Report Advocates Changes In Research Administration
A committee appointed by President Philip E. Austin has recommended major revisions in the research administration to improve service to faculty; oversight of the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP); and strategies for technology transfer.
The report, issued in May, also calls for development of increasingly seamless relations between the Health Center and the Storrs campus.
"Although in some cases achieving these goals will require additional University support," the report says, "we believe that the implementation of our recommendations will not only remedy specific problems that currently exist, but also help the University attain its stated goal of raising its research stature within the cohort of top universities in the country."
Austin says the report will be implemented by Interim Provost Fred Maryanski and Janet L. Greger, vice provost for research and graduate education, beginning this fall.
"The committee has served the University well," says Austin. "The report presents a thoughtful, well balanced analysis, and gives us a strong foundation as we work to strengthen our support for research and move ahead as a major center of academic inquiry. I am grateful to Professor David Herzberger for his skilled chairmanship, and to the committee's members for their dedication and perception."
Key recommendations include:
The committee's recommendations for reorganizing OSP were completed this summer. "Post-awards services are now organized into teams that work with individual departments and colleges on matters such as unallowable charges, spending rates, overdrafts, and impending deadlines," says Greger.
"Our discussions have been shaped by goals that we believe are widely shared," the report says, "first, to bring university procedures into compliance with federal regulations; second, to provide the resources necessary for researchers to carry out their work efficiently; and third, to enhance the research potential of the University as a whole."
Members of the committee, in addition to Herzberger, were: Robert Birge, Harold S. Schwenk Sr. Distinguished Chair of Biological Chemistry; Anthony DiBenedetto, emeritus University Professor of chemical engineering; Carol Lammi-Keefe, professor of nutritional sciences; Charles Lowe, professor and head of psychology; Philip Marcus, Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology; and William Stwalley, Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor and head of physics.