UNINT Research Commission
Composition of the University Research Commission (2017-2020)
The University Research Commission is composed as follows:
- The Rector, who chair the Commission (Mr. Francisco Matte Bon);
- A representative from each faculty - Mrs Antonella Ercolani (Dean of the Faculty of Political Science), Mr Alessandro De Nisco (Dean of the Faculty of Economics) and Mrs Mariagrazia Russo (Dean of the Faculty of Interpreting and Translation);
- Rector's delegate for Research Commission (Mr. Cirò Sbailo);
- Member of the Board of Director, delegate for Research Commission (Mr. Giovanni Bisogni)
The Commission is chaired by the Rector or, in his absence, by the Rector’s Research Delegate. The Commission lapses with the lapse of the Board of Directors who appointed it. The University Research Commission makes decisions by a majority of the members present. In case of a tie, the Chairman's vote prevails. The Rector’s Research Delegate serves as Secretary if the Commission is chaired by the Rector; the Board's Research Delegate serves as secretary if the Commission is chaired by the Rector's Delegate.
Tasks of the University Research Commission
The University Research Commission manages and coordinates the University's research activities on an annual basis for financial matters. In particular, it:
• proposes the allocations of the Fund and its possible variations to the BoD, as well as the criteria for evaluating funding requests (Article 14);
• develops the University’s Annual Research Plan on the basis of the annual allocation to the FRSA, i.e. the Italian acronym for the University Research Fund, and its distribution approved by the BoD. The University’s Annual Research Plan is drawn up by November 30th of each year and is published on the official University website after receiving the approval of the BoD;
• identifies any common lines of research based on each of the advance papers that teachers will propose while awaiting a broader research plan;
• ensures the regularity of the application procedures for access to the University Research Fund and decides on the granting of funds;
• monitors the scale and progress of research activity through the collection of advance and summary papers from each University professor and researcher;
• activates ex-post verification procedures of the results obtained in the research activities in relation to the objectives set;
• drafts an Annual Report on the research activities of the University;
• proposes amendments to the Regulations for University research activities;
• verifies compliance with the Regulations;
• promotes and organises events for highlighting and disseminating research activity results, including individual ones.
Decision-making methods of the University Research Commission
In case of urgency, the Rector may use access to the research fund up to a maximum amount determined by the BoD, after speaking with the BoD representative within the University Research Commission and one other member; the permits thus granted must be ratified at the next upcoming board meeting.
Based on the research activity and possible scenarios, the University Research Commission proposes the funding evaluation criteria to the BoD. The evaluation criteria are indicated in the University’s Annual Research Plan approved by the Board of Directors. In the case of multiannual research projects, progress will be assessed on the basis of project managers' annual reports regarding the research content and on expenses incurred relative to the project’s allocated budget.
How the Commission works
The Board of Directors’ Research Delegate acts as a link between the BoD and the University Research Commission. In carrying out his duties, he co-ordinates with the Rector's Research Delegate and with the Rector.
The Rector’s Delegate, assisted by the Research Office, collects research proposals from the eligible applicants and prepares the meeting agendas to be submitted for approval to the Rector. The Delegate also verifies that the received proposals are properly substantiated and documented. The Rector's Research Delegate is responsible for overseeing and coordinating the monitoring and management activities of University research and for taking care of external relations. Within the University Research Commission the Delegate is the link between the University and proposals and requests coming from outside, and in particular, between the University and the Conference of Rectors of Italian Universities and the Ministry of Education, Universities and Research. In these activities, he coordinates with the Rector, with the Board of Directors’ Research Delegate and with Research Office’s administrative staff.
Schedule of upcoming meetings: 29th November 2017, 20th December 2017, 9th January 2018, 31 January 2018, 28 February 2018.