The DGSR’s Division for Scientific Research also will begin in a somewhat “virtual” manner. The Center will employ a Supervisor of Scientific Research to oversee and identify areas that will encompass research of particular interest to the faculty within the various colleges of the university. Research projects will be undertaken by PMU faculty assisted by students. The projects will be intended to help in the development and enhancement of the university’s educational and training missions.
Beyond the supervisor and some administrative support staff (likely shared with the general operation of the DGSR) scientific research and opportunities for externally funded research will come from collaborations with faculty and staff based within each of the academic units. Hiring of research and/or technical staff will be opportunity-driven as externally funded, scientific research projects are identified and awarded. Early consideration of hiring administrative staff to support grant proposal writing and submission will take precedence over the research or technical staff, at least in the first year of operation.
A successful program of externally funded research will also drive hiring considerations of these staff as well. Ultimately, potentially within the first two years of inception of the Center, the first Science Research Center analogous to the Applied Research Center will be created and supported through external funds. Within five years the goal should be to have three such science centers created and operational with fully sustainable support.