UNIVERSITY RESEARCH COUNCIL
DR. GEORGE E. KLINZING, CHAIR
MINUTES --
JUNE 7, 2001


The meeting was called to order at 2:38 p.m.

MINUTES/ANNOUNCEMENTS

No changes were requested were requested to the minutes of the April 25, 2001 meeting.

  • This will be the last meeting of Council for the academic year.
  • Council members were asked to send ideas for next year's charge to Klinzing.
  • The research integrity module has been mandated for researchers in the Health Sciences.
  • Klinzing will help finance faculty trips to ORNL to explore research opportunities.
  • The workshop on writing proposals to foundations will be held on June 12, 2001.

COMMERCIALIZATION OF INVENTIONS THROUGH INDEPENDENT COMPANIES

The revised policy will now be routed to the Deans' Council as part of the approval process.

PATENT POLICY

Revision of this policy is still underway.

COMMITTEE DISCUSSION

Beckman suggested that Council find a way to facilitate formation of interdisciplinary groups. It was suggested that Council host a session for successful collaborators to share their experiences and forecast successful submission tactics.

Tabakin suggested that attention be given to the recruitment, advising, and mentoring of graduate students. Venkataramanan suggested an open graduate research presentation.

Ashley wondered if there was a database in place to tie researchers together. He proposed that a search engine be developed to tie abstracts together.

Yalowich recommended that the mentoring program for faculty be expanded.

SUCCESSFUL UNIVERSITY RESEARCHERS WORKSHOP

Beckman provided a synopsis of the workshop held on May 4, 2001. Members of the panel shared tips on writing grants and understanding the review process. The workshop was videotaped and is available from Klinzing.

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

SRA Study Section Notes indicate the following success rates for R01 applications:

 

1998 class

1999 class

original submissions

18%

19%

first revisions

32%

33%

second and last revisions

40%

40%

On June 1, 2001, NSF FastLane implemented the lastest phase of electronic signature.

There have been several personnel changes in the Office of Research. Recruitment efforts are still underway.

NEW BUSINESS

No new business was discussed.
 

The meeting adjourned at 3:19 p.m.

 

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