Doing Research at MUSC
University Research Council
As an advisory body to the Vice President for Research, the University Research Council (URC) is charged to recommend initiatives and mechanisms to develop, promote and administer a dynamic and innovative research environment at MUSC with the goal of nurturing discovery and knowledge application for the benefit of society.
The committee was restructured by the Associate Provost for Research to focus on strategic issues of broader impact. Its membership is defined as the Associate Deans of Research from the Colleges, the Director of the Hollings Cancer Center, the Chief Research Informatics Officer, the Director of the South Carolina Clinical and Translational Research Institute, the Assistant Provost for Research Infrastructure, the Assistant Provost for Research Compliance and Regulatory Affairs, and two at-large members. Non-voting ad hoc members include the Director of the Office of Research Development and the Chair of the Research Communications Committee.
Specific tasks for the URC include:
- Monitor the overall research environment of the University, including conducting needs assessments for research administration, new technologies, cores and/or centers;
- Promote awareness of research initiatives and resources;
- Provide a forum for discussion of new research initiatives, including proposals for major new instrumentation, new cores or centers;
- Recommend new initiatives to achieve strategic research goals;
Three subcommittees report to the URC:
The Standing Operations subcommittee, comprising faculty from across campus, investigates specific aspects of research and its infrastructure in depth, makes recommendations to the URC for improvement, and provides a forum for faculty input into the overall research environment of the University.
The Clinical and Translational Research Action subcommittee (CTRAC) identifies impediments to the conduct of clinical and translational research, and provides recommendations to the URC regarding solutions and best practices.
The Research Communications subcommittee ensures that the research mission of the Medical University of South Carolina is highly integrated into brand strategy and communications, increases awareness and recognition of scope and nature of MUSC research internally and externally, increases growth in research initiatives that resonate with diverse publics, and supports the MUSC Imagine 20/20 Strategic Plan.
The respective Chairs of these committees serve on the URC.