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Faculty Research Awards Committee
|Name and Link to
|Abedian, Behrouz||Mechanical Engineering||Associate Professor||2011-2016||Co-chair|
|Zehl Romero, Christiane||German, Russian and Asian Languages and Literatures||Professor||2010-2015||Co-chair|
|Berry, Jeffrey||Political Science||Professor||2013-2018|
|Cronin-Golomb, Mark||Biomedical Engineering||Professor||2011-2016|
|Hofkosh, Sonia||English||Associate Professor||2014-2015|
|Hopwood, Jeff||Electrical & Computer Engineering||Professor||2013-2018|
|Oliver, William||Physics and Astronomy||Professor||2011-2016|
|Shultz, Mary Jane||Chemistry||Professor||2012-2017|
|Tu, Loring||Mathematics||Professor||2011-2015||LV AY 2014-2015|
|Brizuela, Bárbara||School of Arts and Sciences||Dean of Academic Affairs||Ex officio, nonvoting|
|McGowan, Donald||Corporate and Foundation Relations||Director||Ex officio, non voting|
|Omenetto, Fiorenzo||School of Engineering||Associate Dean of Research||Ex officio, non voting|
|Woodroffe, Christine||Research Administration||Senior Associate Director||Ex officio, nonvoting|
The function of the Faculty Research Awards Committee (FRAC) is to distribute funds in support of research conducted by members of the Faculty of Arts, Sciences and Engineering. The main responsibility is for members of FRAC to carefully review each proposal and come to the meetings prepared to discuss why each proposal should or should not be funded. Determinations concerning the distribution of funds shall be made by majority vote; in the event of a tie, the committee chair shall vote to break the tie. The committee is responsible for reviewing applications submitted to it, and, where appropriate, review evaluations, in support of applications, from experts in the applicant's field. These evaluations may be sought from persons within and outside the university. In making awards, the committee promotes faculty development by funding selected small projects and providing seed money for larger ones. The committee represents the faculty in seeking new internal and external sources of funding for the awards which it administers.
The committee consists of eleven members of professorial rank (assistant, associate and full professors). The membership shall include at least one member from each of the following areas: arts, engineering, humanities, natural sciences and mathematics, and social sciences. The following administrators or their designees shall be members ex officio without vote: the dean of the School of Arts and Sciences or designee, the dean of the School of Engineering, the director of the Office of Research Administration, and the director of the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations. The committee may appoint such additional members, without vote, as it deems appropriate. Members are appointed to a five-year term. The committee shall elect its chairman at the last meeting of the spring semester and the secretary of the faculty shall serve as secretary of the committee.
Committee members attend approximately three meetings per semester to consider various types of research proposals from the A&S&E faculty. Current committee members are ineligible to apply for faculty research funding awarded by FRAC, with the exception of Grants-in-Aid (awards up to $1500). This committee is not appropriate for tenure-track faculty members.