University Research Council
As an advisory body for the Associate Provost of 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.
In 2013, 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 (Associate Provost for Clinical and Translational Science), two at-large members and the Chair of the Standing Operations Subcommittee.
- 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 hearing proposals for major new instrumentation, new cores or centers;
- Recommend new initiatives to achieve strategic research goals;
The Standing Operations Subcommittee, comprising faculty from across campus, is appointed by the URC to address specific operational items, to investigate specific areas in depth and to provide a platform for faculty input. Its chair serves as a member of the URC.