The mission of the Associate Vice Presidency of External Resources is to support faculty members and administrators in the search for and administration of external funding of the Ana G. Méndez University System. The VPARE [Spanish initials] provides services in external resources that meet the needs of the units of AGMUS among which are, education, student services, faculty development and research.
The Vice Presidency of External Resources is composed of two specialized areas: External Resources and Compliance. Furthermore, it is the headquarters of the five regulating committees.
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To carry out our mission, the Office complies with the following functions:
- Provide orientation related to the development of proposals, non-fiscal administration of projects, identification of funding opportunities and preparation of reports.
- Coordinate efforts between the institutions and the Central Administration.
- Offer training to the faculty and administrative personnel in the drafting of proposals, institutional policies, federal laws and the identification of sources of funding.
- Disseminate information regarding funding opportunities and government regulations.
- Maintain a bank of proposals submitted to external funding sources.
- Prepare the official reports of the institutions.
- Review existing policies and the development of new policies related to projects with external funding.
- Provide support and assistance to the Vice Chancellors of External Resources and Assistant Vice President of External Funding.
- Administration of the InfoEd/SPINPlus Program.
The purpose of the Compliance Office is to direct the processes to ensure compliance with the federal and local regulations that govern the scientific procedures in research and academic activities. The Office monitors and regulates the participation of human beings, the use of live or dead animals, handling of hazardous chemical substances or materials and recombinant DNA in research; in addition to the academic studies in all the institutions of AGMUS. The Regulating Committees are composed of members who represent the majority of the academic disciplines of the three institutions of AGMUS and members of the community, as required by law
The main responsibilities and functions of the Compliance Office are classified in four components:
- Advise the academics about the importance of complying with the established rules and procedures in a responsible and ethical manner in all scientific and educational research done in AGMUS.
- Provide advice if a noncompliance report appears.
- Coordinate with the Occupational Health and Safety Office the handling of biological and chemical material.
- Ensure that all of AGMUS’s scientific research collaborations with other institutions comply with the established rules and regulations.
- Constantly evaluate so that the established rules and regulations to comply with the federal and local laws that regulate scientific and educational research projects are followed.
- Evaluate the impact of the laws and regulations followed by the scientific research that is executed, coordinated or sponsored by AGMUS.
- Ensure the execution of the rules that regulate scientific research in AGMUS.
- Participate in the inspection of the facilities to guarantee that they comply with the laws and rules that regulate educational scientific research.
- Participate in the meetings of the regulating committees as advisor to clarify doubts in relation to the compliance.
Communication, Education and Certification
- Establish and maintain effective communication with the federal and state agencies that decree the laws and rules which govern the scientific research sponsored by SUAGM.
- Maintain the university and scientific community informed of the laws that are in effect and which govern scientific research.
- Design and coordinate compliance workshops for the university community.
- Provide the workshops with the certifications required by law, previously approved by the Regulating Committees.
- Develop and update the commitments (assurances) with the regulating agencies, related to research.
- Design the forms and documents for compliance with the scientific research.
- Organize and save the documents and files related to the activities and functions of the regulating committees.
- Assist the regulating committees in the development of their procedures, guides, reports and files.
- Offer administrative and secretarial support to the Research Compliance Committees.
- Assist in the internal and external audits, to evaluate the process of the Office.
- Develop instruments for collecting the regulated information.
- Implement and supervise the rules established by the Committees.
Permanent Regulating Committees (Enter the Regulating Committees page)
- Board for the Protection of Human Beings (IRB) – Research related to human beings.
- Biosafety Committee (IBC) – Research with bio-hazardous materials.
- Animal Care and Use Committee (ACUC) – Care, use and handling of animals in research.
Alternative Committees (ADHOC):
- Conflict of Interest.
- Responsible Conduct of Research.