ROC Mandate

The mandate of the Research Oversight Committee (ROC) is to report to the Genome Centre on the progress being made by the Project and make recommendations regarding continued funding as well as to provide advice and guidance to the research team to help ensure that the Project achieves its stated objectives and milestones.

Roles and Responsibilities of the ROC

To accomplish its mandate the ROC should:

  • Monitor quarterly milestones and assess the progress being made by the Project in order to: i) advise the Funders on continued funding for the Project; and, ii) provide advice to the project team to help them achieve their stated objectives and milestones.
  • Review proposed scientific, GE3LS or management changes to the Project and make recommendations to the Genome Centre regarding approval. At the first ROC meeting for a newly funded project, the ROC is responsible for reviewing the proposed Gantt chart and ensuring that the milestones proposed are consistent with those in the original proposal, or as modified by the review committee’s recommendations. The milestones are expected to be reasonable, quantifiable and include sufficient detail to enable the ROC to carefully monitor progress and advise the Genome Centre on continued funding.
  • Provide strategic advice to the Project Team and the Genome Centre on approaches and directions to aid the Project in realizing benefits and achieving its long-term objectives. This includes providing advice on major trends in science and technology that are likely to have an impact on the Project as well as scientific and GE3LS challenges facing the Project Team.
  • Review the implementation of the Project’s management plan and, where appropriate, make recommendations aimed at improving management of the Project.
  • Identify issues related to GE3LS, Data Release, Intellectual Property (IP) and translation of technologies that arise from the Project, where appropriate.


Jeffrey F.D. Dean - ROC Chair
Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology & Plant Pathology, Mississippi State

Ross Whetten
Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources, North Carolina State University

Thomas E. Kolb
School of Forestry, Northern Arizona University

Patrick Cumbie
ArborGen, Ridgeville, South Carolina

Anwar Naseem
Department of Agriculture, Food, and Resource Economics, Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences