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Research Committees

Committees in the Office of Research and Innovation advance NC State’s mission by identifying areas of research interest, developing policies and best practices, and establishing partnerships throughout the community. As the Office of Research and Innovation develops strategies, these committees take on research policies and activities. And administrators, faculty and staff unite their goals with the university’s mission. The committees meet jointly each fall to discuss the state of research at NC State, and they retreat in the spring to help shape NC State’s research strategy.

Research Operations Council

College Associate Deans for Research and other research stakeholders make up the Research Operations Council (ROC). Chaired by the vice chancellor, the ROC identifies growth opportunities, determines areas of excellence, promotes cross-disciplinary and trans-institutional collaborations, and unifies local research goals with NC State’s research mission and priorities. The ROC meets monthly, except in July and August.

University Research Committee

The University Research Committee (URC) represents research faculty from the ten academic colleges and ex-officio staff members. Chaired by a faculty member, the URC is the faculty’s voice to research administration. The committee evaluates and advises on research-related issues and concerns and assists with identifying emerging areas of interest. The URC meets monthly during the academic year.

Research Support Council

The Research Support Council (RSC) is the research administration staff component of the vice chancellor’s research committees. Representatives from the Office of Research and Innovation’s SPARCS, Finance’s Contracts and Grants, college research offices, departments, and centers and institutes communicate and clarify external and internal research policy. The RSC is led by an executive committee and meets every other month, with the executive committee meeting on the alternate months.

Research Leadership Academy

The Research Leadership Academy (RLA) was established by the vice chancellor under the recommendation of the URC. The committee’s goal is to complement two other long-standing groups that honor NC State faculty: the Academy of Outstanding Teachers and the Academy of Outstanding Faculty Engaged in Extension. The RLA operates as the faculty-driven epicenter for the development and implementation of best practices in the empowerment of research faculty at all levels at NC State.