The Institute for Building Sciences endeavors to foster excellence in scholarly inquiry, research, and service activities that increase knowledge, enhance the environment, and serve mankind. Within these broad goals and in the spirit of academic freedom, the Institute encourages all initiatives of the faculty without regard to topic, philosophical orientation, or potential for external funding.
- The Institute for Building Sciences operates under the organizational structure of the Florida A&M University and the School of Architecture.
- The Institute is the point of coordination for all research, continuing education, and public service activities of the School of Architecture (SOA) at Florida A&M University.
- Before any proposal is submitted for review by anyone outside the School of Architecture, it must be submitted to the Institute for internal review and approval. All research proposals that are to be submitted for external funding must also be reviewed and approved by the FAMU Division of Sponsored Research. All proposals to conduct continuing education activities must also be submitted to the FAMU Division of Continuing Education for review and approval.
- All proposals, whether for research, continuing education, or service, and regardless of funding amount or source, are reviewed by the Director of the Institute and the Dean of the School of Architecture for compliance with the following criteria:
- Compliance with University rules and procedures.
- Ability to be completed in an exemplary manner within the proposed time and budget.
- Consistency with the mission of the School.
- Compliance with professional practice limitations.
- Possible unfair competition with the profession.
- Potential conflict of interest.
- Potential for educational involvement of students.
- Potential risks and liability for the School.
- Faculty are encouraged to pursue their intellectual interests and to apply or increase their skills and abilities throughout all areas of the discipline, without regard to any particular philosophy or doctrine. Therefore, no proposals are reviewed or screened on any basis other than the criteria listed above.