(Registered under the Andhra Pradesh societies RegistrationAct 2001(Act no. 35 to 2001). Registered no. 1691 of 2012)Research & Development CentreAEROSPACE SOCIETY OF INDIA is planning to develop a real time Research and DevelopmentCentre to infuse in new Technology, Management, Basic Sciences related Research Programmes. ThisCentre will also create a new avenue for today’s global changes in the environment. This centre callsfor socio economic bodies to plan for the need of research in relation to human and environmentalrequirements to utilize the modern technology and infrastructure. The AEROSPACE SOCIETY OFINDIA seeks to facilitate the development of new research initiatives that cut across the traditionaldisciplinary boundaries by means of commonly identifiable centers, institute programmes,laboratories. The Highest Order of Excellence, in strategic planning framework, that provides abroad, flexible set of ideas aimed at moving toward an overarching interdisciplinary vision will beinitiated. This will enhance the University's value to students, faculty, staff, and society. AEROSPACESOCIETY OF INDIA wants to leverage its "size, diversity, and interdisciplinary culture intocompetitive advantages that lead to reputation gains." The University research center will play animportant role in broadening the knowledge base which leads to new discoveries and which informsnew policies that ensure discoveries are incorporated into society in a productive and beneficialmanner. These same centers also, simultaneously, play an important role in educating and trainingthe next generation of innovators, upon whom the quality of the ideas of tomorrow depends. TheUniversity's commitment to strategic and potentially transformative initiatives in R & D sector willlead towards this goal of establishment of entirely new centers as well as the reorganization orredesigning of existing programs if any.Guidelines for Establishing Organized Research Units:The AEROSPACE SOCIETY OF INDIA Office of Research seeks to facilitatethe development of new research initiatives that cut across traditionaldisciplinary boundaries. One effective way of doing this is through the creationof multi-investigator collaborator units, commonly identified as centers,institutes, programs, laboratories. Collectively, we refer to these as ‘OrganizedResearch Units’ (ORUs).This document creates the act for guidelines for establishing ORUsI.Definition of an ORU (Organized Research Unit)Based on a benchmarking exercise that evaluated how several of our peerinstitutions define and manage ORUs, we have developed definitions for the
(Registered under the Andhra Pradesh societies RegistrationAct 2001(Act no. 35 to 2001). Registered no. 1691 of 2012)various terms used to identify ORUs that are established at theAEROSPACESOCIETY OF INDIA.Research Institute – is a single or multi-disciplinary unit which is organizedprimarily to conduct research, this may encompass the active involvement ofresearch scholars, Post Graduates and GraduatesEducation of under graduate, community outreach, or clinical services etc., ischaracterized by organizational stability, program autonomy, and a broadprogram of study. Typically, the institute funding for basic and applied researchis derived from multiple sources rather than a single source (e.g., one grant).They are expected to have substantial external funding (as per requirements), adedicated administrative staff and commitments from faculty. A program ofresearch training and the required infrastructure that may include organizedfund-raising activities. Faculty and research/teaching staff in institutes usuallyparticipates in interdisciplinary graduate/undergraduate programs will begenerated. Directors of research institutes based within a single school/collegetypically report to the dean or chair, although the dean and/or chair mayrecommend an alternative reporting structure. Directors of interdisciplinaryinstitutes in which multiple schools/colleges are substantively involved, and forwhich substantial central resources (matching central funds) are committed,may have a dual line of reporting; for example, to a vice provost and (an)appropriate dean(s).Research Center - is a single or multi-disciplinary unit, organized to conductresearch around a specific theme or topic, and may have some limitedinvolvement in undergraduate and/or graduate education and/or communityoutreach activities. Centers are characterized by less autonomy and lessindependence relative to institutes, and generally have a narrower scope ofresearch interests, but may also include educational, clinical and/or communityoutreach activities of a narrow scope. Centers are typically focused on a specificissue, project, or policy concern but often encompass interdisciplinary work
