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University of Wisconsin–Madison

University Research Council

The University Research Council is the governance body for the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education as defined in Faculty Policy and Procedures 6.59.


1.    Advises the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education (VCRGE) on the overall UW-Madison research enterprise, including, but not limited by enumeration, to:
a.    Strategic planning to maximize the research productivity of faculty and staff, and to support highly innovative, transformative research.
b.    Allocation of flexible resources, including resources provided by WARF, such as support of research competitions, matching funds for grants, funding for recruitment and retentions, and honoring research contributions.
c.    Major campus-wide research programs and issues.
d.    Compliance processes and committees.
e.    Approving policies governing five-year reviews for VCRGE centers to ensure that centers remain at the leading edge of new discoveries. Members of the URC will provide advice to the VCRGE regarding the outcome of Center reviews.
f.    Review and approval of the establishment of new, and closing of existing, VCRGE centers.
2.    Brings to the attention of the VCRGE views and opinions of the faculty and staff. In turn, members are responsible for assisting the Office of the VCRGE in helping to communicate the research resources of the VCRGE office.
3.    Advises and counsels the VCRGE and the chancellor in the formulation of the annual request to the WARF board of trustees. The VCRGE and chancellor shall routinely seek the advice and counsel of the committee regarding the allocation and disposition of WARF funds. Ensures that the disposition of WARF  funds by the university is transparent to the WARF board of directors. The committee, or its individual members, shall be available to the WARF board of trustees, upon request, as direct and independent advisors and as such shall share with the trustees their expertise and insight.
4.    Creates subcommittees to study specific topics, as needed.

Upcoming URC meetings

December 6, 2018: 3 to 4:30 p.m., Room 334 Bascom Hall

April 25, 2019: 2-3 p.m., Room 334, Bascom Hall

URC Members

The members of the URC include representation from the four divisions, as well as faculty, academic staff, and classified staff. URC members are expected to represent the interests of the university community at large.

  • Steve Ackerman – Associate Vice Chancellor for Research in the Physical Sciences (ex officio, non-voting)
  • Paul Ahlquist — Departments of Oncology & Plant Pathology, Institute for Molecular Virology
  • Tim Donohue – Department of Bacteriology
  • Cynthia Czajkowski – Associate Vice Chancellor for Research in the Biological Sciences (ex officio, non-voting)
  • Dorothy Farrar-Edwards – Department of Kinesiology
  • Jan Greenberg – Associate Vice Chancellor for Research in the Social Sciences (ex officio, non-voting)
  • Florence Hsia – Associate Vice Chancellor for Research in the Arts and Humanities (ex officio, non-voting)
  • Bill Karpus – Dean of the Graduate School (ex officio, voting)
  • Christopher Kucharik – Department of Agronomy
  • Miron Livny – Department of Computer Sciences
  • Norman Drinkwater — Interim Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education (Chair, ex officio, non-voting)
  • Kevin Niemi – WISCIENCE
  • Mario Ortiz-Robles – Department of English
  • Carol Ryff – Institute on Aging, Department of Psychology
  • Elliott Sober – Department of Philosophy
  • Sainath Suryanarayanan – Department of Population Health Sciences
  • Cecilia Stodd –Department of Chemistry
  • Kirsten Wolf – Departments of German, Nordic and Slavic