University Research Council (URC)

University Research Council (URC) Year-End Report 2018-2019

Website: https://umaine.edu/research/university-research-council/

Function:  The University Research Council (URC) provides input to the Vice President for Research (VPR) on strategic issues related to research, scholarship and creative achievement. Although it is not actively involved in policy making, it provides recommendations to the VPR on short-term and long-term research priorities, as well as on such topics as indirect cost recovery; research faculty; postdoctoral, graduate and undergraduate research activities; intellectual property and technology transfer; Office of Research Administration, Compliance, and Development Programs; and publicizing research successes.

The URC has a strong interest in evaluation, which is involved in planning exercises as well as in evaluating the effectiveness of programs and related policies.

Membership: The committee consists of the Faculty Senate, Chair of the Research and Scholarship committee, two faculty representatives from the College of Business, two from the College of Education and Human Development, three from the College of Engineering, five from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, five from the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture, one from Cooperative Extension, tow Deans or Associate Deans, three from University-level Research Centers and Institutes, the President of the Graduate Student Government, Research Administrator for EPSCOR, Director of the Office of Research Development, the Assoc VP for Graduate Studies and Senior Assoc Dean, the Dean of Libraries, the Director of the Office of Research Compliance, the Director of the Center for Undergraduate Research, the Director of the Office of Research Administration, the Executive VP and Provost, the VP for Innovation and Economic Development, the Assistant VP for Research, and the VP for Research and Dean of the Graduate School.

Reports to: Vice President for Research & Dean of the Graduate School