Organizational Structure

Although the vision, structure, and selected programmatic elements for CARD have been determined, a fully developed policy framework and strategic plan have awaited the hiring of a founding director, which recently was completed. Briefly, CARD will function principally as an enabling administrative framework for (a) identifying and creating opportunities in applied R&D, (b) establishing certain types of contract vehicles (GSA Schedules, CRADAs, PIAs, IDIQs, 8(a) company contracts), (c) supporting business processes that are specific to the mission agencies with which OU seeks greater interaction, (d) facilitating special alignments with external collaborators (e.g., Native American Tribes, 8(a) corporations), (e) supporting a stable of full-time professional researchers whose work complements that of faculty and who support the University’s education mission by collaborating with faculty, funding graduate students and serving on student committees, (f) providing a mechanism for faculty consulting on projects administered by CARD, and (g) increasing the visibility, relevance and prestige of OU as a comprehensive research university. 

CARD will coordinate closely with and leverage the strengths and resources of, but will not replace any aspects of, the Office of Research Services, which will continue to support all pre- and post-award activities and processes for University grants and contracts in both basic and applied research. Further, CARD will coordinate closely with the Center for Research Program Development and Enrichment, Office of Technology Development, Office of Export Controls, and Corporate Engagement Office. 

Important to the success of CARD is a cadre of professional non-faculty researchers who focus on applied R&D activities. As a self-supporting organization funded entirely by external grants and contracts and on a percentage of indirect costs returned, CARD will require time to establish this human resource capacity as well as a funding structure to sustain it. Consequently, as projects are funded, CARD will hire professional researchers whose salaries will be charged directly to grants and contracts. A special SRI structure will be created to ensure a strong funding base within CARD, and to incentivize faculty and college participation. Importantly, CARD will not infringe upon existing research structures, such as faculty members supporting their own post-docs, research associates and scientists, students, etc. Rather, CARD will provide an additional mechanism on campus for such individuals in the context of applied R&D. Depending upon collaborative interactions, CARD researchers may be located within research space associated with academic programs, or housed in other locations, particularly on the Research Campus, as programmatic directions warrant. The administrative structure of CARD will be lean so as to provide maximum support to its personnel, collaborating faculty and facilities.