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.
- Advises the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education (VCRGE) on the overall UW–Madison research enterprise, including, but not limited by enumeration, to:
- Strategic planning to maximize the research productivity of faculty and staff, and to support highly innovative, transformative research.
- 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.
- Major campus-wide research programs and issues.
- Compliance processes and committees.
- 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.
- Review and approval of the establishment of new, and closing of existing, VCRGE centers.
- 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.
- 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.
- Creates subcommittees to study specific topics, as needed.
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 – Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education (Chair, ex officio, non-voting)
- Paul Ahlquist — Departments of Oncology & Plant Pathology, Institute for Molecular Virology
- Nadine Conner – Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Policy and Compliance (ex officio, non-voting)
- 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
- Brian Fox – Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Policy and Integrity (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
- Kim Moreland – Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Administration, Director of Research and Sponsored Programs (ex officio, non-voting)
- Kevin Niemi – WISCIENCE
- Mario Ortiz-Robles – Department of English
- Carol Ryff – Institute on Aging, Department of Psychology
- Nora Cate Schaeffer – Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Research in the Social Sciences (ex officio, non-voting)
- Petra Schroeder – Associate Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration (ex officio, non-voting)
- Cecilia Stodd – Department of Chemistry
- Mary Trotter – Department of English
- Amy Wendt – Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Research in the Physical Sciences (ex officio, non-voting)
- Kirsten Wolf – Departments of German, Nordic and Slavic