October 25, 2014

Research Units

Marine Biological Laboratory
Policy No. A.1.3

Director’s Office

Initiated by:Science Council
Approved by:MBL Director/CEO
Date:May 28, 1993
Revision:#1, January 2005
Distribution:MBL Scientific Staff

1.0Laboratories

1.1Definition – Laboratories are generally directed by one or more scientists who are responsible for its scientific quality, productivity and funding.

1.2Establishment – Individuals may apply or be invited to apply to the MBL Director who will solicit review by the Science Council. Criteria for acceptance are intellectual strength, supporting the mission of the MBL, and appropriate funding.

1.3Review – The Director will request the Science Council to review all Laboratory Directors at regular intervals that are dependent on the rank of the Head of the Laboratory as defined in Policy A.1.2. to ensure adherence to the criteria above. In its evaluation the Science Council may rely on NSF, NIH, and other appropriate peer review. The Director can also seek ad hoc evaluations from appropriate individuals other than the Science Council membership, in keeping with his/her authority as Chief Executive Officer of the institution. Based on this review, the Director will recommend renewal of appointment, promotion or termination.

2.0Programs

2.1Definitions – A Program is an interrelated group of Laboratories which share common intellectual goals and interests. They may share facilities, equipment and support personnel. They engage in collaborative research and joint publications. Usually, they maintain additional funds for shared facilities, personnel and activities.

2.2Establishment - To form a recognized Program a proposal is submitted to the MBL Director who will solicit review by the Science Council, based on criteria above and those applied to individual Laboratories. Upon favorable review the Director will decide and inform the Trustees.

2.3Review – The Director will request the Science Council to review Programs on a regular basis (5-7 years). The Science Council may form ad hoc review committees involving outside reviewers when appropriate. Based on this review, the Director will recommend a new 5-7 year term for the Program, or termination. Alternatively, if the review is less than satisfactory, but is not sufficiently negative to justify termination, the Director may call for another review after a short period of time (not to exceed two years) during which deficiencies can be addressed and remedied.

3.0Centers

3.1Definitions – A Center is a collection of Laboratories or Programs with critical mass and a solid, long-term funding base. It has the commitment for institutional fund-raising to support its missions including its links to the summer research and educational programs. It has its own facilities and support personnel as appropriate to its science and administration.

3.2Establishment – Centers must be formally approved by the Trustees upon recommendation by the Director and review by the Science Council. The Science Council will seek outside review to evaluate the proposed Center’s goals, intellectual strength and funding potential.

3.3Review – The MBL Director appoints outside review committees who evaluate the goals and accomplishments of the Center. This review will include all programs and laboratories in the Center as well as all Senior Scientists. This review of the Center’s Senior Scientists will satisfy the review requirements required by Policy A.1.2. The committees advise the MBL Director, Trustees, Science Council and the Center on a regular basis (5-7 years). Based on the results of this review, the Director will recommend a new 5-7 year term for the center, or termination. Alternatively, if the review is less than satisfactory, but is not sufficiently negative to justify termination, the Director may call for another review after a short period of time (not to exceed two years) during which deficiencies can be addressed and remedied

4.0Policy Clarification and Updates:

Policy clarification and updates are available from the Director’s Office.