University Research Council

September 17, 2008

Meeting Summary


Council Agenda

Dr. Klinzing discussed the URCís annual agenda.The Council will continue to sponsor the Multidisciplinary Small Grant Program, the Central Research Development Fund, and the Federal Agencies Trip.The Council should determine whether faculty can benefit from research-related training programs (e.g., proposal-writing workshops) and whether industryís research and development strategies can be applied at the University.Individuals from research-related administrative units will continue to speak at Council meetings.The Provost will deliver the URCís charge at the Councilís next meeting.

Report from the Office of Research

Allen DiPalma, Director of the Office of Research, discussed the Universityís electronic grants management program.His office is implementing the programís proposal development module.This module will enable investigators to route a proposal through the internal signature process and permit researchers to submit the proposal electronically to the sponsoring agency.

The Office of Research continues to sponsor the Research Administratorsí forum.Mr. DiPalma uses these meetings to inform departmental research staff about an array of research-related issues.Upcoming forums will address InfoEd, the software that supports the aforementioned grants management program, and material transfer agreements (MTAs).

Mr. DiPalma also discussed:

Miscellaneous

Council members also discussed: