Current Status Report - September 2011
Text in red denotes new activity since previous status report.

Provide increased support for faculty research activities

Action Taken

  • Moved the Office of the Vice President for Research to improved and expanded offices in Horace Mann, collocated with the Graduate School offices
  • Finalized and implemented conflict of interest, conflict of commitment, and privacy policies
  • Allocated funds and created a process for making seed funding available to Brown faculty to compete for large-scale, multidisciplinary grants
  • Created Brown Technology Partnerships from Brown University Research Foundation to assist faculty in finding opportunities to use commercialization as a means to enhance the impact of their work
  • Forged strong relations with key governmental agencies, including the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation
  • Forged a working relationship with the University of Rhode Island to secure NSF EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) status for the state of Rhode Island; three-year proposal awarded March 17, 2006, with a portion coming to Brown for proteomics and genomics in the marine life sciences
  • Established a Faculty Research Advisory Board
  • Established the Research Compliance Network to implement a coherent approach to compliance across the University’s research environment
  • Launched outreach programs to educate faculty, students, and staff about rights, responsibilities, and opportunities related to research
  • Finalized and implemented a new policy for intellectual property, patents, and copyrights; approved unanimously by the faculty; accepted by the Corporation in May 2005
  • Reached an agreement with Women & Infants Hospital for Brown Technology Partnerships to manage and market its intellectual property
  • Installed a new in-house data-management system for patent and license tracking
  • Launched new research Web site and implemented a database of Brown faculty and their research
  • Reorganized the research administration infrastructure
  • Refocused and re-energized the Brown Venture Forum, now called the Brown Forum for Enterprise by incorporating it into and managing it under the auspices of the Rhode Island Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (RI-CIE)
  • Hosted conference “Rhode Island Showcase: Cutting Edge Medical Technologies, Biotech Research, and Discovery” involving all major research centers in the state
  • Established ongoing series of workshops to train faculty in the use of “,” the federal electronic grants submission system
  • Vice president for research co-chairs the governor’s Science and Technology Advisory Council that prepares a set of recommendations each year for state funding
  • Successfully launched Coeus, an automated grants-management system in April 2006
  • Appointed full-time proposal coordinator to facilitate multi-investigator initiatives and assist individual faculty with grant submissions
  • Revised University’s research misconduct policy and developed new data retention policy, bringing both into line with federal requirements
  • Received continued recognition of Brown faculty (including many PAE hires) from prestigious fellowships, including awards from Guggenheim Foundation, American Council of Learned Societies, National Endowment for the Humanities, Fulbright program, and Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, among others
  • Founded the Institute for Molecular and Nanoscale Innovation (IMNI)
  • Created Web site database to facilitate faculty applications for funding opportunities with restricted submission policies
  • Published inaugural report from the Office of the Vice President for Research
  • Hired a director of finance and administration in the Office of the Vice President of Research
  • Developed competitive guidelines and policies for the awarding of Seed and Salomon funds
  • Developed and piloted a certificate program in research administration and compliance for department administrators to enhance support for administrative aspects of sponsored research and faculty adherence to federal and University policies
  • Hosted forum for faculty and staff on how current export control regulations may affect international research and international collaborations
  • Completed extension of core network capability to 10gb to facilitate research data access
  • Completed Reports of the Research Advisory Board Strategic Plan – Information Technology Support, Infrastructure Working Group, and Research Storage Working Group
  • Developed a proprietary Web site and database to track funding opportunities and keep faculty informed about the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) stimulus package
  • Hired a director of research initiatives to support interdisciplinary, inter-institutional, and industry interactions leading to collaboration-innovation opportunities for increased funding and improved research profile
  • Implemented a working group to create a strong platform for data exchange between campus and clinical researchers
  • Developed training program in research administration and compliance to enhance departmental administrator support for research faculty
  • Revised the Conflict of Interest Policy for Officers of Instruction and Research according to federal policy and national practices
  • Created the “Sponsored Projects Pocket Compliance Guide for Principal Investigators” in support of faculty conducting sponsored research
  • Began deployment of a second phase of Coeus, which will allow faculty members streamlined access to electronic submission of grant and contract proposals
  • Signed memorandum of understanding with Draper Laboratory in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to build research in energy
  • Established a formal partnership with IBM in May 2009 to significantly improve Brown’s high-performance computing capacity and work collaboratively with IBM and other institutions on critical research opportunities
  • Developed Bearcore, a training module on responsible conduct of science which was offered to undergraduate, graduate, and faculty who perform NSF-sponsored research
  • In association with Lewis Burke Associates, arranged for young faculty to spend a day in Washington, D.C., to meet with program offices at the federal funding agencies to help them plan their research programs at Brown
  • Established the Technology Ventures Office to handle all technology transfer activities for Brown.  Hired Katherine Gordon to head this office
  • Increased staffing in the Office of Sponsored Projects and Research Protection Office
  • Launched the Rhode Island Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (RI-CIE) to mentor faculty inventors and faculty interested in starting businesses.  RI-CIE won two statewide awards for outstanding awards in its first two years and has served over 5,000 individuals
  • Explored interactive databases of researchers and recommended selection of VIVO
  • Completed the OVPR strategic planning process to advance the research enterprise by identifying signature areas for research

Action Needed

  • Identify further opportunities for new research programs across departments and disciplines
  • Develop a large-scale, multidisciplinary grant-seeking program by supporting proposal writing, creating incentives, and building research productivity
  • Develop a strategic plan to strengthen federal funding and identify appropriate programs in federal agencies that connect with Brown’s strengths
  • Further investigate ways to improve communications and relations with faculty regarding research and compliance issues and agendas
  • Continue negotiations with research institutions and affiliated hospitals regarding a common platform for building technology transfer
  • Design and implement a data exchange platform for clinical translation sciences
  • Develop strategy to secure relationships with national venture capital community
  • Develop a new and more interactive database of researchers at Brown
  • Expand corporate support of research across campus


  • Provost
  • Vice President for Research
  • Dean of Medicine and Biological Sciences
  • Vice President for Computing and Information Services/CIO

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