal funding opportunities,
grant writing, and interdisciplinary cooperation
- continue to evaluate new
electronic research administration modules as they are released
undergraduate, graduate, and faculty research “successes” to a broad
REPORT FROM THE
OFFICE OF RESEARCH
InfoEd is providing the software that
the Office of Research is using to update its electronic administrative
procedures. The University of Illinois, UCLA, the University of Pennsylvania, and Texas A&M
are using InfoEd software for the same purpose, so
staff in the Office of Research are exchanging information with their
counterparts at these universities in order to maximize the effectiveness of
the system. Staff teams within the
Office are coordinating input from throughout the University so that the new
system can best serve the University’s researchers.
The schedule for the next series of NCURA professional
development teleconferences is:
- Project Management – June 15, 2004
of Interest Management – September 14, 2004
The Department of Homeland Security has released RFPs for Centers of Excellence on the psychology of
terrorism and the social impact of terrorism.
Representatives from the Keystone Alliance’s member universities met in Philadelphia on April 19th to
discuss the psychology and social impact of terrorism. Representatives of the same universities met
in Pittsburgh on April 28th to
discuss an upcoming RFP for a Center of Excellence on first response to terrorism.
Other occasions of note were:
- The University launched its
Center for National Preparedness on April 15.
Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority awarded funds to the
SMALL GRANTS PROGRAM
The Council funded 28 of the 53 Central Research
Development Fund applications. Thirteen
awards were in the social sciences and humanities, six awards were in the
health sciences, and nine awards were in the sciences and engineering.
Several other issues were discussed:
- George Gopen
of Duke University delivered a writing seminar
on April 16.
- Deadline extensions for
research accounts will be limited in the future.
- Work on the National Energy
Technology Lab proposal continues.
- The University will work more
diligently to further undergraduate research.
- Representatives of Sandia Labs visited the University on May 3.
- Controls on ITARs and ETARs have increased
since September 11, 2001.
- The National Institutes of
Health will conduct a compliance visit on July 14.
Entrepreneurial Oversight and Conflict of Interest Committees were merged
to create a Conflict of Interest Office.