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.