AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts Amherst recently named two new directors to the campus’s research administration team to streamline grant submissions and provide support for faculty who have new inventions or are seeking federal, industry or foundation support for research.
Mike Malone, vice chancellor for research and engagement, announced that Fred Reinhart (left), who has served as a consultant to the campus’s Commercial Ventures and Intellectual Property (CVIP) office for the past year, is now its permanent director. Also, Ian Raphael has been named director of the campus research business manager network (RBMNet) with a goal to improve the campus’s research competitiveness.
Malone said the RBMNet was established following an administrative quality assessment and development study recommendation last year. The assessment was modeled on a similar exercise regularly carried out to evaluate academic quality and development. "It’s a way for us to respond to the growth of the burden that comes with increased research," he noted.
"My feeling is we should set the same high standards in supporting research administration as we do in the research itself." The largest group who will benefit from the network will be graduate students who will be supported on sponsored research projects, the vice chancellor added.
Raphael, who holds a master of public administration degree from the University of Vermont, will build the campus-wide network to offer new capabilities for research project management. He will partner with deans and institute directors to manage and continuously improve prompt, high quality and coordinated administrative processes. He comes to UMass Amherst with experience in research project management at Stanford and the University of Pennsylvania, among others.
Malone said, "Ian Raphael has a great background at first-rate institutions, where he worked closely with faculty and administration. I’m confident he’ll be a great leader in our goal to substantially increase research activity on campus. He’ll be an advocate for proactive, responsive and effective research administration. We need to build the infrastructure, the support services for our faculty, leaving them free to do what they do best, which is to innovate and develop new ideas."
Reinhart comes to the campus as a consultant in academic technology transfer with years of experience in research and technology commercialization, licensing, collaboration, material transfer, formal patents, non-disclosure agreements and other tools of the technology transfer process at institutions such as the New England Medical Center, Wayne State University and the University of Michigan.
Malone said, "Fred has a national reputation at the highest level in his field and is a well-connected senior professional with extensive knowledge of university technology transfer operations. He’s already done a thorough review of processes and made things more efficient on campus and is now working closely with partners here and in the UMass system to take the campus innovation enterprise to the next level."
As CVIP director, Reinhart is expected to provide leadership, vision and direction for a group of technology transfer professionals to identify, evaluate, protect, market and license new inventions developed by campus researchers. He will be responsible for a variety of agreements with industry and non-profits and will develop and maintain internal and external relationships including with the general counsel’s office and the UMass president’s office.