External Committees

List of external committees with CPI representative(s)

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Council for the Built Environment (CBE)

  • Charge: Make recommendations to the President on all aspects of the campus built environment in support of the university’s core missions of teaching, scholarship and research, and engagement as well as to support the realization of the goals contained in Vision 2020.
  • CPI members serving: Penny Riggs (Agriculture and Life Sciences – voting member 2015-16); Jim Grau (non-voting member 2015-16, will assume voting membership on 2016-17)
  • Length of term: Two years (year 1 – as non-voting member; year 2 – as voting member)
  • Reports to date/Status: No report summaries have been submitted to date from CPI members serving on this Council.

EPIK-Maestro Working Group

  • Charge: Assist in the development of EPIK-Maestro, an enterprise-wide system to support researchers and research administration across The Texas A&M University System
  • CPI members serving: Victor Ugaz (Engineering)
  • Length of term: n/a
  • Reports to date/Status: No reports have been submitted for several months. It is unknown if the working group still meets.

Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP)

  • Charge: An association of federal agencies, academic research institutions with administrative, faculty and technical representation, and research policy organizations that work to streamline the administration of federally sponsored research. Identify, test, and implement new, more effective ways of managing the more than $15 billion in federal research grants. FDP is a forum for individuals from universities and nonprofits to work collaboratively with federal agency officials to improve the national research enterprise. The CPI representative to FDP will attend 2 – 3 meetings per year as a representative of the university, providing a brief report to the VPR’s office.
  • CPI members serving: Steve DiMarco
  • Length of term: Three years

Intellectual Property Constituent Committee (IPCC)

  • Charge: Review quarterly reports provided by the Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC) and make recommendations on policies and other matters relating to intellectual property affecting faculty to the Oversight Committee, which is chaired by the Chancellor.
  • CPI members serving: Victor Ugaz
  • Length of term: Three years

Laboratory Safety Advisory Committee

  • Charge: Review the lab safety training documentation for lab classes (~15-20) offered in the fall, spring and summer semesters. Colleges and departments decide which lab classes will be reviewed. The instructor
  • CPI members serving: TBA
  • Length of term: One year

Research Development Fund Advisory Committee

  • CPI members serving: Penny Riggs, James Batteas, Arum Han
  • Length of term: TBA

SRS PI/Faculty Advisory Committee (PIFAC)

  • Charge: Represents the interests and concerns of the System-wide research community in the area of sponsored research administration, providing feedback on OSRS service levels and best practices.
  • CPI members serving: TBA
  • Length of term: None

SRS Roles and Responsibilities Committee

  • Charge: n/a
  • CPI members serving: Helene Andrews-Polymenis (HSC-College of Medicine); Mary Bryk (COALS)
  • Length of term: None

Texas A&M University Research Compliance Committee

  • Charge: To establish a communications network between individuals with research compliance roles and responsibilities and stakeholders (including faculty and researchers), enhance services provided to researchers, ensure coordination of compliance efforts, assist each other on developing and implementing enhancements to existing processes, procedures, and to share training resources and best practices. The Committee reports to the Vice President for Research.
  • CPI members serving: Vytas Bankaitis (College of Medicine)
  • Length of term: n/a

Texas A&M University Multidisciplinary Accounting Committee (T-MAC)

  • Charge: Contribute to documents and guidance related to how PIs split their projects among principals so that all participants will be able to sign off and to receive expenditure credit for their department/college, IDC return when appropriate and also have information to assist the department in charging salaries to the grant, etc.
  • CPI members serving: Steve DiMarco (Geosciences)
  • Length of term: n/a

Transportation Services Advisory Committee (TSAC)

  • Charge: Provide advice and input to Transportation Services concerning policy, user fees, or other issues that affect the campus community; evaluate service levels and demands for new services in relation to their associated costs and the necessity of a self-supporting financial condition for Transportation Services; and develop a consultative process and communication plan to assure the campus community is kept informed about policy and price changes, in advance of implementation, to allow sufficient time for input from the campus community.
  • CPI members serving: Margaret Hobson (TEES)
  • Length of term: One year

University Research Council (URC)

  • Charge: Provides advice and assistance to the Vice President for Research on the development of research, research planning, and research policy. It is an advisory body that may consider any matter of policy and procedures regarding University research. The Council may make recommendations on the manner by which research is initiated and conducted in support of the primary teaching function of the University. The URC reports to the VPR.
  • CPI members serving: Craig Kaplan (COALS)
  • Length of term: 1 year