Faculty Research FY2020

Faculty Research FY2020


Faculty Research


Standing Committees of the Faculty Senate


This committee monitors and communicates with administration personnel and governance bodies concerning support for and policies concerning faculty research activities, including the allocation of GRF funds, the implementation of the restricted research policy, and other issues affecting the research environment at KU.

Membership: Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Studies; twelve members of the Faculty serving staggered three-year terms, with not more than one member of any department; one graduate student member elected by the Executive Committee of the Graduate Student Council, who shall participate only in the policy-making functions of the committee; and the Associate Vice Provost for Research who shall be a non‑voting member and who shall serve as secretary of the committee.


Chair: Steven Maynard-Moody, School of Public Affairs & Admin.  (2021), smm@ku.edu
Minyoug Kim, Business (2020), mkim@ku.edu
Chris Elles, Chemistry (2022), elles@ku.edu
Linqin Zhao, Pharmacology & Toxicology (2022), lzhao@ku.edu
Lea Currie, Libraries (2022), lcurrie58@ku.edu
Sarah Robins, Philosophy (2020) skrobins@ku.edu
Peter Bobkowski, Journalism (2020) p902b485@ku.edu
Paulette Spencer, Mech. Eng. (2021) pspencer@ku.edu
Abel Chikanda, Geography & Atmo Science (2021) achikanda@ku.edu
Celka Straughn, Spencer Art Museum (2022) straughn@ku.edu
Becci Akin, Social Welfare (2020), beccia@ku.edu
Barbara Kerr, Educational Psychology (2022), bkerr@ku.edu
Simon Atkinson, Vice Chancellor for Research , satkinson@ku.edu


Belinda Sturm, Associate Vice Chancellor Research, bmcswain@ku.edu
Graduate Student Representative: TBD


Approved by FacEx: June 7, 2019, additional charge added July, 2019.  FacEx approved: September 10, 2019
Approved by Faculty Senate: September 12, 2019

For further information or to schedule a meeting with FacEx to discuss charges or the committee’s work, contact FacEx Chair Shawn Alexander.

  • Minutes of each meeting should be e-mailed to the Governance Office (govern@ku.edu) as they are approved.  The minutes will be posted to the Governance web site.
  • If the committee is recommending a change to university policy or rules, FacEx must officially receive that recommendation by March 31, 2020, in order to meet timeline requirements for full review by Governance.
  • Please send a report of the committee’s actions on each of the charges, as well as any recommendations the committee wishes to make concerning charges or membership for the following academic year, to University Governance, at govern@ku.edu, and submit the final report by April 17, 2020.  

Standing charges:

  1. Monitor the administration of the General Research Fund (GRF) and make recommendations, as needed, to ensure its effectiveness and appropriate utilization. 
  2. FY2022 Committee: Conduct three-year review of the GRF in spring 2022. The FSRC should pay particular attention to the entities’ different eligibility requirements for the competition (some entities accept applications from tenured or tenure-track faculty only while at least one other entity accepts applications from lecturers) in determining the degree to which entities are making effective use of the GRF. Reevaluate the allocation method for the GRF (see analysis in FSRC FY19 Final Report).
  3. Monitor the implementation of policies and procedures for determining which proposals will go forward in cases where the number of grant applications that may be submitted from the University is limited.  Identify problems or concerns, and report issues and recommendations to FacEx.  Policy located in Policy Library, Institutional Endorsement of Proposals when Submissions are Limited by External Funding Agency: Institutional Endorsement 
  4. Evaluate the execution of the University’s Restricted Research Policy (Faculty Senate Rules and Regulations, Article IX) in handling requests for exceptions.

Specific charges:

  1. Research the intramural funding available (amount, source, level) throughout all university departments and schools, report on the sources and amounts.
  2. Document the perceptions of the necessity of intermural funding between departments.
  3. Explore ways to increase the GRF and research alternative ways to distribute GRF funds.
  4. Contact the current Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor for Research to clarify our current standings within the AAU. Also, what are their specific plans to secure KU’s standing within AAU going forward.
  5. Consider ways to assess the importance of AAU membership to the faculty and gather faculty suggestions and concerns regarding university plans and approaches to secure our AAU membership.


Documents Regarding CLAS Request to merge GRF - REI

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences - General Research Fund Guidelines – FY 2021

GRF-REI Merger Recap (PDF)

GRF FY21 Application (PDF)

REI Application 2020-2021 (PDF)

REI Budget Sheet 2020-2021 (PDF)

REI Guidelines 2020-2021 (PDF)

REI Year 1 Final Report (PDF) 


Final Report:

FY20 Final Report (PDF)