University Research [Extant]

Goal: Invest funds to strengthen and build infrastructure essential to sustaining scholarly activity and productivity, including planned enhancements of research infrastructure envisioned in the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA) report


Divisional Reporting: Academic Affairs


Working Group Progress Update:

  • Investments provide funds for improvements in facilities and equipment, including targeted purchase of shared equipment for faculty research and core facilities. An open call to all colleges resulted in shared equipment and facilities within six colleges.
  • Investments provide support for multi-disciplinary research. For example, investments support for additional assigned time for faculty to write large, multi-disciplinary grants. A new program was developed and announced to all colleges that offers funds on a competitive basis to provide assigned time at replacement cost to faculty working on larger, collaborative efforts. Funds have been committed to both support faculty assigned time to develop large, cross-disciplinary grants as well as matching funds required to be competitive for large training grants. Personnel from Research Advancement are providing additional support with grant writing and budget development for cross-disciplinary grants, e.g. a recently submitted NSF proposal co-written by 2 areas of excellence: Climate Change and Sustainability and Human Dynamics in a Mobile Age.
  • Investments provide funds for equipment, assigned time and to implement a pre-grant review process. A working group was formed in Fall 2013, utilizing the extant URC committee, and adding additional members. Based on recommendations of the NCURA report, new software solutions for electronic proposal routing and time sheets have been purchased, implemented or are undergoing implementation to increase the efficiency and ease of research administration on campus. A new export control position has been filled to help faculty and colleges understand and comply with new federal export control regulations and procedures.

2013/2014 Working Group Report

Committee Members


Chair: Stephen Welter, (Chair) Graduate and Research Affairs

Ed Beasley
College of Arts and Letters
Mark Wheeler
College of Arts and Letters
Robert Briggs
College of Business Administration
Marilee Bresciani
College of Education
Sam Kassengne
College of Engineering
Tracy Love-Geffen
College of Health and Human Services
Wayne Beach
College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts
Todd Anderson
College of Sciences
Sanford Bernstein
College of Sciences
Doug Grotjahn
College of Sciences
Claire Murphy
College of Sciences
Ramona Perez
College of Sciences
Rick Sayen
College of Sciences
Peter van der Geer
College of Sciences
Kathy Williams
College of Sciences
Rick Gulizia
Graduate and Research Affairs
Jessica Rentto
Administration (Business and Financial Affairs)
Debbie Brighton
SDSU Research Foundation
Michele Goetz
SDSU Research Foundation
Tim Hushen
SDSU Research Foundation
Tommy Martindale
SDSU Research Foundation
Bob Wolfson
SDSU Research Foundation
TBD
Associated Students Representative
TBD
Associated Students Representative