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competition, and our institutional character
When the focus shifts to the bottom line,
basic research always takes a hit.
Bagley, Assistant Professor of Law
transfer is just a subset of knowledge transfer.
Liotta, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Chemistry
New: "If technology transfer
offers a solution to the funding crisis in higher education,
it does so only in a very limited way."
interview with Lanny Liebeskind, Professor of Chemistry
me the money . . .
licensing income and patents from Emory and other institutions
is applied research?
from Stanley Chodorow, CEO of the California Virtual University
and former provost of the University of Pennsylvania
Academic Exchange December
1999/January 2000 Contents Page
universities pay some salary to researchers in the sciences,
part of their salary and much of the cost of doing research is
underwritten by agencies like the National Institutes of Health
and the National Science Foundation. Typically, a faculty member
or group of faculty submits a proposal to an agency where it
usually undergoes a rigorous peer review. Far less than half
of all proposals receive funding. Sponsored research at Emory,
however, has more than doubled in the last seven years and in
1999 totaled $205.7 million. Grants cover the cost of everything
used in the research, like lab equipment and supplies, and also
some of the indirect expenses, like facilities and administrative
costs. While funds for research are restricted to research activities,
the percentage of the grant tagged as "indirect" goes
to the school that earned the award and is "unrestricted,"
meaning that the school can use it however it sees fit. According
to Nancy Wilkinson of the Office of Sponsored Programs, the typical
amount of an Emory grant from the NIH is $250,000. This system
has its strengths and weaknesses, says chemistry professor Joseph
Justice. Since most awards cover only a three to five-year period,
it is hard to make longer-term plans or hire people for longer
periods. Competing for funding, however, keeps the work dynamic.