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University Research Council (URC)

Council Charge
The University Research Council serves at the pleasure of the Vice President for Research to provide feedback and suggestions on a broad range of research related initiatives, policies, procedures, and enhancements at the University of Nevada, Reno. The URC also serves as a forum for the Vice President for Research to seek guidance for strategic initiatives and evaluate submissions for internal competitive programs.

The Vice President for Research will convey information pertinent to the conduct, growth, and development of research at the University of Nevada, Reno to the University Research Council to enhance dissemination of such information to the campus community.

Council Representatives
The University Research Council benefits from the contributions of University senior faculty and administration. The URC is comprised of two faculty members appointed by the Faculty Senate, Associate Dean’s from the College of Science, the College of Engineering, the College of Business, the School of Medicine, and Cooperative Extension, as well as Chairs and other research intensive faculty members from diverse disciplines across campus to construct a representative group of scientist and scholars.

Meeting Protocol
The University Research Council meets once a month in the Fall and Spring Semesters on the second Friday of the month from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Vice President for Research’s Conference Room (Ross Hall 207). Meetings during the summer months are held at the discretion of the committee, and if held, will be done so at the same time and place.

Special meetings of the University Research Council may be held as necessary, and any details for special meetings will be posted in advance.

Meeting Information
Agendas and minutes for University Research Council meetings are available through the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation. If you would like to request a copy of the agendas and minutes, or if you have any items or topics you would like to bring before the University Research Council, please contact Asta Ratliff at

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