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Office of Research

Faculty Research Council

Purpose

The primary purpose of the Faculty Research Council is to make recommendations regarding faculty research policies and procedures and the allocation of organized research funds.  Grants are given to faculty members and/or researchers at the discretion of the Council and do not exceed $5,000 in any one academic year.  Proposals are encouraged from all disciplines, even those not normally associated with following research agendas, and all proposals are judged using the same criteria.  It is hoped that winners will leverage their grant as a means to acquire greater funding from outside the university.

Responsibilities:

  • Establish criteria and procedures for the awarding of research fund monies designated for internal faculty research grants.
  • Gather, review, and recommend faculty research requests involving expenditure of research monies designated for internal faculty research.

Composition and Terms of Membership

  • 2 faculty representatives from each major academic unit (College) appointed by the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs with recommendations from the Faculty Senate (voting)
  • 1 librarian appointed by the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs with recommendations from the Faculty Senate (voting)
  • 2 students (1 graduate and 1 undergraduate) appointed by the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs from nominations by the Student Government Association President (non-voting)
  • Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs or his designee.
  • The term of office for faculty members/librarians is for a maximum of three academic years. No faculty member/librarian shall be appointed for two consecutive terms on any University academic committee.
  • Student members are appointed for a term of one academic year.

Common FRC Questions & Answers

Current Awardees

Application Forms

2012-2013 Academic Year FRC Documents

The Faculty Research Council reports to the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs.  The current memebership is available here.

Please contact the Office of Research at frc@utpa.edu or phone(956) 665-2889 for more information or for assistance in applying for an FRC grant.