(Registered under the Andhra Pradesh societies RegistrationAct 2001(Act no. 35 to 2001). Registered no. 1691 of 2012)spanning various academic fields. The center’s lifetime is often limited by thetime and financial commitment to completing the particular project. Centers aretypically located within departments, institutes, and/or schools/colleges. Centerdirectors typically report to chairs, deans and/or institute directors, but deansand/or chairs may recommend an alternative reporting structure, such as a‘liaison committee’ or advisory board (if required by the sponsor), consisting ofmultiple chairs or directors from participating departments or divisions.Directors of interdisciplinary centers in which multiple schools/colleges areinvolved generally report to the dean of the school/college in which the centerdirector has his/her primary appointment.Other terms: The leader of an ORU may also choose other generic names, suchas “laboratory,” “unit,” or “program,” to describe the unit, as long as ajustification as to why it should not be designated as a center or institute isprovided at the time of naming. Programs or units for which research is NOTthe primary purpose are not obligated to follow these guidelines, but should notinclude the term ‘research’ in the title or primary mission statement. Nonresearch centers or institutes should seek approval and guidance from the deansand vice provosts most closely associated with their mission.II) AEROSPACE SOCIETY OF INDIA procedures for establishing newORUsA dean or deans may authorize the creation of an ORU; however the Office ofthe Provost must approve the name of any new research center, institute or otherproposed ORU. Deans should send a letter of request for the researchestablishments for an appropriate approval along with the followinginformation:
(Registered under the Andhra Pradesh societies RegistrationAct 2001(Act no. 35 to 2001). Registered no. 1691 of 2012)1. The proposed name of the new ORU2. A mission statement3. A list of the principal faculty members involved, including director(s) andparticipating researchers4. A short summary of the ORU's research agenda, including briefdescriptions of any funded and/or proposed initial research projects to bemanaged within the ORU5. A description of the organizational structure6. A description of the initial and potential external funding sources7. A detailed description of the matching funds requested centrally and asummary of the internal sources of support and space (if applicable)The sanctioning authority of Research will circulate a memorandum to selectedcampus administrators containing the data provided by the requesting unit. Thememo will request their feedback and ask for any concerns regarding thesuggested new center or institute name.Within the first quarter of the establishment of the ORU, the ORU’s staff isresponsible for creating and maintaining an ORU website, and for making surethe site is added to the “Research Centers”.III)AEROSPACE SOCIETY OF INDIA procedures for centralfinancial support (central matching funds)Typically, matching funds in the form of direct financial contributions and/orsalary cost-sharing are provided only in clear instances where the centerincludes multiple faculty from different departments and schools/colleges (e.g.,is ‘interdisciplinary’), and is required by a funding agency, or necessary to becompetitively successful. The department chair can assist with determiningwhether a proposal meets the requirements for receiving cost-share funding.
(Registered under the Andhra Pradesh societies RegistrationAct 2001(Act no. 35 to 2001). Registered no. 1691 of 2012)Requests for items that contribute to infrastructure (equipment, core expertise)will be considered. Salary and expendables may be supported if they are clearlyessential to support the administrative infrastructure for the funded work, butare not allowable within the costing rules of the funding program. Salaryrequests must also include the cost of the associated benefits. Requests formatching funds should follow the process outlined by the Office of Researchand utilize the facilities.Matching funds requests to the sanctioning authority of Research shouldillustrate how the proposed program addresses the following criteria:1. Is high-impact, potentially transformational to a field or discipline at thenational or international level2. Crosses traditional disciplinary boundaries (usually involves multipleschools/colleges) with broad impact at AEROSPACE SOCIETY OFINDIA3. Is potentially transforming to a critical area at AEROSPACE SOCIETYOF INDIA4. Seeds a new effort with strong potential to excel at AEROSPACESOCIETY OF INDIA5. Integrates research and education (facilitates classroom instruction,graduate research training, and/or community outreach)6. Creates new opportunities (likelihood of fostering additional researchopportunities and funding)IV) ORU Performance ReviewsA performance review of the activities of the ORU should occur no less thanevery five years to ensure that the research being conducted is high quality.
