University Research Council

The University Research Council (URC) advocates for, promotes and supports an inclusive culture of research, scholarship and creative activities at Appalachian State University. The council will:

  • Review and/or formulate policies governing research administration at Appalachian State University and make recommendations to the vice provost for research.
  • Seek and recommend ways to support faculty and staff engaged in research and creative activities. This could include recommending ways to secure internal and external financial support, helping researchers navigate university policy and procedures for funded and unfunded scholarly and creative activities, and recommending improvements to university policies and procedures to enhance research, scholarship, and creative activity.
  • Provide recommendations to create an environment in which the faculty are encouraged to advance research, scholarly, and creative activities within their specialties. This might be accomplished by advocating for course releases to support scholarly and creative activity, recognizing work done, expanding student involvement in research and creative activity, and encouraging transdisciplinary and cross-college collaboration, among other activities.
  • Review URC proposals and make recommendations for funding.

Find a list of current University Research Council members, learn about the role of a URC member and how to join the URC, and find out how to contact your URC representative.

Discover how to apply and budget for URC grants. Resources include guidelines, application information, helpful overview webinar and list of current grant-funded projects.

2023-2024 Meeting Schedule

The URC typically meets on the third Tuesday of every month during the academic year from 4:00-5:00 pm.

  • September 19, 2023
  • October 24, 2023
  • November 28, 2023
  • January 23, 2024
  • February 20, 2024
  • March 19, 2024
  • April 16, 2024

Past meeting minutes can be found in our minutes archive.