Committees to the Vice Provost for Research include: the Provost Council on Research, the Research Compliance Oversight Committee, the Conflict of Interest Standing Committee, the Human Research Advisory Committee, the Animal Program Advisory Committee, and the Human Stem Cell Research Advisory Committee.
The Vice Provost for Research serves as a resource for the University’s strategic research planning and development and Chairs a number of Penn committees, including:
The Provost Council on Research (PCR) is an advisory committee to the Vice Provost for Research and plays an important role in formulating and implementing research policies across the University. The Council is constituted of faculty leaders from each of the twelve Schools. Members of the Office of the Vice Provost for Research and the leadership of each of the reporting offices attends the Council and discusses issues of import with respect to strategic oversight and management of Penn’s research enterprise. PCR meets on a monthly basis during the academic year.
Inquiries regarding PCR should be directed to: Josie Rook, Executive Director, Office of the Vice Provost for Research, firstname.lastname@example.org
University Research Compliance Committee
The University Research Compliance Committee serves in an advisory capacity to the Vice Provost for Research to ensure that the University’s and Schools’ senior management and academic leaders are informed regarding the status of the Research Compliance Program. The Committee may provide recommendations and feedback regarding the Compliance Program and the management of research related compliance concerns. The Committee provides a forum for discussing ideas and working collaboratively to promote the University’s research mission in conformity with regulatory requirements.
Inquiries regarding the URCC should be directed to Sam Kessler, Staff Assistant, Vice Provost for Research.
Human Research Advisory Committee
The Human Research Advisory Committee (HRAC) advises the Vice Provost for Research on the need for and implementation of policies and procedures governing human subject research. The Committee is comprised of faculty and administrative stakeholders. Upon the recommendation of the HRAC, the Vice Provost conducts periodic reviews of the human research protection program and budget support for the various components of the program, either through independent mechanisms or as part of a scheduled accreditation process.
Inquiries regarding HRAC should be directed to Sam Kessler, Staff Assistant, Vice Provost for Research.
The Conflict of Interest Standing Committee
The Conflict of Interest Standing Committee (CISC) carries out the University’s formal, peer review process to identify, review and manage research-related financial conflicts of interest for Penn investigators. The CISC meets semi-monthly and serves in an advisory capacity to the Vice Provost for Research in accordance with the University’s research-related conflict of interest policy. Membership consists of standing faculty appointed by the Vice Provost for Research who have voting rights, as well as ex-officio non-voting representatives of various University and School-based research support offices.
Inquiries regarding CISC, should be directed to the Research Integrity Office at email@example.com.
Animal Program Advisory Committee
The Animal Program Advisory Committee (APAC) is committed to ensuring the appropriate, humane, and ethical care and use of animals involved in research and research training activities conducted on our campus. APAC is the institutional committee charged with the continued review and improvement of all aspects of animal research at Penn. The Committee is advisory to the Vice Provost for Research and plays an active role in identifying short and long-range programmatic needs and assists in planning programs, policies, and future facilities which directly and indirectly impact the animal research community. Membership of this committee strives to include representation from each animal facility (within the Schools) that utilizes ULAR, supplemented with ex officio representation of all relevant administrative entities such as the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) and the Office of Environmental Health and Radiation Safety (EHRS). The Committee meets monthly during the academic year.
Inquiries regarding APAC should be directed to Sam Kessler, Staff Assistant, Vice Provost for Research.
Human Stem Cell Research Advisory Committee
The purpose of this committee, charged by the Vice Provost for Research, is to assist the Penn community with the scientific, legal, ethical and compliance considerations that arise from the use of human stem cells in research — including, but not limited to human embryonic stem cells. hSCRAC will work to ensure that stem cell research activity is in compliance with federal, state and local regulations, and with Penn policies, and that it is conducted in accordance with the highest scientific and ethical standards set by NIH and the National Academy of Sciences. It is the role of hSCRAC to provide procedural guidelines to the community on the derivation, procurement, banking and use for research of human stem cells. The hSCRAC reviews all covered activities and helps maintain a registry of human embryonic stem cell lines used for research at Penn.
The University strives to decrease administrative burden on faculty in order to allow more time for the core missions of scholarship and research. The University is implementing this initiative to identify opportunities to reduce administrative burden on Penn’s research community imposed by the University’s research policies, practices, processes and systems.