(Registered under the Andhra Pradesh societies RegistrationAct 2001(Act no. 35 to 2001). Registered no. 1691 of 2012)For ORUs that are subject to periodic outside peer evaluation the successfulcompeting renewal will suffice as the required five-year performance review.ORU PIs will report on the status of their competing renewals. The Office ofResearch will verify that they were peer reviewed.If a review of the ORU is not mandated by a funding agency, it is theresponsibility of the chair and/or dean of the ORU director to conduct theperiodic review. The review process and composition of the review team shouldbe approved by the Office of Research prior to commencement of the review.The recommendations from the Review Committee's report will direct decisionsabout the future of the ORU. Unfavorable reviews could lead to termination ofthe ORU by the responsible dean(s), in consultation with the sanctioningauthority of Research.The report sent from the ORU administrator to the review committee shouldbe less than twenty pages and address the following:1. Overview and executive summarya. Include a brief description and main research focus of the ORU(include date of inception), mission, history, and describe any changesthat have occurred since the original scope of the ORU (if any)b. Description of how the ORU aligns with the mission of theAEROSPACE SOCIETY OF INDIAc. Description of the ORUs strengths, weaknesses, opportunities andthreats
(Registered under the Andhra Pradesh societies RegistrationAct 2001(Act no. 35 to 2001). Registered no. 1691 of 2012)2. ORU organizational structure and spacea. Description of the organizational structure (or provide organizationalchart)b. Number of faculty members involved in ORUs research oradministrationc. Types and number of students or scientists involved from externalacademic organizationsd. Staff: professional, technical, and administrativee. Description of advisory committees, external partners and campuspartnersf. Description of current and planned grant supportg. Description of resource challenges3. Facilities and equipmenta. Description and amount of space currently occupied, space challenges,and plans for expansion or a move to a new locationb. List of major equipment, equipment needs, and planned majorequipment purchases4. ORUs research accomplishments over the preceding five year perioda. Overview of the progress and quality of the research accomplishedand in-progress, and highlight of major achievementsb. Overview of how your research has been transformational to yourfield and discipline and in a critical area at the AEROSPACESOCIETY OF INDIAc. Description of how your ORU has contributed to fosteringcollaborative research at the AEROSPACE SOCIETY OF INDIAd. New partnerships including industrial partnershipse. List of major awards received and/or fostered by the ORUf. List of major publications or conference papers by faculty andstudents (include publications in progress)
(Registered under the Andhra Pradesh societies RegistrationAct 2001(Act no. 35 to 2001). Registered no. 1691 of 2012)g. Technology transfer information such as patents, licensingh. Evidence of national and/or international reputationi. Evidence of public service and outreach and contribution at the statelevel5. Teaching and educationa. Number of graduate and postdoctoral students who are paid by unitfunds or participate because of a fellowshipb. Description of how your ORU integrates research and education(facilitates classroom instruction, graduate research training and/orcommunity outreach) and contributes to undergraduate and graduateeducationc. Direct or indirect contributions of ORU to graduate and undergraduateteaching programs of academic departmentsd. List of doctoral dissertations (past or in-progress) that benefited fromORU resources6. Benchmarkinga. Provide a brief description of similar ORUs nationally/internationally,and include any ranking or other evaluative information, if available,to indicate the relative position of the AEROSPACE SOCIETY OFINDIA ORUb. If the ORU was subject to peer evaluation as part of anational/international competition, provide relative rankings or scores,if available7. Financial Dataa. Awards and expenditure totals (including types of award)b. Five-year budget comparisonc. Budget projections8. Five-year goals
