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

Significantly increase the level of external support for sponsored research

Action Taken

  • Secured federal funding for large-scale, multidisciplinary research projects such as the new Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorders and a planning grant for a nano-medicine center
  • Increased campus-based sponsored research projects by 14 percent in FY05, from $119 million to more than $135 million
  • Secured large-scale sponsored research funds that have included an $11.5 million NIEHS Superfund grant and a $1.8 million National Science Foundation Nanoscale Interdisciplinary Research Teams (NSF NIRT) grant as a result of research seed fund investments
  • Secured $9.4 million NSF renewal grant to support the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center
  • Raised more than $51 million in research grant funds that can be connected to OVPR Seed Fund investments
  • Secured $1.8 million W.M. Keck Foundation grant for Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Conducted day-long workshop with two senior program officers from National Institutes of Health to assist faculty in becoming more competitive in their applications for federal research grants. More than 100 faculty and post-docs participated in the workshop
  • Expanded media coverage of faculty research accomplishments by securing stories in numerous national and international media outlets. In addition, PAUR regularly promotes faculty research on the homepage of the University’s Web site
  • Hired Director of Research Initiatives
  • Conducted a day long workshop with two program officers from NSF to assist faculty in becoming more competitive in their applications for federal grants
  • Secured $14M contract from NIH as part of the National Children’s Study. Research will be jointly performed by Brown and Women and Infants Hospital
  • Released “A Broken Pipeline?”, a nationally distributed, collaborative report highlighting the dire implications for Americans’ health and promising research should flat funding from NIH continue
  • Received $790,000 in funding from new sources including the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, the Pew Scholars Program in Biomedical Science, and the Dreyfus New Faculty award
  • Created an administrative industry activities committee to communicate industry activities across campus to leverage larger opportunities
  • Hired the Washington, D.C.-based consulting firm Lewis-Burke Associates to advise the University in the process of applying for federal funding and guide faculty in developing contacts with federal funding agencies
  • Secured $950,500 from the U.S. Department of Energy for the Brown Energy Research Imitative
  • Developed statewide working groups to leverage opportunities for the broader research enterprise, and secured research infrastructure and resources to support research collaborations
  • Enhanced functionality of Database of Research and Researchers at Brown
  • Received $36M in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding
  • Awarded an NSF Math Institute grant for $15.5M over five years
  • Brown received a record $179.7M in sponsored funding awards in FY11, including both ARRA and non-ARRA funding
  • Brown has received a total of $42.7M in ARRA funded sponsored awards since the beginning of this program in FY09

Action Needed

  • Develop a large-scale, multidisciplinary grant-seeking program by supporting proposal writing, creating incentives, and building research productivity
  • Develop a strategic plan for federal funding by agency
  • Further improve functionality of Database of Research and Researchers at Brown by connecting to other systems and departments within the University


  • Provost
  • Vice President for Research
  • Senior Vice President for University Advancement

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