RESEARCH COORDINATING COUNCIL

Memorandum 120

April 22, 1999


Members Present: Brian Attebery, Richard Brey, Chris Daniels, Kay Flowers, Dianne Horrocks, Edwin House (presiding), Dave Kleist, Rudy Kovacs, Mark McBeth, Subbaram Naidu, Sarah Patrick, Anna Ratka, Keith Weber, Dan Wolfley
 

Members Absent/Excused: Tebbs Adams, Barbara Adamcik, Ron Balsley, Jonathan Blotter,

Steve Daley Frank Harmon, Richard Inouye, Skip Lohse,

Jerry Priddy, Paul Zelus
 

Dr. House declared a quorum was present.
 

I. It was MSC (8y, 0n) to approve Memorandum #119 with editorial changes.
 

II. REPORTS
 

A. SBOE - Dr. Bowen had a very nice dinner for the people who had worked to make the Idaho Accelerator Center (IAC) and the Center for Ecological Research and Education

(CERE) proposals successful. The IAC still needs additional funding; Dr. House is hopes to obtain these funds from DOD.

B. The Undergraduate Research Day was well-attended. Dr. House hopes that more disciplines, such as those in the health professions and humanities will participate in the future. The Health Professions Research Day is tomorrow. Funds have been allocated to support an undergraduate research committee and Dr. House is currently in the process of forming this committee.

C. Faculty Research Committee (FRC) - Dr. Harmon was selected as the Distinguished Researcher for 1999. FRC will meet next Friday to finalize decisions on proposals. There are about 16 proposals of good quality. All have a good chance of being funded because of the funds available.

D. Graduate Student Research and Scholarship Committee (GSRSC) - Dr. House reported that 15 research proposals were funded (the maximum award is $1,000) and that seven dissemination proposals were funded for up to $150 each.
 

E. University Research Committee (URC) - One of the URC proposals (as well as one FRC proposal) was transferred for consideration in the Released Time to Seek External Funding competition.

G. Dr. House reported the funds for the INEEL/ISU Research Alliances have been released and contracts are being prepared.

III. COUNCIL BUSINESS
 

A. Conflict of Interest Policy - NIH and NSF are both requiring conflict of interest policies. Brad Hall is reviewing these policies to see how they fit in with ISU's current policy. Ms. Horrocks stated she made the changes requested on pages 9 and 10. On page 9 under "Appeal Process" a change was made to state the Academic Vice President would be the one to review after the Conflict of Interest Advisory Committee had made its recommendation. Ms. Horrocks also rewrote the first paragraph on page 10 for clarity. She informed the committee that the University Counsel said this could be used either way. It could be used as policy or could be used for external funding agencies. He felt one policy would be less confusing but will have to discuss this with administration because the policy will have to be approved by the State Board of Education. Dr. Patrick said this policy is necessary to remain eligible for external funding. She recommended that this be discussed with faculty. It was MSC (7y, 1n) to approve the policy.
 

It was MSC (8y, 0n) to prepare a one-page checklist and refer to the policy at the bottom of the page.
 

B. Suggested Promotion Guidelines for Research Center/Institute Directors - Dr. House said the a handout distributed at the previous meeting was a starting point. The university would be well-served to have a set of guidelines in each academic unit. Dr. House will revise these guidelines to create a more general document.

C. RTSEF - Dr. Lawson will only pay replacement cost - about $3500. It was MSC (7y,

1 abstention, 0n) to recommend all three RTSEF proposals to Dr. Lawson for funding.

The meeting adjourned at 4:50 p.m.