New & Revised Research-Related Policies

TO:           Principals, Deans, Academic Directors and Chairs

FROM:   Paul Young, Vice-President Research & Innovation

DATE:     3 December 2012

RE:           New & Revised Research-Related Policies

Over the past months we have been reviewing certain key research-related policies, seeking to bring them into better alignment with the University’s current context.  Following extensive consideration and subsequent discussion at the Research Advisory Board (RAB), the following three new or revised policies were circulated to Principals & Deans earlier this year for comment.  Based on feedback, modifications were made and we believe that the current versions of these policies form a stable basis on which the University can proceed with the effective and responsible administrative management of research.

We are now seeking broader review and feedback to ensure that a wide cross-section of perspectives are brought to bear on these policies before we forward them through the appropriate channels to Governing Council.

Copyright Policy

The attached draft revised policy includes certain updates and clarifications (in track changes).  It also moves the revenue distribution table to an appendix wherein the author’s share of revenues (unchanged from the existing policy) is clearly set out in order to provide a more accurate reflection of the actual distribution of publication-related revenue within the University.

Inventions Policy

The attached draft version of this policy also includes updates and clarifications (in track changes) and now includes theinventor’s share of revenue (unchanged from the existing policy) in the revenue distribution tables that have been moved to an appendix.

Research Administration Policy

This is a new policy, the object of which is to clarify, from across the broad range of agreements the University enters into with external parties, which of those are research agreements.  It clarifies roles and responsibilities in the administration of research and emphasizes the principle of full cost recovery in research.  This policy would replace the Policy on Research Agreements and the Recovery of Indirect Costs of Research.

I would ask that you review these new and revised draft policies and provide your comments prior to December 10th to your Vice-Dean/Vice-Principal Research or equivalent who, in turn, can convey their division’s feedback to Judith Chadwick, Assistant Vice-President, Research Services by December 13th.  Barring any major concerns, the final versions of the policies will proceed for review and approval through Governing Council.

Research Administration Policy

Inventions Policy

Copyright Policy