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Michigan State University

Superfund Research Program

Administrative Core

Project Leader: Norbert E. Kaminski
Grant Number: P42ES004911
Funding Period: 2022-2027
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Project Summary (2022-2027)

The Administrative Core provides support for the research, training, community engagement, data management, and information and technology transfer in this Superfund Research Program (SRP) Center. Core leadership is provided by the Program Director/Principal Investigator, Norbert Kaminski, Ph.D. The core is located within the offices of the Institute for Integrative Toxicology at Michigan State University, a unit coordinating campus-wide multidisciplinary activities in environmental and molecular toxicology. The Principal Investigator is Director of the Institute. Staff for the Administrative Core includes a part-time accountant/administrator, a part-time secretary, and a part-time communications specialist. The PD/PI provides administrative and scientific leadership of the research program with input from an Internal and an External Advisory Committee.

The core organizes and supports regularly scheduled meetings and video- conferencing for exchange of research and administrative information among the entire research group. It prepares progress reports and other information that is required by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Superfund Research Program administration. Fiscal responsibilities attributed to the core include management and dissemination of funds to research projects and cores, monitoring of expenditures, and communication and reporting as required by NIEHS fiscal administration personnel.

The core takes leadership in and organizes activities involving communication with government officials and personnel regarding the research program. Brad Upham, Ph.D., coordinates the Research Translation activities. Communications required for Research Translation, including information and technology transfer, are led and coordinated through the core’s activities, including face-to-face meetings with local, state, and federal officials, updating of website information concerning research progress. A Pilot Project Program supported by non-National Institutes of Health funds principally from institutional support is being used for initiation of new research projects is also administered by the core.

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