To: Council of Deans
From: Jacques Gansler
Subject: Vice President for Research Priorities for Distribution of the DRIF
Date: July 19, 2005
The Vice President for Research (VPR) has policymaking and oversight responsibilities
for the research mission of the University of Maryland.
The VPR leads, facilitates, and supports current research initiatives across the campus,
advocates for research needs and resources, advocates for and supports technology
transfer, enables development of new research areas and interdisciplinary efforts, and
fosters programs that encourage economic development.
Key to the VPR's role is the strategic use of the Designated Research Initiative Fund
("DRIF") to consolidate and elevate the University's stature as a scholarly institution and
to strengthen and enlarge the University's research activities.
Priorities for VPR DRIF Support
With the goal of building a great research university and in response to the 2004 Report of the
Task Group on Academic Incentives, Efficiencies, and Effectiveness, the VPR will strategically
target the university-wide DRI funds more directly to the academic units in which indirect cost is
generated through external research to support the following activities (see Appendix A for