From Appendix C By-laws of the Faculty Senate:
4.55 The Council for Research shall consist of faculty active and experienced in research, creative and scholarly activities, administrators and students concerned with various aspects of the research effort at URI. Its main objectives shall be to promote and facilitate research activities at the University, to ensure that research and other creative and scholarly activities are seen as being of equal importance with the instructional function of the University and to see that the close relationship between the two is recognized. The Council shall attempt to achieve this objective by serving as the representative voice of the university research community and by seeking aggressively to improve in all ways possible the environment for research at URI.
Specifically the Council shall:
- provide information to the President in response to all inquiries regarding research from the Board of Governors and the State Legislature;
- seek to identify all problems which hinder research efforts at URI and provide recommendations on their correction, or apply pressure to make needed changes;
- upon request, advise all campus groups and offices on matters relating to research;
- review and recommend policies for the management of research affairs at URI;
- review and recommend programs to solicit research funding for URI and participate in them;
- serve as the advisory council for the Vice President for Research and Economic Development;
- promote comprehensive understanding of the notion of research in order to enhance the well being of all creative scholarly activities at URI;
- submit to the Faculty Senate recommendations for changes in research policy; and
- submit an annual report of its activities to the Faculty Senate and the President.
4.56 The membership of the Council shall be chosen to reflect the diversity of the academic disciplines of the faculty. The Council shall comprise seven faculty members appointed in accordance with the By-Laws of the Faculty Senate (See section 6.1); three faculty members C-6 (9/08) chosen by the Vice President for Research and Economic Development; two faculty members appointed by the Provost; one member of the Council of Deans, chosen by that council; one director (or associate or assistant director) of a research center or bureau and one college business manager chosen by the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs; one graduate student chosen by the Graduate Student Association; one undergraduate student appointed by the undergraduate Research Grant Committee; the Dean of the Graduate School or designee; and the Vice President for Research and Economic Development or the Vice President’s designee as a voting ex officio member. The two students shall be appointed yearly. The members appointed by the Senate, the Council of Deans, the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Vice President for Research and Economic Development shall be appointed to three-year terms commencing in September. Wherever the same person or body is charged with selecting two or more members, the members’ terms shall be staggered. The Council shall elect its chairperson for the year from among the faculty members of the Council at its first meeting in September. The name of the chairperson shall be made known to the University community and reported to the Faculty Senate and the President.
4.57 The Vice President for Research and Economic Development shall be responsible for calling the initial meeting of the Council each fall. Subsequent meetings of the Council shall be held at the call of its chairperson, as often as necessary, but at least twice each semester. Items for its agenda, which may be submitted to the chairperson, shall normally come from the President, the Council of Deans, the Faculty Senate or its Executive Committee, research bureaus and centers, principal investigators, or the Vice President for Research and Economic Development.
4.58 Among its duties, the Council shall solicit proposals from the faculty; shall allocate among faculty on a competitive basis financial support for a “Faculty Development” program (using guidelines developed by the Council); and shall advise the Vice President for Research and Economic Development on the allocation among faculty on a competitive basis of financial support for a “Proposal Development” program (using guidelines developed by the Vice President for Research and Economic Development in consultation with the Council for Research). Support in both programs shall be for faculty salary and fellowships, student support, operating expenses, travel, and equipment.