Action Plan for the University Strategic Plan



2005 Action Plan - Research & Graduate Programs Infrastructure

Recruitment & Retention of Students | Undergraduate Experience | Research & Graduate Programs Infrastructure | Academic Programs & Faculty | Connection to the Greater Community | Infrastructure/Support Improvements

Research & Graduate Programs Infrastructure

Support for the Office of Research is in three broad categories: grants and contracts management and sponsored programs (pre- and post-award processes); support for research and creative activities of faculty; and research integrity and compliance activities. In order to reflect the growth in external funding and keep pace with such growth, we need to find ways to significantly increase funding for the Internal Grants Program and the budget for the Office of Research and Awards Administration.

Research integrity

Continuing support for researchers to learn about and practice procedures that are in compliance with federal and state policies needs to be provided, especially for IRB and IACUC activities.

Internal grants program

Analyses of internal grants programs indicate that these programs provide a significant stimulus to research growth in the university. Attention should also be given to develop programs for underserved groups, especially those groups that do not traditionally attract significant external funds.

Graduate programs

Analyses of graduate tuition waivers, graduate assistantships, and mechanisms supporting grants (pre- and post-awards) will be made to decide how best to financially support research and graduate programs to achieve institutional goals.

At least partial health insurance is available for graduate students at many competing research universities. In order to recruit and retain high quality graduate assistants, we need to find ways to incorporate health insurance to at least the fifty-percent level for FY '06. Graduate student stipends will be analyzed and a strategy developed for improvement of stipend amounts.

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