Revised April 12, 2017
Scope: The Purdue University Northwest Faculty Research Board (PNW-FRB) promotes faculty and student research and serves as the independent advisory board to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost (VCAAP) or designee on all matters related to scholarly activities.
Functions: The PNW-FRB serves four primary functions: Research Advocacy, Research Policy and Procedure Advisement, Internal Grant Review, and Research Centers/Institutes Review.
Research Advocacy: The PNW-FRB promotes the importance of research to the university community and advocates for programs and services that support faculty and student research. This includes assessing faculty and student need for research support and educational programs; assisting with grant writing, budgeting and statistical consultation; and locating appropriate funding sources. The Board will also facilitate planning and execution of Faculty and Student Research Days.
Research Policy and Procedure Advisement: The PNW-FRB advises the VCAAP on policies
and procedures related to faculty and student research including internal grants and awards. This
includes providing feedback on the purpose of grants, amount of funding, timeline of request for
proposals and award period, as well as eligibility criteria and reporting requirements.
Internal Grant Review: The PNW-FRB conducts the review of internal research grants and
university research events. The process of review of internal research grants is standardized by
the PNW-FRB to include a rubric for evaluating grant proposals; a defined number of review
members; criteria and process for selection of members to serve on review committees; and a
timeline for the completion of the review process.
To insure the integrity of grant review process, Representatives of the PNW-FRB with tenure serve as chairs of internal research review subcommittees. A subcommittee of tenured faculty Representatives of the PNW-FRB will serve as reviewers for Internal Grant proposals.
Additionally, the PNW-FRB reviews reports of the Office of Sponsored Programs on faculty grant activity (funded and unfunded).
Research Centers/Institutes Review: The PNW-FRB serves in an advisory role for research
centers/institutes. Responsibilities include reviewing guidelines for creation and evaluation of
research-focused centers and institutes; reviewing written reports of research centers/institutes
and providing written feedback to directors of Centers/Institutes and to the VCAA and Provost.
A subcommittee of tenured faculty Representatives of the PNW-FRB with vote, will serve as
reviewers of Research Centers and Institutes.
Membership: The PNW-FRB is comprised of 16 Members from across the University, with 11
Board terms for Representatives last for three years. Initial terms (to be determined) shall be staggered during the first 3 years of the PNW-FRB to allow for rotating membership.
The PNW-FRB is comprised of the following Members:
- Seven Representatives of tenured and tenure-track associate and full professors from the following areas, serving with vote:
- 1 Representative from the College of Business
- 2 Representatives from the College of Engineering and Sciences
- 2 Representatives from the College of Humanities, Education, and Social Sciences
- 1 Representative from the College of Nursing
- 1 Representative from the College of Technology
- Two at-large tenured faculty Representatives, serving with vote
- Two at-large untenured/tenure track (assistant or associate professors) Representatives. Untenured and tenure-track Representatives serve with vote, except on matters related to review
of internal grants and review of research centers and institutes.
- The following five Members, serving ex officio without vote:
- VCAAP or designee
- 1 Designee from the Student Research Office
- Director of Sponsored Programs or designee
- Director of University Libraries or designee
Attendance: Representatives are expected to attend each meeting of the PNW-FRB, to be held
from 10:00 am -11:30 am, the first Friday of every month. If a Representative cannot attend a
meeting, he or she should notify the Chair in advance of the absence. There will be no substitute
representatives for missed meetings.
If a Representative is absent for two or more meetings during an academic year, the Board shall
notify the Dean of the Representative’s College and request a replacement Representative.
If a Representative goes on leave during the term of office, a replacement Representative will be
elected in accordance with the procedures below.
Election of Representatives: College Representatives to the PNW-FRB should be nominated
and elected by their College.
At-large Representatives of tenured and tenure-track/untenured faculty to the PNW-FRB should
be elected by the faculty of the University.
Representatives should be actively engaged in scholarship and grant writing.
The names of Representatives for the following academic year should be sent to the current
Board by April 1.
In order to ensure continuity, current faculty members of the PNW Faculty Research Board
whose terms do not expire at the end of the 2016-17 academic year will remain as
Representatives on the PNW-FRB for the remaining one or two years of their terms.
Election of PNW-FRB Chair: The Chair is elected for a one-year term by the voting
Representatives of the PNW-FRB. Only a tenured Representative from among the nine
Representatives with full voting rights can serve as Chair.
The election of Chair shall take place on the last PNW-FRB meeting of the academic year in
April. The newly elected Chair assumes his or her duties at the first meeting of the next academic
year in September.
During the term of service, the PNW-FRB Chair will receive either 0.25 FTE course release time
per semester or professional development support (up to $3,000 in replacement costs per
semester) at his or her choice.