(Registered under the Andhra Pradesh societies RegistrationAct 2001(Act no. 35 to 2001). Registered no. 1691 of 2012)9. Review of ORU Directora. Description of the director’s leadership and effectivenessb. Description of the director’s strengths and weaknessesc. Description of the director’s accomplishmentsd. Description of the director’s goalsThe Office of the Provost retains the right to request a performance review ofany university-sanctioned ORU, at any point in the life of the ORU.The report of the review committee to the dean (of the ORU director) and tothe sanctioning authority of Research1. A brief statement describing the ORU’s research focus, mission, history,alignment with the mission of the AEROSPACE SOCIETY OF INDIA,and how the ORU fosters collaboration2. Summary of the ORUs accomplishments and goals3. Evaluation of the ORU with respect to research, teaching, and impact4. Evaluation of space5. Fiscal evaluation and outlook6. Review of the ORU director7. A summary of the recommendations of the ad hoc committee accordingto its chargeV) Review of Director of ORU Receiving Central Support (centralmatching funds)The performance of each ORU director should be reviewed at least every fiveyears. If a review of the ORU director is not mandated by a funding agency, itshould be the responsibility of the chair and/or dean of the ORU director to
(Registered under the Andhra Pradesh societies RegistrationAct 2001(Act no. 35 to 2001). Registered no. 1691 of 2012)conduct the periodic review. For non-peer reviewed centers, a review of thedirector is included as a component of the overall five-year review of the center.The review process and composition of the review team should be approved bythe Office of Research prior to commencement of the review. If the ORU is tobe continued, the decision whether to continue the appointment of the director isto be made by the dean(s) in conjunction with the to the sanctioning authorityof Research , except when the ORU is funded by a single funding source that iscompetitively renewed every five years or less. Successful peer review of thedirector by the funding agency will suffice as the required five-year review ofthe director.The committee should assess the abilities or skills of the director in guiding theunit according to the same criteria used in the review of the program itself. Thisreview is in no way connected with merit and promotion review as a member ofthe faculty.VI)ANNUAL report of ORU receiving central support (centralmatching funds)At the end of each academic year, every ORU is required to submit a report tothe responsible dean and to the sanctioning authority of Research. Typically, theinformation required for the annual report is provided through a copy of theannual report to the funding agency or to the stakeholders. In such instanceswhere no annual report is required by the funding agency or stakeholders, areport to the dean and To the sanctioning authority of Research is stillrequired, and should address the following points with any content variationsapproved by the To the sanctioning authority of Research :1. Names of graduate students and postdoctoral researchers directlycontributing to the unit who: (a) are on supported by the ORU, (b)
(Registered under the Andhra Pradesh societies RegistrationAct 2001(Act no. 35 to 2001). Registered no. 1691 of 2012)participate - through assistantships, fellowships, outreach, traineeships, orare otherwise involved in the ORUs work2. Names of faculty members involved in the ORUs research or its activities3. Extent of student and faculty participation from other campuses oruniversities4. Numbers, titles, professional, technical, administrative, and clericalpersonnel employed5. List of publications issued during the previous year by the ORU,including books, journal articles, and reports, showing author, title, andpublication source6. Annual funding from all sources, including income from the sale ofpublications, Intellectual Property and from other services7. Annual expenditures from all sources of support funds, distinguishing useof funds for administrative support, direct research, and other specifieduse8. Description and amount of space currently occupied, if different from theprevious year’s report9. Summary of cost center or other such research service activities managedby the ORU10.Any other information deemed relevant to the evaluation of a unit'seffectiveness, including updated five-year projections of plans andresource requirements where feasibleVII)Guidelines for commitment of funding between primary units(deans, chairs; schools/colleges/departments) and ORUs to bemaintained in accordance with the sanctioning authority ofResearch
graduate research training, and/or community outreach) 6. Creates new opportunities (likelihood of fostering additional research opportunities and funding) IV) ORU Performance Reviews A performance review of the activities of the ORU should occur no less than every five years to