The Board of Directors is responsible for all administration, budgeting and fiduciary leadership obligations of the foundation.
The Grant Committee evaluates and prioritizes potential research projects and makes all final decisions related to grant issue.
Advisors: Recognized credible and credentialed professionals will serve as Advisors to the Grant Committee to facilitate the Committee’s function. Advisors provide logistical, technical and other related information to help guide the Grant Committee towards well-informed decisions for issuing research grants.
The Board of Directors, for operational budgetary considerations, first reviews all incoming donated funds. The Board will decide any amounts needed for operational and/or ongoing expenses and reserves. As all participants are volunteering their time and expertise, ERF launches with zero payroll and minimal overhead in the budget.
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Operating expenses might include such line items as legal counsel, accounting and audit, insurance considerations, potential travel, administrative considerations like website and other informational materials. Given the clean and simple organizational structure of ERF, and the experienced professionals volunteering their time, administrative and operating expenses are anticipated to be minimal.
After administrative and operational expenses, and reserve, have been accounted for and separated, all remaining incoming funds will be assigned to the Grant Committee to fund research. The Grant Committee will have autonomous authority to decide grant issue. All Grant Committee grant decisions will be final.
All research projects, to qualify for funding consideration, must commit to immediate submission to the peer-review and publication processes. Once published, the comprehensive details of each study, including the researchers and their affiliations, abstracts, protocols and processes, and results will be openly available to consumers, the general public, regulators, manufacturers, vendors, and critics, and mainstream/global media alike.
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