RESEARCH COORDINATING COUNCIL
Memorandum No. 106
September 18, 1997
MEMBERS PRESENT: Tebbs Adams, Jennifer Attebery, Jonathan Blotter, Richard
Brey, Leonard Hitchcock, Dianne Horrocks, Dave Kleist, Rudy Kovacs,
MEMBERS ABSENT/EXCUSED: Ron Balsley, Frank Harmon, Richard Holmer, Richard
Inouye, Allen Jackson, Sarah Patrick, Paul Zelus
Tom LaHann, Jeff Meldrum, Kevin Moore, Dan Wolfley ,Edwin House (presiding)
I. Corrections to Memorandum #105--Jonathan Blotter, Frank Harmon,
and Tom LaHann absent, votes changed to 8y, 0n. It was MSC (9y, 0n) to
approve Memorandum #105 as corrected.
A. Faculty Research Committee - Of the 22 proposals, 9 were awarded
for a total of $23,781. Of those awarded, there were two from the Arts
and Humanities, two from the Natural Sciences, two from Pharmacy, two from
Health Professions, and one from Social Sciences. The call for nominations
for area representatives from Social Sciences, Fine Arts and Humanities,
and the College of Business has been issued; the graduate student representative
has been solicited from Biological Sciences. The call for fall proposals
has gone out.
B. Graduate Student Research and Scholarship Committee - No report
as Dr. House is waiting for a decision by this committee for the member
that will represent them at the Research Coordinating Council meetings.
This committee meets tomorrow.
C. University Research Committee - This committee meets only in the
spring semester. Of the eight proposals received, seven were funded at
least in part. This committee awards about 80% of its allocation on equipment.
There were not sufficient funds for Dr. Kovacs proposal, so Dr. House made
up the difference out of carryover research funds.
D. Outcome of Technology Incentive Grant Competition - ISU, U of I,
LCSC and BSU entered into a competition for $2.5 million. This is to fund
new advances in instruction with computer technology and required collaboration
with other academic departments, colleges and/or industry, as shown in
the report to Dr. Lawson. ISU developed a strategy to improve our success
rate by forming a subcommittee of the Technology Oversight Committee to
review proposals before they were sent in. There were two meetings to make
sure the proposal matched with the RFP and had good technical information.
ISU won awards on three proposals in which we were the lead. The principal
investigators for these proposals are Dr. Linda Hatzenbuehler, Dr. Bill
Yates, and Dr. Edwin House. On the GIS proposal, there was collaboration
with CSI, three major industries and several ISU academic departments.
ISU is also a significant partner on four others. The net dollar flow to
ISU is $1,009,518. The attached list shows who the lead institutions are
on those proposals.
There will be a new competition this spring. If anyone thinks they
might be interested, please let Dr. House and Deb Easterly in Sponsored
Programs know, and they will provide the appropriate materials.
E. Infrastructure FY98 Allocation - Dr. House makes a recommendation
to Dr. Lawson and this is normally followed. These funds are used to help
meet the match required by NSF EPSCoR in conjunction with U of I. The faculty
travel fund is not open-ended. The faculty member receiving these funds
must be using this to solicit external funding. These funds cannot be used
for travel to present a paper. Individual faculty can make requests to
Dr. House or Dianne Horrocks; they must document how they are seeking external
funding. We participate with 15 other states and Puerto Rico in the EPSCoR
program and pay $4,000 annual membership dues to be a member of the EPSCoR
The attached list shows how the funds for FY98 were allocated. One
of the Museum’s adjunct faculty is writing a proposal for about $1.2 million
and Dr. Lai in Pharmacy is developing a new research center, which Dr.
House is nurturing. MCERC uses its funds for continued development, CERE
uses it for equipment and release time. Some of these funds were given
to assist the Institute of Rural Health Studies with partial salary assistance
and material and supplies. The Counseling Department requested help with
purchasing a new software package called "NUDIST" and received assistance
from these funds. The investment of infrastructure funds is already paying
off. Dr. Patrick has received a $300,000 grant from the Center of Disease
Control. The College of Arts and Sciences receives some of these funds
for start-up funding for new faculty, and this is part of the matching
funds required by NFS EPSCoR. Physics received some for an adjunct faculty
project and $13,706 for equipment. The call for requests for infrastructure
funds goes out annually, usually in April.
F. Final Outcome of RTEF Competition - Dr Lawson made the decision
to fund the top three proposals--Larry Smith, Kathleen Kangas, and Traci
Bliss. Dr. Bliss used her time during the summer to write a proposal to
the Albertson Foundation and was awarded $600,000--a good return on the
investment. Dr. Smith and Dr. Kangas are writing proposals, and there is
expectation of significant monetary return. Other parts of the campus recommended
Jack Rose and Rick Holmer for release time, so they were funded from other
III. COUNCIL BUSINESS
A. Humanities/Social Sciences Research Fund - Due to the new requirement
that Special Project Research Grants demonstrate economic development or
commercial value, they appear to be unsympathetic to the social sciences
and humanities areas. Dr. Bowen asked Dr. House and Leo Herrman for an
average of the monies received since 1993 to make a recommendation of an
annual allocation for the grant proposals in the social sciences and humanities
areas. The best year was 1996; the recommendation to the President was
to fund $62,000. The President decided to set aside $100,000 as a special
research fund for competitive grant proposals from the social sciences
and humanities. The Research Coordinating Council must recommend to the
Faculty Senate how the fund will be handled. Dr. House asked for nominations
from each Humanities/Social Science department for a representative to
serve on an ad hoc committee to recommend a basic plan to the Research
Coordinating Council. This committee will discuss concerns and then advance
to the Research Coordinating Council their recommendations. The Research
Coordinating Council will review these suggestions and then advance recommendations
to the Faculty Senate. When the Faculty Senate approves these recommendations,
they will be put in place.
Dr. House has the new RFP which states proposals must show commercial value
to the State. However, there is a possibility that this competition may
be canceled. It requires a subcommittee on campus to determine what constitutes
"commercial value" and "economic development." The maximum grant is still
B. Change in RTEF RFP and Guidelines - New criterion was used to decide
who to fund. The top three proposals were funded because they were written
to generate indirect cost for the institution. The Research Coordinating
Council will need to make this revision to the guidelines and the call.
C. Data Ownership Issues - The Research Coordinating Council should develop
a policy regarding data and information on how authorship is handled on
papers. Students must be protected but also have responsibilities. One
item that needs to be addressed is: On a paper published based on thesis
or dissertation research, should the student be listed first or be the
sole author? Several other issues related to data ownership need to be
considered. Dr. House will write a first draft to initiate the discussion.
The final policy will be part of the Research Policies and Procedures Manual.
D. Support for Research Titles: Faculty, Postdocs, etc. - This document
is currently in the hands of the Faculty Senate. There are two concerns
in Health Professions and Pharmacy--people hired who are not in a tenure-track
position want more security, and the terms are not obvious to people who
are here for one, two, or three years at a time ("visiting"). The new titles
will also create opportunities to hire full-time research faculty. University
of Montana has about two dozen of these.
Temporary positions mean the source of funding is terminating. The College
of Health Professions and Engineering are hopeful of doing away with the
title "Adjunct". Postdocs are considered faculty but are temporary. If
funding is to last longer than three years, then they should be changed
to a faculty title. The Postdoctoral fellows’ primary responsibility is
to do research. They will not be required to do much teaching. The proposed
title limits them to 6 credits/academic year. Postdoctoral Associates may
be used to teach, perform research or fulfill service obligations. Postdoctoral
Clinical Associates may be used for teaching duties and clinical positions.
The issue was raised concerning the issue and use of a faculty card. The
privileges are not the same but there is no way to monitor this because
there is no differentiation between regular and affiliate faculty on the
card. One of the privilegess that affiliate faculty receive that regular
faculty don’t is a free parking permit. Dr. House said this is because
they provide a service to the University, and this usually is their only
form of compensation.
It was MSC (9y, 0n) to approve the document for the nontenure track
faculty and forward it to the Faculty Senate as a recommendation to approve.
E. Extra Compensation for Faculty, re-review - This topic refers to extra
compensation for faculty members from a source other than the University.
The Research Coordinating Council should make recommendations to forward
to the Faculty Senate. Several of the existing rules regarding this were
F. Graduate Student Research Committee Concerns - Some students expressed
unhappiness to Dean House with some aspects of the committee. Dr. House
made a promise that he would oversee the committee this year and the meetings
would be held in the Office of Research Conference Room. Students will
be notified before the end of the semester whether or not they have been
awarded. It is imperative that the committee make decisions in a timely
manner for this to occur.
Meeting adjourned at 5:08 p.m.