Interim Vice President For Research
David O. Conover, PhD
Welcome to the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR)!
As the chief research officer for Stony Brook University, the Vice President for Research plays an important role in achieving two key goals of the University’s 2013-2018 strategic plan:
» to carry out research and intellectual endeavors of the highest international standards that advance knowledge and
have immediate or long-range practical significance and
» to provide leadership for economic growth, technology and culture for neighboring communities and the wider geographic region.
To further these goals, the OVPR provides numerous services and functions.
First, we help strategically position the university to be successful in attracting external support for research from federal and other government sources, industry, private foundations, philanthropy, and through partnerships with allied organizations such as Brookhaven National Lab, Cold Spring Harbor, and others.
Second, we facilitate the process of applying for grants and contracts and we manage awards to assure that the research is carried out successfully and that the requirements of sponsoring agencies are fulfilled. We also provide technology tools to disseminate information, facilitate collaboration and streamline research administration.
Third, we make strategic financial investments in matching funds on grant applications and improvements in infrastructure that supports research at the cutting edge of science and technology on this campus.
Fourth, we work with the Vice President for Economic Development to facilitate the translation of basic research and innovation into economic benefits to society and we promote technology transfer and licensing agreements with established private and start-up companies while also protecting the intellectual property rights of our inventors, the University, and our external partners.
Fifth, we are responsible for assuring that research conducted at Stony Brook is ethical, and compliant with government regulations, while at the same time informing the appropriate regulatory agencies about the seemingly unnecessary burdens some of those regulations may impose on the research enterprise.
Finally, as part of the Research Foundation (RF) for SUNY, we assure that our policies and procedures are consistent with those of system administration.
The OVPR is always open to ideas about how we can improve the effectiveness of our services to the campus, our sponsors, our partners, and our external affiliates. Please contact us if you have comments or suggestions.
David O. Conover
Interim Vice President for Research
David O. Conover Biography
Dr. David O. Conover serves as the Interim Vice President for Research at Stony Brook University and Operations Manager for the SUNY Research Foundation. Prior to his current role, Dr. Conover served as the Director, Division of Ocean Sciences at the National Science Foundation (NSF) where he managed a budget exceeding $350 million, the 2nd largest division at NSF. In addition to the development and management of annual budgets, Dr. Conover oversaw two major facility construction projects: the Ocean Observatory Initiative ($386 million); and the research vessel, R/V Sikuliaq, ($200 million) destined for operations in the Arctic ocean. His duties at NSF also involved U.S. federal support of academic research, facilities, and education programs in ocean sciences, including fleet operations and deep submersible programs. He instituted two new research solicitations involving diversity and broadening participation: one providing post-doc fellowships and one providing research initiation awards to early career scientists.
Dr. Conover retains the position of Professor of Marine Science in the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) at Stony Brook University, Long Island, N.Y. where he served as Dean from 2003-2010. As an expert on the ecology of marine fishes and fisheries science, he has authored over 125 publications. His most recent research involves determination of the long-term evolutionary (Darwinian) impacts of size-selective harvest regimes on the productivity of marine fish stocks. In 1997, Dr. Conover was named as the first recipient of the Mote Eminent Scholar Chair in fisheries ecology, a prestigious international award honoring those who have made major advances in the understanding of harvested marine species. He has also been the recipient of an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellowship.
Dr. Conover joined the faculty of Stony Brook University as an Assistant Professor in 1981. He served as Associate Dean of Marine Sciences from 1995-97 and became Dean in 2003. Under Dr. Conover’s leadership, SoMAS greatly expanded its faculty, added two undergraduate majors, more than quadrupled its enrollment, acquired new waterfront research and education facilities, and increased its endowments ten-fold. He has served on the boards of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, the National Association of Marine Laboratories, the Oceans and Atmospheres section of the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges, and was Chairman of the Board of the New York Sea Grant Institute. Dr. Conover also founded the New York Marine Sciences Consortium (http://nymsc.net/), an organization of 28 academic institutions with expertise in marine science research and education.