Establishment of the Interdisciplinary Research Centers

Policy Memorandum No. 118

Recommended by the Commission on Research
Approved by University Council: November 4, 1991
Approved by the President: November 4, 1991
Effective: Immediately

The University Council, on recommendation of the Commission on Research, unanimously approved the policies and procedures governing the Interdisciplinary Research Centers (IRC). As defined in the resolution, an IRC is "a group of academic faculty and their associates (research associates/scientists, graduate students, undergraduate students, classified staff) from more than one college, formally recognized by the University, and reporting directly to the Office of the Provost, banded together to pursue research goals that require input from two or more disciplines." The approved resolution was developed to (1) reflect and articulate previous policy guidelines, and (2) recognize more recent State Council for Higher Education requirements for the systematic review of interdisciplinary centers.

Following is the text of the resolution as adopted by Council.

WHEREAS interdisciplinary research is a significant and growing component of the University's research efforts, and

WHEREAS many current research problems and funding agencies and programs require an interdisciplinary approach, and

WHEREAS many interdisciplinary centers have been established on this campus, and

WHEREAS the Commission on Research believes that general policies and procedures for the establishment, governance, operations and evaluation of such centers is desirable,

THEREFORE LET IT BE RESOLVED, that these policies and procedures be adopted and included in the Office of Sponsored Programs Manual of Procedures.


President's Policy Memorandum