Dissemination of Research
Research Information & Policy Highlights
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Office Hours: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm (Monday through Friday)
Office Location: JD-2 R&D Center Administration Building
The Research and Development Center (R&DC) of the UPR-Mayagüez Campus (UPRM) was envisioned and organized in 1986. By means of its Certification 56, the Council on Higher Education of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico established the Center on September 12, 1986. The R&DC coordinates and manages externally-funded research projects at UPRM. It is also the umbrella for other centers in campus. (See UPRM R&DC Strategic Plan 2008-2016)
The R&DC promotes and provides administrative support for research projects conducted by faculty members of UPRM’s four colleges— Agricultural Sciences, Arts and Sciences, Business Administration and Engineering. The funding partners include business and industry, public and private organizations, as well as government agencies, both federal and local.
R&DC’s Main Clientele:
The R&DC Services are divided into three main areas: Pre-Award, Post-Award, Office of the Director
Pre-Award: The Office of External Resources (ORE), Spanish acronym for Oficina de Recursos Externos revises all proposals submitted to external entities by UPRM on behalf of its faculty. It also offers training in proposal preparation and submission, helps researchers polish and submit proposals for internal funds, runs internal competitions, maintains the institutional record of proposals submitted, and coordinates requests for matching funds for proposals. The recently created Proposal Development Unit (PDU) assists researchers in pre-submission proposal review, resubmission consultation/support, offers grant related trainings and workshops, offers custom funding information and searches, written institutional descriptions (boilerplate information for proposals) and other related services. This unit is sponsored by the NIH-EARDA program and promotes NIH funded research at UPRM.
Post-Award: Seven offices –Accounting and Finance, Budget, Human Resources, Information Technology, Operations and Maintenance, Purchasing, and Receiving and Dispatch– fall under the Administration and Services branch. They have the responsibility of managing all R&DC grants and awards and of providing support services for projects and offices housed within the R&DC premises. These offices also have direct interactions with sponsors, including financial reporting, billing and closeout of projects.
The Office of the Director oversees and coordinates all pre- and post-award responsibilities, and other institutional efforts such as the Bio Sciences and Engineering Initiative (BioSEI), a targeted start-up funding opportunity for UPRM research groups. It also deals with contracting and sub-award matters associated to research.
Responsibilities of the Director:
Responsibilities of the Associate Director:
Responsibilities of the Legal Advisor to the Director:
All awards are made to the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez and can only be accepted by the Authorized Organizational Representative (AOR) at UPRM. Call the R&D Center’s Office of the Director to facilitate the process.
Notification of the Award
The award document is considered an official agreement of the scope of work, the amount the sponsor will provide, and other terms and conditions that govern the project. Sponsors usually send the R&D Center an official notification of an award. However, if award notification has been sent to the PI, the department or other college offices, the award notice and any agreements or contract materials must be forwarded immediately to the R&D Center.
Award notices contain, typically:
Official acceptance of the the sponsored grant, contract, or agreement
Once an agreement has been reviewed and the PI agrees upon the terms, it can be accepted and executed on behalf of the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez. The awards are made to the University of Puerto Rico and not to faculty, staff, or others, since these individuals cannot accept grants or sign contracts and agreements.
Negotiations with business and industry funders can take several weeks and may require final review by UPRM authorities. Contact the R&D Center prior to indicating a sponsor of acceptance of any changes in budget, work scope or intellectual property issues. The Legal Advisor to the R&D Center Director will assist in any negotiations between the sponsor and the PI. A bilateral agreement is a legal document which requires overall concurrence with the technical terms, reporting and financial requirements, among other considerations.
The University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, in line with its Strategic Plan, initiated in 2007, the Bio Science & Engineering Initiative (BioSEI) to promote research and development (R&D) in areas that explore the connection between biology and applied sciences.
This program incorporates some important and unique characteristics:
This initiative is in progress. Five interdisciplinary projects were approved January 2008 for a 1.5 years duration with a UPRM commitment of $413, 490. A second Call for Proposals was announced for the 2009-2010 BioSEI Competition, and seven proposals were approved, with an institutional commitment of $530,000. Click here for a list of BioSEI Awardees.
January 15, 2008-June 30,2009
BioSEI Awardees 2009-2010
January 15, 2009-June 30,2010
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