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Best Practice Policy for Research Faculty Effort

Faculty are responsible for monitoring their activities to ensure that their effort is supported by fund sources appropriate to their activities, and for certifying their effort on an annual basis.

Appointments to the research professor track require that the faculty member participate in activities that cannot be supported from sponsored funds. The faculty member and their appointing unit are responsible for monitoring and ensuring that their level of non-sponsored support is appropriate for their current activities. As a best practice, it is recommended that a minimum base of 5% non-sponsored effort be maintained for faculty in the research professor track.

Appointments to the research scientist track, particularly at the entry level ranks, may not require the faculty member to be engaged in effort that is not fully supported by sponsored funds. Appointing units must ensure that funding sources match the expectations that they have established for each position. The faculty member and their appointing unit are responsible for monitoring and ensuring that the level of non-sponsored support is appropriate. As a best practice, when non-sponsored support is required, it is recommended that a minimum base of 5% non-sponsored effort be maintained for faculty in the research scientist track.

Term-limited research scientist track appointments established to fulfill specific requirements of sponsored projects are an example of a situation where 100% support from sponsored funds would be appropriate.

 

Office of the Vice President for Research, January 2011