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Research Business Models Subcommittee CoS NSTC Summary of Activities by vmarcelo

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									Research Business Models
Subcommittee,
CoS, NSTC
 Summary of Activities


NSF Business and Operations
Advisory Committee

                              Geoff Grant
                              October 22, 2003
Research Business Models
Subcommittee*
Goals:
  facilitate a coordinated effort across Federal
  agencies to identify and address important policy
  implications arising from the changing nature of
  scientific research

  examine the concomitant impacts these changes
  have had or should have on business models and
  business practices for the conduct of scientific
  research sponsored by the Federal government
  and carried out by academic, industrial, and
  government entities
                                      *http://rbm.nih.gov/
Research Business Models:
Workgroups

  Common Practices Among Agencies
     Chair: Tom Cooley, CFO, NSF
  Alignment of Funding Mechanisms with
  Scientific Opportunities
     Co-Chairs:
     Nat Pitts, Director, Integrative Activities, NSF
     Christine Chalk, Program Analyst, DOE
  Appropriate Costs of Research Enterprise:
  determination, recovery, accountability
     Co-chairs:
     Chuck Paoletti, ONR
     Belinda Seto, Acting DDER, NIH
Request for Information
Due October 6, 2003
Summary
 Total Comments                             46
 Associations*                              12
 Federal                                    2
 Agencies/FFRDCs
                                            10
 Individuals                                3
 Industry/Small                             19
 Business
 Universities
  * AAU, NASULGC, COGR, AAMC, AIRI, FDP, 3 animal welfare associations, etc.
Regional Meetings
  Berkeley- Lawrence Livermore
      Alignment of Funding Mechanisms with Scientific Opportunities
    October 27, 2003
  Minneapolis- University of Minnesota
      Common Practices Among Agencies
    November 12, 2003
  Chapel Hill- University of North Carolina and Duke University
      Appropriate Costs of Research Enterprise: determination, recovery,
       accountability
   November 17, 2003
  Washington, D.C- RBM
      Priorities and Next Steps
      December 9-10
Preliminary Themes of Public
Comments
  Align Funding Mechanisms with Science:
     Develop new policies and business arrangements to foster
      development, use, and continuous improvement of shared
      facilities and equipment
      Foster more cross-disciplinary support for special facilities
      and Federal labs, e.g as in NIH use of synchrotron facilities
     Increase support for specialized, shared instrumentation,
      especially MRIs, PET, and mass spectrometers
     Examine sufficiency of funding for “mid-size” multi-
      investigator funding
     Improve peer review oversight, extend its use more broadly,
      and coordinate inter-agency communication on project
      funding
     Implement a Federal facility loan guarantee program as
      recommended in NIH report
Preliminary Themes of Public
Comments
 Common Practices:
     Reaffirm principles of the partnership
     Avoid overemphasis on “business models”, research is not a
      business
     Reconcile principles, cost reimbursement, regulations and
      operating policies, and audit practices
     Emphasize evaluation based on outcomes, not accounting
     Eliminate existing barriers (political and practical) for
      projects that transcend disciplines and specific agency
      missions
     Research administrative practices can be aligned with based
      on types of science and support, e.g single projects,
      investigator portfolios, multiple, collaborating investigators,
      and multidisciplinary, multi-agency projects
     Establish one eGov. solution, not multiple agency solutions
     Reaffirm Bayh-Dole tech transfer principles and minimize
      agency specific limitations of rights
Preliminary Themes of Public
Comments
  Appropriate Costs of the Research Enterprise:
     Admin. cap, salary cap, caps on stipends and tuition costs,
      and elimination of the Biomedical Research Support Grant
      are inconsistent with basic objectives and shifts legitimate
      research costs to awardees
     Increases in compliance costs cannot be borne by recipients
      alone without impairing the research enterprise
     The cap on reimbursement of administrative costs and
      related cost-shifting are central issues that must be
      addressed in any discussion of Federal-academic business
      models
     The principle of full cost reimbursement is vital for the
      partnership to be successful
     Modify A-21 to allow direct charging of administrative
      services directly linked to the performance of research
Next Steps
  Synthesize Comments and Agency Perspectives
  Prioritize Issues
     Short term low hanging fruit
     Longer term, even more critical issues
  Design Implementation, Assign, Follow up,
  Implement
  Bring Issues Back to the B&O Advisory Committee
     Prioritizing?
     Sanity Check?
     Endorsement?
     Facilitating Solutions?

								
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